Barcelona MotoGP: Marquez leads Quartararo in FP1

Marc Marquez led Maverick Vinales by 0.053 seconds in opening MotoGP practice for the Catalan Grand Prix, while Mugello race winner Danilo Petrucci was a low-key 18th.

Barcelona MotoGP: Marquez leads Quartararo in FP1

Honda rider Marquez set the early pace, returning to top spot late to see out the session as the reference with a best effort of 1m40.692s.

A 1m41.221s from the championship leader put him on top as the 45-minute session began, though he was soon deposed by the Petronas SRT Yamaha of Franco Morbidelli.

The pair traded session-best laps over the next few minutes, with Marquez gaining the upper hand with a 1m40.915s.

Maverick Vinales put Marquez's time under threat in the final 17 minutes, the works Yamaha rider just 0.074s adrift with his effort, before edging ahead with a 1m40.872s.

This stood as the benchmark until the closing six minutes, when Marquez unusually returned to circuit with fresh soft front and rear slicks fitted to his RC213V, on which he deposed Vinales with a 1m40.833s.

Improving by 0.020s on his follow-up lap, his final effort of 1m40.692s cemented the Honda rider top spot in FP1.

Fabio Quartararo, fresh from arm-pump surgery, proved Marquez's closest challenger 0.111s behind in second, though looked set to go top on his SRT M1 before getting held up by Aprilia wildcard Bradley Smith late on his final lap.

Vinales was shuffled back to third as a result, with Ducati's Andrea Dovizioso and LCR Honda's Takaaki Nakagami a further 0.010s behind to complete the top five.

Jack Miller was sixth on the Pramac Ducati, while Alex Rins shadowed him on the Suzuki. Petronas SRT rider Franco Morbidelli, his Yamaha stablemate Valentino Rossi and Aleix Espargaro (Aprilia) filled out the remaining places inside the top 10.

Petrucci, who looks set to secure a 2020 deal with Ducati in the coming days, was 0.932s adrift of Marquez's best in 18th in a low-key first session in Barcelona for MotoGP's newest race winner.

Jorge Lorenzo headed him by 0.018s, with the Honda rider seeking for more comfort on his Honda fitted with new ergonomic updates first tried in a trip to the marque's factory in Japan following the Italian Grand Prix.

Smith was 22nd as he begins his third wildcard weekend for Aprilia, with Suzuki test rider Sylvain Guintoli trailing him in 23rd.

Session results

Cla # Rider Bike Laps Time Gap
1 93 Spain Marc Marquez
Honda 20 1'40.692
2 20 France Fabio Quartararo
Yamaha 20 1'40.803 0.111
3 12 Spain Maverick Viñales
Yamaha 22 1'40.872 0.180
4 4 Italy Andrea Dovizioso
Ducati 17 1'41.030 0.338
5 30 Japan Takaaki Nakagami
Honda 20 1'41.040 0.348
6 43 Australia Jack Miller
Ducati 18 1'41.049 0.357
7 42 Spain Alex Rins
Suzuki 19 1'41.142 0.450
8 21 Italy Franco Morbidelli
Yamaha 21 1'41.160 0.468
9 46 Italy Valentino Rossi
Yamaha 20 1'41.190 0.498
10 41 Spain Aleix Espargaro
Aprilia 17 1'41.213 0.521
11 35 United Kingdom Cal Crutchlow
Honda 19 1'41.243 0.551
12 36 Spain Joan Mir
Suzuki 21 1'41.355 0.663
13 5 France Johann Zarco
KTM 18 1'41.390 0.698
14 44 Spain Pol Espargaro
KTM 19 1'41.410 0.718
15 63 Italy Francesco Bagnaia
Ducati 19 1'41.530 0.838
16 53 Spain Tito Rabat
Ducati 22 1'41.603 0.911
17 99 Spain Jorge Lorenzo
Honda 16 1'41.621 0.929
18 9 Italy Danilo Petrucci
Ducati 18 1'41.624 0.932
19 29 Italy Andrea Iannone
Aprilia 19 1'41.825 1.133
20 88 Portugal Miguel Oliveira
KTM 20 1'41.920 1.228
21 17 Czech Republic Karel Abraham
Ducati 18 1'41.972 1.280
22 38 United Kingdom Bradley Smith
Aprilia 17 1'42.168 1.476
23 50 France Sylvain Guintoli
Suzuki 17 1'42.363 1.671
24 55 Malaysia Hafizh Syahrin
KTM 18 1'42.448 1.756
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Event Catalan GP
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Drivers Marc Marquez , Maverick Viñales , Fabio Quartararo
Teams Repsol Honda Team
Author Lewis Duncan
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