Morbidelli takes charge

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Madrid, August 8 (EFE) .- Italian Franco Morbidelli (Yamaha YZR M 1) took charge of the free practice sessions of the Czech Republic MotoGP Grand Prix at the Brno circuit, ahead of the French Johann Zarco (Ducati Desmosedici GP19) and Fabio Quartararo (Yamaha YZR M 1).
The Italian Francesco “Pecco” Bagnaia was the great loss of this second day of training in Brno, because after the fall he suffered yesterday in the first free practice he was diagnosed with a fractured tibia in his knee and this morning he traveled back to Italy to undergo surgery.
Apparently the fracture looks very clean and the operation could be performed by arthroscopy, a much less invasive technique, to implant a single fixation screw, which could allow him to return in the second Austrian race if all goes well.
On the Brno asphalt, much criticized by the MotoGP riders for being bumpy, very winding and old, Fabio Quartararo (Yamaha YZR M 1) remained much of the session at the front of the standings, slightly ahead of his own teammate, the Italian Franco Morbidelli, who ended up being the first to miss the times of the first day.
These asphalt conditions have put many riders upside down, including those of Ducati, the bike that may have adapted worse to these conditions and that is why its riders were seen far behind on the timesheets and Andrea Dovizioso with many problems of movement of the motorcycle at the exit of the curves, when opening the accelerator.
Morbidelli, with just over eleven minutes of training, was the first to change the tires and mount the soft ones to run in 1: 56.037, which placed him in first place and just ten milliseconds of the circuit record, which keeps since 2014 Spaniard Daniel Pedrosa (Repsol Honda RC 213 V), followed by Spaniard Alex Rins (Suzuki GSX RR), recovered much more from his shoulder discomfort, while Fábio Quartararo then entered the workshop to make the last tire change.
Before Quartararo made a quick lap, Italian Valentino Rossi (Yamaha YZR M 1) slipped in front of him, first overtaking the Frenchman and on the next lap Alex Rins to reach second place after Morbidelli, although he was already making a quick lap with his teammate Maverick Viñales, who took third ahead of Rossi, although both were overtaken by Spaniard Aleix Espargaró (Aprilia RS-GP).
Aleix knew how to “read” the training conditions very well and went after the whirlwind to get the second best time, although at that time all the riders were working “hard” and the second place in Aprilia did not last long, with Fabio Quartararo and his brother Pol Espargaró (KTM RC 16) overtaking him on his way to the finish line.
And they were not the only surprises because on the last valid lap, Brit Cal Crutchlow (Honda RC 213 V) took his own teammate, the Japanese Takaaki Nakagami, from the second straight classification, as did the Frenchman Johann Zarco (Ducati Desmosedici GP19). the same with the Spanish Alex Rins.
In addition to Rins and Nakagami, riders at the level of Italian Andrea Dovizioso (Ducati Desmosedici GP20), thirteenth, or Australian Jack Miller (Ducati Desmosedici GP20) were left out of the second direct classification.
Tito Rabat (Ducati Desmosedici GP19, was seventeenth, Alex Márquez (Repsol Honda RC 213 V), nineteenth, and Iker Lecuona (KTM RC 16), eleventh.

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