Homecomings don’t get any sweeter than Marc Marquez’s return to Aragon. There was no room for TV time for anyone else as the world champion casually started his morning one second ahead of the competition and that gap resisted until the final five minutes of FP1, when the opposition started the search for a provisional top 10. Jack Miller got closest, six tenths off the Spaniard, but Marquez responded immediately on a soft rear tyre to inflate that gap and sit two seconds clear of the competition for the final couple of minutes and two tenths shy of the all time lap record.
Maverick Vinales tried to save some dignity for the pursuers and finished a second and a half off his compatriot at the checkered flag but he was the only rider within two seconds of Marquez. The Yamaha man did not try on fresh rubber but the gap is big enough not to worry the Honda man anyway. Fabio Quartararo showed up late to the top three party but even Yamaha’s whizz-kid could not cope with that pace and settled for third.
Andrea Dovizioso was back to more familiar pastures after a difficult weekend on home soil but fourth will still look rather demoralising when looking at his gap to the top. Miller dropped to fifth, setting an identical time to a rather impressive Joan Mir, the Spaniard enjoying his time back in Spain. Danilo Petrucci, Pol Espargaro, Franco Morbidelli and Takaaki Nakagami completed the top ten.
Alex Rins had an early service road sightseeing session that lost him a bit of track time and then the Spaniard struggled to do any better than 13th. Cal Crutchlow had another tough start in Aragon, 15th in his first outing, while Valentino Rossi and his carbon swingarm finished 17th, a full three seconds slower than Marquez.