Viñales Takes Top Spot in Valencia, Bagnaia Faces Q1 Challenge

The current champion did not have his day and will have to put in a little more effort

by Sededin Dedovic
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Viñales Takes Top Spot in Valencia, Bagnaia Faces Q1 Challenge
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Maverick Viñales topped the second free practice session for the Valencia Grand Prix, while reigning champion Francesco Bagnaia will have to go through Q1 on Saturday after finishing only 15th. Viñales set a best lap time of 1'31.734, just over 0.1 seconds ahead of Jorge Martín.

Joan Zarco, Fabio Di Giannantonio, Marco Bezzecchi, Brad Binder, Marc Márquez, Raúl Fernández, Jack Miller, and Aleix Espargaró completed the top ten. The session was interrupted after Miller crashed at the Turn 8 chicane, but the Ducati rider was able to remount his bike and continue.

Bagnaia struggled throughout the session and ended up over a second off the pace. Surprisingly bad driving by the champion, now he will have to put in a little more effort. The Italian now faces a difficult task in Q1, as he needs to finish in one of the top two positions to progress to Q2.

Bagnaia has taught us one thing so far, and that is to never write him off.

Acosta Fastest in Moto2

In Moto2, Pedro Acosta was fastest with a time of 1'33.768. Fermín Aldeguer and Aron Canet were second and third respectively.

Acosta is the leader in the Moto2 championship and has a comfortable lead over Toni Arbolino. Pedro Acosta is quite young, he was born on May 25, 2004. With his aggressive driving style, he became a crowd favorite in a short time.

Olgado Fastest in Moto3

In Moto3, Daniel Holgado was fastest with a time of 1'38.706. Deniz Öncü and Joel Kelso were second and third respectively. Iaume Masià is the leader in the Moto3 championship and has a healthy lead over Ayumu Sasaki.

Masia reigns supreme on the Moto3 scene. He started racing motorcycles at the age of six. He won the Moto3 World Championship in 2023. The Valencia Grand Prix will conclude the 2023 MotoGP season. We can be satisfied with what was shown this season because since this season Moto GP has gained great popularity.

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