Misano MotoGP: Marc Marquez leads first practice for Honda

Marc Marquez was fastest in the first MotoGP practice session at Misano, with Ducati test rider Michele Pirro leading the home team's efforts in second

Misano MotoGP: Marc Marquez leads first practice for Honda

Honda rider Marquez led for most of the session, first demoting early pacesetter Danilo Petrucci with a 1m35.274s before lowering that time by more than a second.

The reigning champion's 1m33.951s lap was the benchmark for the majority of the morning, although a late effort from Pirro - making his second MotoGP appearance of the year on a third works Ducati - narrowed that gap to 0.037 seconds with five minutes to go.

Shortly afterwards, Marquez went even quicker with a 1m33.556s, ending the session on top by 0.432s.

Second-placed Pirro beat his championship-leading team-mate Andrea Dovizioso to second by nearly two tenths.

Dovizioso was the only GP17 rider not to use the Ducati aero fairing, as Pirro, Petrucci in fifth and Jorge Lorenzo in sixth all tried it.

Honda's Cal Crutchlow, who feared his finger injury might stop him riding this weekend, split the Ducati quartet in fourth, albeit more than six tenths slower than Honda stablemate Marquez.

Dani Pedrosa took seventh, ahead of Yamaha's Maverick Vinales, who is now using the prototype 2018 M1 frame he and the absent Valentino Rossi raced at Silverstone on both his bikes.

Tech3 Yamaha duo Johann Zarco and Jonas Folger completed the top 10, Zarco one of seven riders to crash in the session.

Suzuki duo Andrea Iannone and Alex Rins both fell, as well as the Aprilias of Aleix Espargaro and Sam Lowes, Karel Abraham's Aspar Ducati and Bradley Smith's KTM.

FP1 times

Pos Rider Team Time Gap Laps
1 Marc Marquez Honda 1m33.556s - 20
2 Michele Pirro Ducati 1m33.988s 0.432s 17
3 Andrea Dovizioso Ducati 1m34.175s 0.619s 18
4 Cal Crutchlow LCR Honda 1m34.196s 0.640s 20
5 Danilo Petrucci Pramac Ducati 1m34.219s 0.663s 21
6 Jorge Lorenzo Ducati 1m34.498s 0.942s 18
7 Dani Pedrosa Honda 1m34.545s 0.989s 20
8 Maverick Vinales Yamaha 1m34.592s 1.036s 16
9 Johann Zarco Tech3 Yamaha 1m34.702s 1.146s 18
10 Jonas Folger Tech3 Yamaha 1m34.786s 1.230s 20
11 Hector Barbera Avintia Ducati 1m34.835s 1.279s 17
12 Alvaro Bautista Aspar Ducati 1m34.926s 1.370s 21
13 Jack Miller MVDS Honda 1m34.953s 1.397s 18
14 Aleix Espargaro Aprilia 1m35.160s 1.604s 14
15 Tito Rabat MVDS Honda 1m35.243s 1.687s 25
16 Andrea Iannone Suzuki 1m35.306s 1.750s 18
17 Alex Rins Suzuki 1m35.415s 1.859s 20
18 Scott Redding Pramac Ducati 1m35.536s 1.980s 15
19 Pol Espargaro KTM 1m35.625s 2.069s 16
20 Loris Baz Avintia Ducati 1m35.655s 2.099s 12
21 Bradley Smith KTM 1m35.957s 2.401s 13
22 Karel Abraham Aspar Ducati 1m37.112s 3.556s 10
23 Sam Lowes Aprilia 1m37.649s 4.093s 13


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