MotoGP: Bagnaia Leads FP2 at Italian Grand Prix

June 9, 2023Ray Milton

The MotoGP season is back in action this weekend for the Italian Grand Prix at Mugello. Francesco Bagnaia, Enea Bastianini, Raul Fernandez and Miguel Oliveira are declared fit for the Italian Grand Prix. After being on the injury report after the French Grand Prix all of the riders will be back in action this weekend. Bastianini has not yet raced a full weekend this season due to suffering a back injury in the first Sprint Race of the season in Portimão. As reported by Reuters, Bastianini stated, “After so many weeks off it won’t be easy. In any case, I’m motivated. It’s our home race and I’m aiming to do well.”

Championship leader Bagnaia suffered an ankle injury in the last race. The injury does not appear to be affecting him in terms of on track performance. Bagnaia and Bastinaini have not raced together since the beginning of the Sprint Race in Portimão. Race fitness issues may come into play for Bastianini this weekend. Marco Bezzecchi (Mooney VR25 Racing Team) ran second fastest in FP with Alex Rins (LCR Honda CASTROL) running third. Rins seemed to be in good form in the session.

Woes for Marc Marquez

Fellow Honda Rider and 8 time world Champion Marc Marquez had a lack luster session finishing P8. He stated, “We had a difficult day today, Mugello is always a bit of a tough track for us and I had to use a lot of energy today to get into Q2. This was our target so I am satisfied we were able to achieve it but we need to improve a few points for the next two days. It was a busy day trying things today as well, which should help us to come up with some solutions for tomorrow. The goal for tomorrow is to try and stay inside the top ten, the weather is still looking a bit uncertain so this might offer us some more opportunities.”

The Italian Grand Prix will take place at Mugello. Mugello is a 3.26 mile long course that features 15 turns and a 3744 ft long straight. A fan favorite for top speed. The riders will head in to FP3 and Qualifying tomorrow morning.

Full Italian Grand Prix FP2 Results