Emilia Romagna MotoGP: Quartararo leads Petronas SRT 1-2 in opening practice



Fabio Quartararo led a Petronas SRT 1-2 in a tight first practice session for the inaugural MotoGP Emilia Romagna Grand Prix at Misano.

For the third time this season, MotoGP returns to the same circuit for a second grand prix, which also follows on from a one-day test on Tuesday.

San Marino GP race winner Franco Morbidelli set the early pace on his Petronas SRT Yamaha with a 1m33.194s, before KTM’s Pol Espargaro moved into top spot with a 1m32.390s.

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Morbidelli – who was absent from Tuesday’s test due to a stomach upset – returned to the top of the pile with just under 15 minutes gone with a 1m32.365s,

He would better this in the final 15 minutes to a 1m32.224s, with Ducati’s Andrea Dovizioso deposing him with six minutes to go on a soft tyre time attack.

Dovizioso, who struggled throughout the San Marino weekend but made a breakthrough in set-up in the test, went fastest with a 1m32.152s.

This stood as the benchmark very briefly, as Joan Mir guided his Suzuki to the first sub 1m32s lap of the day with a 1m31.926s.

Quartararo, who branded the Suzuki “perfect” on Thursday, edged ahead of the GSX-RR on his Yamaha with a 1m31.889s and ended the session with a 1m31.721s.

Morbidelli opted for a hard tyre at the end of the session, and ended up just 0.090 seconds adrift of his team-mate, with Pol Espargaro – who held top spot briefly in the closing stages – completing the top three on the KTM.

Mir was pushed back to fourth at the chequered flag ahead of Tech3’s Miguel Oliveira and LCR’s Takaaki Nakagami.

Dovizioso’s 1m31.152s left him in seventh in the end, fellow Ducati rider Johann Zarco – riding with an updated chassis on his Avintia bike – trailing him in eighth ahead of Aleix Espargaro on the Aprilia and Pramac’s Francesco Bagnaia.

San Marino GP poleman Maverick Vinales didn’t go for a time attack at the end and was 13th, with Yamaha team-mate Valentino Rossi 1.1s off the pace in 17th having also not gone for a flying lap late on.

Alex Rins had a near-highside at Turn 5 midway through the session, and ended up crashing around 10 minutes later at the Quercia corner at Turn 8.

He was 16th in FP1 as a result behind Pramac’s Jack Miller and KTM’s Brad Binder.

Emilia Romagna MotoGP – FP1 results

Pos Rider Team Gap
1 Fabio Quartararo Petronas Yamaha 1m31.721s
2 Franco Morbidelli Petronas Yamaha 0.090s
3 Pol Espargaro KTM 0.120s
4 Joan Mir Suzuki 0.205s
5 Miguel Oliveira Tech3 KTM 0.244s
6 Takaaki Nakagami LCR Honda 0.381s
7 Andrea Dovizioso Ducati 0.431s
8 Johann Zarco Avintia Ducati 0.449s
9 Aleix Espargaro Aprilia 0.464s
10 Francesco Bagnaia Pramac Ducati 0.689s
11 Danilo Petrucci Ducati 0.714s
12 Alex Marquez Honda 0.716s
13 Maverick Vinales Yamaha 0.868s
14 Brad Binder KTM 0.890s
15 Jack Miller Pramac Ducati 0.906s
16 Alex Rins Suzuki 0.913s
17 Valentino Rossi Yamaha 1.111s
18 Bradley Smith Aprilia 1.380s
19 Iker Lecuona Tech3 KTM 1.462s
20 Stefan Bradl Honda 1.663s
21 Tito Rabat Avintia Ducati 1.775s

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