That creates a nervous scenario for Aprilia’s ‘Captain’, who is locked in a gripping battle with World Championship leader Fabio Quartararo (Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP™) for the 2022 title. If FP3 is wet, as FP1 was, then he will certainly be going into Q1 and then faces a fight to get himself onto the first four rows of the starting grid for Sunday’s race. The Frenchman, on the other hand, has inherited second position on the timesheet and is provisionally into Q2, as is Enea Bastianini (Gresini Racing MotoGP™) given he shifts up to 10th. Fortunately, for Espargaro, however, the forecast for Saturday morning is currently dry.

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