MotoGP San Marino GP: Quartararo leads Miller in FP1

MotoGP championship leader Fabio Quartararo topped the opening practice session for the San Marino Grand Prix as Andrea Dovizioso begins his final outing ahead of his retirement.

MotoGP San Marino GP: Quartararo leads Miller in FP1

Three-time championship runner-up Dovizioso announced during the British GP weekend that MotoGP’s return to Misano would be his final MotoGP round as he heads into retirement after a difficult return with RNF Yamaha.

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While he was 16th at the end of FP1 on Friday morning, it was Yamaha counterpart Quartararo on the factory team M1 who led the way.

Quartararo took to the top of the timesheets just over 10 minutes into the 45-minute session with a 1m33.075s to take over from Honda’s Pol Espargaro.

Reigning champion Quartararo improved to a 1m33.069s nine minutes later, before he was deposed by Ducati wildcard and test rider Michele Pirro – a specialist at Misano given the Italian marque conducts much of its private testing at the circuit.

Maverick Vinales put his Aprilia to the top of the times with a 1m32.706s with just over 10 minutes of the session remaining. But his former Yamaha team-mate Quartararo returned to the top of the order moments later with a 1m32.498s.

A final attempt at the death saw Quartararo extend his advantage to 0.224 seconds over the rest of the field with a 1m32.313s to end FP1 fastest of all.

It wasn’t a trouble-free session for the reigning champion, however, as he suffered several front-end moments that left him visibly frustrated on the bike.

Quartararo headed Ducati’s Jack Miller, with Pirro rounding out the top three as the Aprilia pair of Aleix Espargaro and Vinales followed.

Michele Pirro, Ducati Team

Michele Pirro, Ducati Team

Photo by: Dorna

Franesco Bagnaia, who comes to Misano off the back of three-successive wins to reignite his championship hopes, was sixth ahead of his future factory team-mate Enea Bastianini (Gresini), who celebrated his first MotoGP podium at the San Marino GP one year ago.

Bagnaia caught the ire of LCR Honda’s Alex Marquez – who was 14th at the chequered flag – in the latter stages of FP1 when the Ducati rider backed off at Turn 3 while Marquez was pushing on a hot lap, forcing him to abort.

Alex Rins was eighth as his temporary Suzuki team-mate and replacement for the injured Joan Mir Kazuki Watanabe – making his MotoGP debut this weekend – was not classified as he sat outside of the 105% threshold 4.981s off the pace.

VR46 Ducati’s Luca Marini and Pramac’s Johann Zarco completed the top 10 ahead of Pol Espargaro and KTM’s Brad Binder.

FP2 for the San Marino GP gets underway at 1:10pm BST.

MotoGP San Marino GP - FP1 results:

Cla Rider Bike Time Gap
1 France Fabio Quartararo Yamaha 1'32.313  
2 Australia Jack Miller Ducati 1'32.537 0.224
3 Italy Michele Pirro Ducati 1'32.693 0.380
4 Spain Aleix Espargaro Aprilia 1'32.698 0.385
5 Spain Maverick Viñales Aprilia 1'32.706 0.393
6 Italy Francesco Bagnaia Ducati 1'32.752 0.439
7 Italy Enea Bastianini Ducati 1'32.838 0.525
8 Spain Alex Rins Suzuki 1'32.858 0.545
9 Italy Luca Marini Ducati 1'32.981 0.668
10 France Johann Zarco Ducati 1'32.999 0.686
11 Spain Pol Espargaro Honda 1'33.105 0.792
12 South Africa Brad Binder KTM 1'33.207 0.894
13 Italy Marco Bezzecchi Ducati 1'33.218 0.905
14 Spain Alex Marquez Honda 1'33.253 0.940
15 Japan Takaaki Nakagami Honda 1'33.314 1.001
16 Italy Andrea Dovizioso Yamaha 1'33.435 1.122
17 Italy Franco Morbidelli Yamaha 1'33.562 1.249
18 Portugal Miguel Oliveira KTM 1'33.636 1.323
19 Spain Raúl Fernández KTM 1'33.687 1.374
20 Spain Jorge Martin Ducati 1'33.830 1.517
21 Germany Stefan Bradl Honda 1'33.855 1.542
22 Italy Fabio Di Giannantonio Ducati 1'33.897 1.584
23 Australia Remy Gardner KTM 1'34.165 1.852
24 South Africa Darryn Binder Yamaha 1'34.836 2.523
25 Japan Kazuki Watanabe Suzuki    
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