MotoGP Misano: Valentino Rossi fastest in first practice

Local hero Valentino Rossi improved with each of his final three laps to set the pace in first practice for MotoGP's San Marino Grand Prix for Yamaha

MotoGP Misano: Valentino Rossi fastest in first practice

Rossi was eighth with three minutes remaining, but then displaced Pol Espargaro with a time of 1m33.605s.

That was fastest by only 0.037 seconds, but Rossi went faster again on his next two laps, with his 1m33.451s effort set after the chequered flag good enough to lead the way by 0.136s.

Espargaro had moved to the top with 12 minutes remaining and wound up second for Tech3 Yamaha, just five days after he was involved in the major first-lap crash in the British Grand Prix.

Silverstone winner Maverick Vinales was third for Suzuki, 0.262s slower than Rossi, ahead of Marc Marquez, who had a low-speed fall at Turn 10 halfway through the session.

Jorge Lorenzo and Dani Pedrosa were fifth and sixth, making it a group of five Spaniards in the order behind Rossi.

Andrea Dovizioso was a quiet seventh for Ducati, while team-mate Andrea Iannone crashed at the high-speed Turn 13 right-hander just 10 minutes into the session, after getting his Ducati unsettled on the entry kerb.

He went to clinica mobile for checks, including an x-ray, and finished the session 17th.

Iannone has subsequently been transported to Cesena hospital for additional checks on his back.

Hector Barbera, Cal Crutchlow and Scott Redding, whose Pramac Ducati suffered an engine problem at the end of the 45 minutes, completed the top 10.

In 12th and 13th for Aprilia and Marc VDS Honda, Stefan Bradl had Jack Miller had encouraging sessions.

Miller's team-mate Tito Rabat crashed at the same corner at Iannone with five minutes remaining.

Michelin is introducing a new front tyre with a different casing at Misano, and Eugene Laverty and Danilo Petrucci crashed at Turn 15, Laverty midway through the session and Petrucci with five minutes remaining.

Standing in for injured Avintia Ducati rider Loris Baz, World Superbike Championship racer Xavi Fores was 22nd and last, 3.639s off the pace.

FP1 TIMES

Pos Rider Team Gap Laps
1 Valentino Rossi Yamaha 1m33.451s 20
2 Pol Espargaro Tech3 Yamaha 0.136s 21
3 Maverick Vinales Suzuki 0.262s 18
4 Marc Marquez Honda 0.278s 20
5 Jorge Lorenzo Yamaha 0.323s 19
6 Dani Pedrosa Honda 0.335s 20
7 Andrea Dovizioso Ducati 0.412s 17
8 Hector Barbera Avintia Ducati 0.431s 19
9 Cal Crutchlow LCR Honda 0.469s 19
10 Scott Redding Pramac Ducati 0.583s 21
11 Aleix Espargaro Suzuki 0.621s 17
12 Stefan Bradl Aprilia 0.675s 20
13 Jack Miller Marc VDS Honda 0.692s 17
14 Michele Pirro Ducati 0.783s 19
15 Danilo Petrucci Pramac Ducati 0.961s 14
16 Alvaro Bautista Aprilia 1.045s 21
17 Andrea Iannone Ducati 1.248s 4
18 Alex Lowes Tech3 Yamaha 1.472s 22
19 Yonny Hernandez Aspar Ducati 1.474s 18
20 Eugene Laverty Aspar Ducati 1.829s 15
21 Tito Rabat Marc VDS Honda 1.851s 19
22 Xavi Fores Avintia Ducati 3.639s 18


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