MotoGP title contender Jorge Martin has made the perfect start to the Qatar round after topping Free Practice 1.
The first practice session started with championship contenders Jorge Martin and Francesco Bagnaia on the track together. Bagnaia was following Martin, who was also behind Bastianini and Morbidelli. Unfortunately, Aleix Espargaro crashed at turn 14, continuing his tough weekend after multiple crashes in Sepang. Martin then took the top spot on the leaderboard, going half a second faster than Raul Fernandez. However, he was later pushed down to third as Bastianini became the first to set a lap time in the 1m 57s range. Bagnaia joined him shortly after, and the two Ducati riders were leading until Di Giannantonio went faster by just over a tenth. Di Giannantonio then continued to set impressive laps, ultimately taking the top spot by 1.1 seconds ahead of Bagnaia. Martin reclaimed the lead by four tenths, while Augusto Fernandez crashed in sector four.