MotoGP Mugello: Honda's Marquez tops FP1 ahead of Ducati's Petrucci

Reigning MotoGP champion Marc Marquez topped the first practice session for the Italian Grand Prix at Mugello ahead of Ducati's Danilo Petrucci

MotoGP Mugello: Honda's Marquez tops FP1 ahead of Ducati's Petrucci

Honda's Marquez set his best lap - a 1m47.558s - just 10 minutes into the 45-minute session.

In doing so he improved on the 1m47.804s set by Ducati tester Michele Pirro, who is making the first of three planned wildcards this year on a third factory GP19 this weekend and was the early FP1 pacesetter.

Pirro's time looked to be good enough for second until right before the chequered flag, when it was surpassed by Petrucci's effort of 1m47.751s.

Petronas SRT rider Fabio Quartararo was another late improver, setting a 1m47.811s on the best of the Yamahas to go fourth-fastest.

Aleix Espargaro, whose best lap was aided by a tow from Marquez in the early running, was fifth-fastest for Aprilia, although his session was curtailed by a technical problem that forced him to park up at the end of the straight.

Jack Miller ended up sixth on the Lamborghini-liveried Pramac Ducati, followed by Takaaki Nakagami (LCR Honda), KTM rider Pol Espargaro and the second LCR bike being ridden by Cal Crutchlow.

Ducati's Andrea Dovizioso was 0.656s off the pace in 10th, while Valentino Rossi was the quicker of the works Yamahas in 12th, just behind Alex Rins' (Suzuki).

Maverick Vinales finished 14th, 0.036s slower than Rossi, on the second factory M1.

Jorge Lorenzo continued to struggle with his Honda and finished 18th, a little under a second adrift of Marquez.

Johann Zarco was 20th on his factory KTM in what was largely an incident-free session.

FP1 results

Pos Rider Team Time Gap Laps
1 Marc Marquez Honda 1m47.558s - 20
2 Danilo Petrucci Ducati 1m47.751s 0.193s 19
3 Michele Pirro Ducati 1m47.804s 0.246s 13
4 Fabio Quartararo Petronas Yamaha 1m47.811s 0.253s 21
5 Aleix Espargaro Aprilia 1m47.812s 0.254s 10
6 Jack Miller Pramac Ducati 1m47.814s 0.256s 16
7 Takaaki Nakagami LCR Honda 1m47.925s 0.367s 19
8 Pol Espargaro KTM 1m48.001s 0.443s 17
9 Cal Crutchlow LCR Honda 1m48.109s 0.551s 18
10 Andrea Dovizioso Ducati 1m48.214s 0.656s 18
11 Alex Rins Suzuki 1m48.229s 0.671s 19
12 Valentino Rossi Yamaha 1m48.356s 0.798s 18
13 Andrea Iannone Aprilia 1m48.367s 0.809s 19
14 Maverick Vinales Yamaha 1m48.392s 0.834s 17
15 Franco Morbidelli Petronas Yamaha 1m48.421s 0.863s 20
16 Karel Abraham Avintia Ducati 1m48.427s 0.869s 18
17 Francesco Bagnaia Pramac Ducati 1m48.532s 0.974s 18
18 Jorge Lorenzo Honda 1m48.550s 0.992s 19
19 Joan Mir Suzuki 1m48.897s 1.339s 18
20 Johann Zarco KTM 1m48.960s 1.402s 18
21 Tito Rabat Avintia Ducati 1m49.216s 1.658s 18
22 Hafizh Syahrin Tech3 KTM 1m49.857s 2.299s 16
23 Miguel Oliveira Tech3 KTM 1m49.870s 2.312s 17


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