Marc Marquez tops the opening session at Catalunya

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Marc Marquez has topped the opening session of the Gran Premi de Catalunya, heading the timesheets ahead of another impressive session from rookie Fabio Quartararo.

The Frenchman ended FP1 0.111 down – despite recovering from arm pump surgery following the Italian GP. Maverick Viñales was third and 0.180 down, having topped the timesheets before Marquez began his last minute attack.

There wasn’t much by way of drama – Jack Miller, who was sixth, had to get a little creative into Turn 10 and the same corner was the scene of a bit of a snap for Marquez’ Honda in the early stages.

The biggest headline stealer saw some modifications on Jorge Lorenzo’s (Repsol Honda Team) tank break cover, with the five-time World Champion having just got back from a post-Mugellp trip to Japan to work on ergonomics…

Full FP1 Result:

Pos. Rider Bike Time Gap 1st/Prev.
1 Marc MARQUEZ Honda 1'40.692  
2 Fabio QUARTARARO Yamaha 1'40.803 0.111 / 0.111
3 Maverick VIÑALES Yamaha 1'40.872 0.180 / 0.069
4 Andrea DOVIZIOSO Ducati 1'41.030 0.338 / 0.158
5 Takaaki NAKAGAMI Honda 1'41.040 0.348 / 0.010
6 Jack MILLER Ducati 1'41.049 0.357 / 0.009
7 Alex RINS Suzuki 1'41.142 0.450 / 0.093
8 Franco MORBIDELLI Yamaha 1'41.160 0.468 / 0.018
9 Valentino ROSSI Yamaha 1'41.190 0.498 / 0.030
10 Aleix ESPARGARO Aprilia 1'41.213 0.521 / 0.023
11 Cal CRUTCHLOW Honda 1'41.243 0.551 / 0.030
12 Joan MIR Suzuki 1'41.355 0.663 / 0.112
13 Johann ZARCO KTM 1'41.390 0.698 / 0.035
14 Pol ESPARGARO KTM 1'41.410 0.718 / 0.020
15 Francesco BAGNAIA Ducati 1'41.530 0.838 / 0.120
16 Tito RABAT Ducati 1'41.603 0.911 / 0.073
17 Jorge LORENZO Honda 1'41.621 0.929 / 0.018
18 Danilo PETRUCCI Ducati 1'41.624 0.932 / 0.003
19 Andrea IANNONE Aprilia 1'41.825 1.133 / 0.201
20 Miguel OLIVEIRA KTM 1'41.920 1.228 / 0.095
21 Karel ABRAHAM Ducati 1'41.972 1.280 / 0.052
22 Bradley SMITH Aprilia 1'42.168 1.476 / 0.196
23 Sylvain GUINTOLI Suzuki 1'42.363 1.671 / 0.195
24 Hafizh SYAHRIN KTM 1'42.448 1.756 / 0.085

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