Aragon MotoGP: Marquez tops damp FP1, Rossi P18

Marc Marquez led the way in a damp opening practice session for MotoGP's Aragon Grand Prix, while Valentino Rossi ended up 18th-fastest on his official return to action.

Aragon MotoGP: Marquez tops damp FP1, Rossi P18

Spots of rain fell at the Spanish track shortly before the start of the 45-minute session, and the resulting damp track meant there was little activity in the first 15 minutes.

Aspar Ducati's Karel Abraham was the only rider to set a laptime in the opening stages, posting a pedestrian 2m30.530s that stood until 16 minutes in, when Tech 3 Yamaha man Johann Zarco lowered the benchmark to a 2m12.405s.

A succession of improvements followed, with Hector Barbera, Dani Pedrosa, Jack Miller and Andrea Iannone all trading fastest times, until Marquez moved to the top on a 2m02.006s with a little over 20 minutes to go.

The arrival of more rain late in the session meant that time stood until Marquez bettered it with three minutes to go, the reigning champion improving to a 2m01.420s and then finally a 2m01.243s.

Pedrosa completed a works Honda one-two with a last-ditch effort of 2m01.741s to vault ahead of Zarco, who ended up 0.785s adrift of Marquez in third.

Marc VDS rider Miller made it three Hondas in the top four, while KTM wildcard Mika Kallio went fifth-fastest, just over a second off the pace.

Jorge Lorenzo was the best of the Ducatis in sixth, followed by Cal Crutchlow's LCR Honda, Danilo Petrucci's Pramac Ducati, Iannone's Suzuki and joint-championship leader Andrea Dovizioso on the second factory GP17.

In his first official MotoGP session since breaking his leg 22 days ago, Rossi completed eight laps (five of them timed), the fastest being a 2m04.066s - 2.823s slower than pacesetter Marquez.

That was still enough to beat Yamaha teammate Maverick Vinales, who wound up 20th and 2.855s off the pace.

KTM rider Bradley Smith failed to set a laptime at all due to a mechanical issue.

Practice results:

Pos.#RiderBikeTimeGap
1 93 spain Marc Marquez  Honda 2'01.243  
2 26 spain Dani Pedrosa  Honda 2'01.741 0.498
3 5 france Johann Zarco  Yamaha 2'02.028 0.785
4 43 australia Jack Miller  Honda 2'02.099 0.856
5 36 finland Mika Kallio  KTM 2'02.294 1.051
6 99 spain Jorge Lorenzo  Ducati 2'02.386 1.143
7 35 united_kingdom Cal Crutchlow  Honda 2'02.718 1.475
8 9 italy Danilo Petrucci  Ducati 2'02.917 1.674
9 29 italy Andrea Iannone  Suzuki 2'02.957 1.714
10 4 italy Andrea Dovizioso  Ducati 2'03.093 1.850
11 45 united_kingdom Scott Redding  Ducati 2'03.320 2.077
12 22 united_kingdom Sam Lowes  Aprilia 2'03.344 2.101
13 94 germany Jonas Folger  Yamaha 2'03.494 2.251
14 17 czech_republic Karel Abraham  Ducati 2'03.545 2.302
15 41 spain Aleix Espargaro  Aprilia 2'03.613 2.370
16 53 spain Tito Rabat  Honda 2'03.673 2.430
17 44 spain Pol Espargaro  KTM 2'03.694 2.451
18 46 italy Valentino Rossi  Yamaha 2'04.066 2.823
19 19 spain Alvaro Bautista  Ducati 2'04.094 2.851
20 25 spain Maverick Viñales  Yamaha 2'04.098 2.855
21 76 france Loris Baz  Ducati 2'04.525 3.282
22 8 spain Hector Barbera  Ducati 2'04.609 3.366
23 42 spain Alex Rins  Suzuki 2'04.625 3.382
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