RNF Aprilia’s Raul Fernandez ended Friday practice for the Qatar Grand Prix as the surprise leader, while title rivals Jorge
After a dirty track surface caused slow lap times in FP1, Maverick Vinales of Aprilia took the top spot before Fernandez ultimately finished the day in first place. Fabio Di Gianantonio of Gresini was close behind in second, pushing Vinales to third. Brad Binder of KTM claimed fourth, and Aleix Espargaro of Aprilia rounded out the top five. Luca Marini, running for VR46, secured sixth place. Martin outperformed his championship rival Bagnaia for the second time. The Ducati pair struggled with their bikes’ front ends and will need to make improvements for the next day. GasGas’ Augusto Fernandez and Honda’s Marc Marquez also secured spots in Q2. Miller missed out narrowly, followed by Alex Marquez of Gresini. Yamaha’s Franco Morbidelli finished in 13th, while Fabio Quartararo, the 2021 MotoGP champion, had a disappointing 21st place finish. Marco Bezzecchi of VR46 and Johann Zarco of Pramac were surprisingly far down the pack in 15th and 16th, respectively. Enea Bastianini, the Malaysian Grand Prix winner, also had work to do as he finished in 18th place following yellow flags at the end of the session.