2016 Mugello MotoGP FP1 Result: Hernandez Leads Damp Session

A damp track meant that the first session of free practice for the MotoGP class was pretty much wasted, Yonny Hernandez' fastest time being over seven seconds slower than the lap record. With the weather set to be dry for the rest of the weekend, nearly half the field did not even bother to go out.

The damp weather left time for testing. The Michelin intermediates got their first run out, with Marc Marquez and several Ducati riders giving them a try. Valentino Rossi made the best use of the session, doing nine test starts, returning to the pits at the end of each lap without setting a time. Rossi is testing some clutch parts this weekend, and a damp track session proved the ideal opportunity to do just that. 


Pos No. Rider Bike Time Diff Diff Previous
1 68 Yonny Hernandez Ducati 1'54.199    
2 45 Scott Redding Ducati 1'54.973 0.774 0.774
3 35 Cal Crutchlow Honda 1'55.334 1.135 0.361
4 38 Bradley Smith Yamaha 1'55.659 1.460 0.325
5 51 Michele Pirro Ducati 1'56.411 2.212 0.752
6 25 Maverick Viñales Suzuki 1'56.966 2.767 0.555
7 50 Eugene Laverty Ducati 1'58.757 4.558 1.791
8 19 Alvaro Bautista Aprilia 1'59.101 4.902 0.344
9 29 Andrea Iannone Ducati 1'59.808 5.609 0.707
10 53 Tito Rabat Honda 2'00.742 6.543 0.934
11 76 Loris Baz Ducati 2'01.163 6.964 0.421
12 8 Hector Barbera Ducati 2'01.800 7.601 0.637
  9 Danilo Petrucci Ducati 2'03.899 9.700 2.099
  26 Dani Pedrosa Honda 2'04.748 10.549 0.849
  4 Andrea Dovizioso Ducati      
  6 Stefan Bradl Aprilia      
  41 Aleix Espargaro Suzuki      
  43 Jack Miller Honda      
  44 Pol Espargaro Yamaha      
  46 Valentino Rossi Yamaha      
  93 Marc Marquez Honda      
  99 Jorge Lorenzo Yamaha      


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" Valentino Rossi made the best use of the session, doing nine test starts, returning to the pits at the end of each lap without setting a time" 

I think from a spector's and sponsor's view (in the end it should be all about this) it is a shame that riders can choose to sit a session out if there is little to learn for them. Ofcourse this gives less risk and obvisiously longer enginelongivity. But also no show to be produced for the watchers. Now you cannot forge them to push to the limit in such a session, but I think Dorna, the rulemakers, the riders and the factories should guarantee them at least a minimum show of all riders coming by so visitor can at least see them pass by and hear the sound of the great bikes.

It seems that professionality sometimes can be just another word for forgetting who is paying for the live you are living :-)


On the other hand "Lokeend12" what if the rider goes out and crashes big time, destroying the bike and injuring himself for life.  Who pays for that?