Jorge Lorenzo ended the first session of free practice on top of the timesheets. The Movistar Yamaha rider was immediately into his stride, taking over at the top halfway through the session and leading to the end. Marc Marquez ended the session in 2nd, and started off fast. However, Marquez' session was marred by a minor fall. The Repsol Honda rider had trouble getting the bike stopped into Turn 13, ran into the gravel and tried to ride his way through it. He made it most of the way, but not quite out again, tipping over in a low-speed spill which did little harm to the bike and no harm to the rider.
Dani Pedrosa set the 3rd fastest time, just over a tenth of a second behind his teammate, clearly comfortable at a track he loves. Pedrosa was followed by the two Factory Ducatis, both Andrea Dovizioso and Andrea Iannone sporting a narrower fairing and a new engine for better power delivery. Valentino Rossi grabbed 6th spot, though Bradley Smith made him fight for it, the pair swapping places in the final moments of the session.
Aleix Espargaro headed up a brace of Suzukis, both he and Maverick Viñales putting in a late charge to ensure a spot in the top ten. With very high temperatures at Brno, and the threat of rain on Saturday, a lot of riders put in a fast lap at the end of the session, in an effort to secure safe passage to Q2. Cal Crutchlow was the last rider to secure that, leaving Yonny Hernandez, Pol Espargaro and Scott Redding out in the cold.
|17||63||Mike Di Meglio||Ducati||1'58.589||2.090||0.040|
|20||76||Loris Baz||Yamaha Forward||1'58.720||2.221||0.051|
|23||71||Claudio Corti||Yamaha Forward||2'00.074||3.575||0.515|
|24||15||Alex De Angelis||ART||2'00.122||3.623||0.048|