Aragon MotoGP: Marquez 1.6s clear in first practice

Marc Marquez set a blistering pace in opening practice for MotoGP's Aragon Grand Prix, going 1.6 seconds faster than his nearest rival.

Aragon MotoGP: Marquez 1.6s clear in first practice

Repsol Honda rider Marquez quickly put himself 1.1s up on the field with a benchmark of 1m48.771s early on in the 45-minute Friday morning session, before working his way down to a 1m48.712s and then a 1m48.487s.

That was the quickest time until the closing minutes, when the reigning champion equipped a soft rear tyre to fire in a 1m47.030s - going two seconds faster than anyone else.

Marquez subsequently made one final improvement, posting a 1m46.689s to eclipse last year's pole position time set by Jorge Lorenzo and coming within two tenths of the all-time record Marquez himself set back in 2015.

Just one rider was able to come within two seconds of Marquez's fastest time, Yamaha's Maverick Vinales, who ended up 1.617s adrift of the pace with his final flyer.

Misano runner-up Fabio Quartararo was next on the Petronas Yamaha, 2.001s slower than Marquez, and 0.019s ahead of Ducati rider Andrea Dovizioso. 

Jack Miller (Pramac Ducati) and Joan Mir (Suzuki) set identical times to end up fifth and sixth, Miller's time being set first, ahead of Danilo Petrucci's Ducati.

The top 10 was completed by Pol Espargaro on the best of the KTMs, Franco Morbidelli on the second Petronas Yamaha and Takaaki Nakagami's LCR Honda.

Alex Rins was 13th-fastest on the second Suzuki, the early part of his session having been disrupted by a mechanical problem that required him to pull off the track.

Valentino Rossi endured a low-key start to the weekend in 17th place, over three seconds off the pace, while Mika Kallio began his tenure as Johann Zarco's replacement at KTM in 19th.

Lorenzo was 23rd and slowest on the second of the works Hondas, four seconds off the pace and behind Aprilia wildcard Bradley Smith.

Session results:

Cla # Rider Bike Time Gap
1 93 Spain Marc Marquez
Honda 1'46.869
2 12 Spain Maverick Viñales
Yamaha 1'48.486 1.617
3 20 France Fabio Quartararo
Yamaha 1'48.870 2.001
4 4 Italy Andrea Dovizioso
Ducati 1'48.889 2.020
5 43 Australia Jack Miller
Ducati 1'49.101 2.232
6 36 Spain Joan Mir
Suzuki 1'49.101 2.232
7 9 Italy Danilo Petrucci
Ducati 1'49.230 2.361
8 44 Spain Pol Espargaro
KTM 1'49.30 2.431
9 21 Italy Franco Morbidelli
Yamaha 1'49.304 2.435
10 30 Japan Takaaki Nakagami
Honda 1'49.443 2.574
11 88 Portugal Miguel Oliveira
KTM 1'49.445 2.576
12 41 Spain Aleix Espargaro
Aprilia 1'49.508 2.639
13 42 Spain Alex Rins
Suzuki 1'49.565 2.696
14 53 Spain Tito Rabat
Ducati 1'49.607 2.738
15 35 United Kingdom Cal Crutchlow
Honda 1'49.709 2.840
16 29 Italy Andrea Iannone
Aprilia 1'49.809 2.940
17 46 Italy Valentino Rossi
Yamaha 1'49.913 3.044
18 63 Italy Francesco Bagnaia
Ducati 1'50.122 3.253
19 82 Finland Mika Kallio
KTM 1'50.128 3.259
20 17 Czech Republic Karel Abraham
Ducati 1'50.155 3.286
21 55 Malaysia Hafizh Syahrin
KTM 1'50.418 3.549
22 38 United Kingdom Bradley Smith
Aprilia 1'50.455 3.586
23 99 Spain Jorge Lorenzo
Honda 1'51.034 4.165
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