Marc Marquez leads the way at the end of the first session of free practice for the MotoGP class, the reigning world champion starting his 2015 season where he left off in 2014.
Marquez came out of the gate fast, setting his best time with his second flying lap, only for him to see 1st place taken from him by his Repsol Honda teammmate, Dani Pedrosa. Pedrosa led the session for the first 15 minutes, until Marquez came back out and snatched the lead. From that point, the dominion of the two Hondas went unchallenged.
Jorge Lorenzo had sat in 3rd for much of the opening session, but was demoted by Aleix Espargaro at the end, after the Suzuki rider put in a soft tire to set a time. Despite that, Espargaro's pace on the Suzuki was strong, even on the medium race tire, staying well inside the top ten. Cal Crutchlow put in a late fast lap to jump up to 5th, behind the Movistar Yamaha of Lorenzo, staying just ahead of Danilo Petrucci, who had put a soft tire on the Pramac Ducati at the end of the session to take 6th. It had been hard work, as Petrucci had had to sprint back to his pit box after his first bike cut out in pit lane.
Andrea Dovizioso was the first of the factory Ducatis in 7th, both he and Iannone focusing on race set up, and usig the medium tire. He kept ahead of Yonny Hernandez on the second Pramac Ducati, the Colombian also using the soft tire to good effect. The fast Pramacs left Valentino Rossi down in 9th, nearly nine tenths slower than Marc Marquez. Andrea Iannone rounded out the top ten.
|14||6||Stefan Bradl||Yamaha Forward||1'56.577||1.296||0.149|
|16||15||Alex De Angelis||ART||1'56.768||1.487||0.117|
|20||76||Loris Baz||Yamaha Forward||1'57.031||1.750||0.048|
|24||63||Mike Di Meglio||Ducati||1'57.612||2.331||0.388|