Barcelona MotoGP: Valentino Rossi fastest in first practice

Yamaha factory rider Valentino Rossi topped the first practice of MotoGP's Barcelona round, as long-time leader Marc Marquez was demoted right at the end

Barcelona MotoGP: Valentino Rossi fastest in first practice

Honda's Marquez had an early pace advantage compared to his rivals as he took the lead with his first flyer, and maintained a significant gap with a couple of improvements.

He led by nearly a second with his 1m39.882s, which remained the benchmark until the final minute of the session.

Mugello winner Jorge Lorenzo, Cal Crutchlow, Andrea Iannone and Rossi all took turns in second, closing the gap to Marquez.

Rossi eventually surpassed Marquez as he improved with only a few seconds left on the clock with a 1m39.456s, using fresh soft tyres on the front and rear of his YZR-M1.

Marquez did not improve at the end and was also demoted by Andrea Dovizioso and Lorenzo, the Ducati factory team-mates separated by one thousandth of a second in second and third.

Johann Zarco was half a tenth slower than Marquez in fifth, followed by fellow Yamaha rider Maverick Vinales.

Crutchlow ended up seventh ahead of Avintia Ducati's Tito Rabat and Iannone, whose progress was halted by a crash at the Turn 10 hairpin.

Iannone was the first rider to fall but other riders followed suit late on with Franco Morbidelli and Karel Abraham both crashing at the second part of the Turn 1/2 complex.

Jack Miller also had an incident as he tried to pass Bradley Smith into the tight downhill Turn 5 left-hander but ended up touching the Briton's KTM and falling - leaving Miller visibly frustrated with Smith after the incident.

Miller ended the session 10th ahead of Aprilia's Aleix Espargaro and Honda's Dani Pedrosa.

Wildcard Mika Kallio was the fastest KTM in 15th, beating Pol Espargaro, who was 18th, by less than a tenth.

Suzuki wildcard Sylvain Guintoli ended the session 24th, only ahead of Tom Luthi and Abraham.

FP1 times

Pos Rider Team Bike Time Gap Laps
1 Valentino Rossi Yamaha Yamaha 1m39.456s - 19
2 Andrea Dovizioso Ducati Ducati 1m39.803s 0.347s 18
3 Jorge Lorenzo Ducati Ducati 1m39.804s 0.348s 18
4 Marc Marquez Honda Honda 1m39.882s 0.426s 21
5 Johann Zarco Tech3 Yamaha Yamaha 1m39.933s 0.477s 19
6 Maverick Vinales Yamaha Yamaha 1m40.114s 0.658s 21
7 Cal Crutchlow LCR Honda Honda 1m40.159s 0.703s 18
8 Tito Rabat Avintia Ducati Ducati 1m40.264s 0.808s 20
9 Andrea Iannone Suzuki Suzuki 1m40.274s 0.818s 20
10 Jack Miller Pramac Ducati Ducati 1m40.310s 0.854s 17
11 Aleix Espargaro Aprilia Aprilia 1m40.388s 0.932s 17
12 Dani Pedrosa Honda Honda 1m40.454s 0.998s 19
13 Hafizh Syahrin Tech3 Yamaha Yamaha 1m40.504s 1.048s 18
14 Alvaro Bautista Aspar Ducati Ducati 1m40.795s 1.339s 21
15 Mika Kallio KTM KTM 1m40.882s 1.426s 20
16 Xavier Simeon Avintia Ducati Ducati 1m40.896s 1.440s 19
17 Alex Rins Suzuki Suzuki 1m40.899s 1.443s 20
18 Pol Espargaro KTM KTM 1m40.945s 1.489s 18
19 Danilo Petrucci Pramac Ducati Ducati 1m40.957s 1.501s 19
20 Takaaki Nakagami LCR Honda Honda 1m41.001s 1.545s 20
21 Scott Redding Aprilia Aprilia 1m41.038s 1.582s 20
22 Bradley Smith KTM KTM 1m41.194s 1.738s 19
23 Franco Morbidelli MVDS Honda Honda 1m41.350s 1.894s 14
24 Sylvain Guintoli Suzuki Suzuki 1m41.436s 1.980s 17
25 Thomas Luthi MVDS Honda Honda 1m41.438s 1.982s 21
26 Karel Abraham Aspar Ducati Ducati 1m42.159s 2.703s 15


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