MotoGP Aragon: Marc Marquez leads Valentino Rossi in first practice

Honda's MotoGP championship leader Marc Marquez led Yamaha's Valentino Rossi in first practice for the Aragon Grand Prix

MotoGP Aragon: Marc Marquez leads Valentino Rossi in first practice

In a fairly quiet session, Marquez set his time of 1m48.830s roughly halfway through the 45 minutes.

Already on top, it extended his advantage to 0.743 seconds over Yamaha's Jorge Lorenzo, and that margin stood into the closing stages.

But it was then halved by Suzuki's Maverick Vinales and Ducati's Andrea Dovizioso - who set identical lap times - and then by Rossi after the chequered flag.

Having moved up from seventh to fourth on his previous lap, Rossi's 1m49.016s was ultimately 0.186s slower than Marquez, while Vinales and Dovizioso were 0.348s off the pace.

Lorenzo did not use fresh rubber or improve late in the session and finished fifth, ahead of Ducati's Andrea Iannone.

After fracturing a vertebra in his upper back at Misano a fortnight ago, Iannone has been cleared to ride but he reported feeling significant pain.

A decision on whether he continues is expected to be made before second practice, and Ducati has test rider Michele Pirro on standby.

Danilo Petrucci was seventh and the top satellite rider for Pramac Ducati, ahead of Aleix Espargaro - who regrouped from an off at Turn 12 on his Suzuki - Tech3 Yamaha's Pol Espargaro and LCR Honda's Cal Crutchlow.

Misano winner Dani Pedrosa had to settle for 11th, 1.163s slower than his team-mate Marquez.

Tito Rabat fell with two minutes to go at Turn 2, and his new Marc VDS Honda team-mate Nicky Hayden was 20th, filling in for the injured Jack Miller.

Yonny Hernandez also crashed at Turn 2 but at the start of the session while Loris Baz, who is returning from injuries sustained at Silverstone, finished at the foot of the times.

FP1 RESULTS

Pos Rider Team Gap Laps
1 Marc Marquez Honda 1m48.830s 17
2 Valentino Rossi Yamaha 0.186s 19
3 Maverick Vinales Suzuki 0.348s 16
4 Andrea Dovizioso Ducati 0.348s 16
5 Jorge Lorenzo Yamaha 0.743s 16
6 Andrea Iannone Ducati 0.771s 17
7 Danilo Petrucci Pramac Ducati 0.889s 19
8 Aleix Espargaro Suzuki 0.901s 16
9 Pol Espargaro Tech3 Yamaha 0.908s 19
10 Cal Crutchlow LCR Honda 0.926s 17
11 Dani Pedrosa Honda 1.163s 17
12 Scott Redding Pramac Ducati 1.283s 18
13 Stefan Bradl Aprilia 1.538s 18
14 Hector Barbera Avintia Ducati 1.884s 17
15 Tito Rabat Marc VDS Honda 1.986s 20
16 Eugene Laverty Aspar Ducati 2.128s 15
17 Alex Lowes Tech3 Yamaha 2.273s 19
18 Alvaro Bautista Aprilia 2.309s 18
19 Yonny Hernandez Aspar Ducati 2.558s 15
20 Nicky Hayden Marc VDS Honda 3.043s 17
21 Loris Baz Avintia Ducati 3.850s 15


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