Marquez leads FP1 at Mugello

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Championship leader Marc Marquez kick-started the Italian Grand Prix with a fastest time of 1:47.558 to end MotoGP FP1 at the summit, with Ducati’s Danilo Petrucci and Michele Pirro completing the top three on home soil.

It was glorious Tuscany weather for the premier class as they went out for FP1 at Mugello and it was the Honda of Marquez who set the pace throughout, eventually beating Petrucci by over a tenth as the factory Ducati man jumped to second on his final flying lap. It was a strong opening session for Ducati test rider Pirro who, while sporting a new rear wheel cover, managed to finish third fastest.

Top rookie Fabio Quartararo seemed to enjoy his first taste of Mugello on a MotoGP machine, the Frenchman putting in a couple of late flying laps to end FP1 in fourth as Pirro, Quartararo, Aprilia Racing Team Gresini’s Aleix Espargaro – the Spaniard suffering a mechanical in FP1 – and Pramac Racing’s Jack Miller all set 1:47.8s as the quartet were split by a slender 0.010.

Takaaki Nakagami took the chequered flag in seventh to head Pol Espargaro and LCR Honda Castrol’s Cal Crutchlow, with Andrea Dovizioso having a steady session to finish tenth – 0.656 covering first to tenth. Home hero Valentino Rossi took P12 in the opening session of the weekend.

Full Standing: 

Pos. Rider Bike Km/h Time Gap 1st/Prev.
1 Marc MARQUEZ Honda 343.1 1'47.558  
2 Danilo PETRUCCI Ducati 348.7 1'47.751 0.193 / 0.193
3 Michele PIRRO Ducati 341 1'47.804 0.246 / 0.053
4 Fabio QUARTARARO Yamaha 340.6 1'47.811 0.253 / 0.007
5 Aleix ESPARGARO Aprilia 343.7 1'47.812 0.254 / 0.001
6 Jack MILLER Ducati 346.4 1'47.814 0.256 / 0.002
7 Takaaki NAKAGAMI Honda 338.6 1'47.925 0.367 / 0.111
8 Pol ESPARGARO KTM 342.6 1'48.001 0.443 / 0.076
9 Cal CRUTCHLOW Honda 342.9 1'48.109 0.551 / 0.108
10 Andrea DOVIZIOSO Ducati 346.1 1'48.214 0.656 / 0.105
11 Alex RINS Suzuki 350 1'48.229 0.671 / 0.015
12 Valentino ROSSI Yamaha 337.9 1'48.356 0.798 / 0.127
13 Andrea IANNONE Aprilia 344.4 1'48.367 0.809 / 0.011
14 Maverick VIÑALES Yamaha 336.1 1'48.392 0.834 / 0.025
15 Franco MORBIDELLI Yamaha 330.3 1'48.421 0.863 / 0.029
16 Karel ABRAHAM Ducati 342.6 1'48.427 0.869 / 0.006
17 Francesco BAGNAIA Ducati 338.2 1'48.532 0.974 / 0.105
18 Jorge LORENZO Honda 343.8 1'48.550 0.992 / 0.018
19 Joan MIR Suzuki 341.3 1'48.897 1.339 / 0.347
20 Johann ZARCO KTM 341.2 1'48.960 1.402 / 0.063
21 Tito RABAT Ducati 341.5 1'49.216 1.658 / 0.256
22 Hafizh SYAHRIN KTM 334.4 1'49.857 2.299 / 0.641
23 Miguel OLIVEIRA KTM 338.7 1'49.870 2.312 / 0.013

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