Jerez MotoGP: Marquez leads Lorenzo in FP1

Honda rider Marc Marquez beat his teammate Jorge Lorenzo to top the opening MotoGP practice session at Jerez as Valentino Rossi was a lowly 18th.

Jerez MotoGP: Marquez leads Lorenzo in FP1

Marquez led nearly the entire 45-minute session as he took the lead with his second flying lap, and stayed in front until just two minutes remained on the clock.

His teammate Lorenzo was then able to demote him by two tenths with a 1m38.045s, but Marquez fought back just as the chequered flag fell.

Marquez first lowered the benchmark by a tenth and then slightly improved once again on his last lap to end the session with a 1m37.921s, the only rider below the 1m38s barrier.

Lorenzo completed a Repsol Honda 1-2 with Maverick Vinales, whose Yamaha team used a winglet by the rear tyre similar to that of Ducati's controversial solution, taking third, 0.191s off the pace.

LCR's Takaaki Nakagami - who topped post-season testing at Jerez last year - took an impressive fourth to bring a third Honda into the top four, narrowly beating lead Ducati man Andrea Dovizioso.

SRT Yamaha duo Fabio Quartararo and Franco Morbidelli were sixth and ninth, sandwiching the Ducati GP19s of Jack Miller, who seemingly had arm-pump issues during the session, and Danilo Petrucci. The top 10 was completed by Suzuki's Alex Rins.

Johann Zarco was the top KTM in 12th but the Frenchman's session ended in a crash, the only rider to fall in FP1.

Aleix Espargaro was the fastest Aprilia rider, which also tested a rear tyre winglet, in 14th.

Honda tester Stefan Bradl kicked off his first wildcard of the season in 15th while Bradley Smith made his second appearance in 19th, right behind Rossi, who was 1.459s off the pace in 18th.

FP1 results

Cla # Rider Bike Time Gap
1 93 Spain Marc Marquez
Honda 1'37.921
2 99 Spain Jorge Lorenzo
Honda 1'38.045 0.124
3 12 Spain Maverick Viñales
Yamaha 1'38.112 0.191
4 30 Japan Takaaki Nakagami
Honda 1'38.134 0.213
5 4 Italy Andrea Dovizioso
Ducati 1'38.150 0.229
6 20 France Fabio Quartararo
Yamaha 1'38.209 0.288
7 43 Australia Jack Miller
Ducati 1'38.464 0.543
8 9 Italy Danilo Petrucci
Ducati 1'38.474 0.553
9 21 Italy Franco Morbidelli
Yamaha 1'38.478 0.557
10 42 Spain Alex Rins
Suzuki 1'38.534 0.613
11 35 United Kingdom Cal Crutchlow
Honda 1'38.800 0.879
12 5 France Johann Zarco
KTM 1'38.897 0.976
13 36 Spain Joan Mir
Suzuki 1'38.905 0.984
14 41 Spain Aleix Espargaro
Aprilia 1'38.942 1.021
15 6 Germany Stefan Bradl
Honda 1'38.975 1.054
16 29 Italy Andrea Iannone
Aprilia 1'39.064 1.143
17 44 Spain Pol Espargaro
KTM 1'39.141 1.220
18 46 Italy Valentino Rossi
Yamaha 1'39.380 1.459
19 38 United Kingdom Bradley Smith
Aprilia 1'39.410 1.489
20 53 Spain Tito Rabat
Ducati 1'39.667 1.746
21 63 Italy Francesco Bagnaia
Ducati 1'39.675 1.754
22 17 Czech Republic Karel Abraham
Ducati 1'39.949 2.028
23 88 Portugal Miguel Oliveira
KTM 1'40.313 2.392
24 55 Malaysia Hafizh Syahrin
KTM 1'41.093 3.172
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