Probably anxious to get his hands on the Aspar Ducati, Pecco Bagnaia was fastest out of the gates, although the adrenaline was only enough for eighth place in the end. Equally excited to see the back of 2016 and get a fresh start was Fabio Quartararo, the Frenchman soon taking over at the top, with the now customary lap cancellations included in the FP1 package. He eventually dropped back to fourth.
That was really just the opening act for Brad Binder, the world champion taking it easy at the start but making his way to the top with ten minutes to go. Although he didn’t really have it all his own way, the South African getting pushed back to third by an impressive Juanfran Guevara, the Spaniard followed by his teammate, Gabriel Rodrigo, the two RBA riders topping the session for the first time this season.
As the rookie battle heated up, Joan Mir left his mark at the top of the timesheets briefly, dropping back to fifth at the checkered flag, in front of teammate Andrea Locatelli, making it a pretty successful session for the Leopard team.
The fightback for third place in the championship did not start as Jorge Navarro would have wanted, the Spaniard suffering a highly impressive and highly unpleasant highside halfway through the session, before setting a significant time. The deceptively sunny but chilly conditions also caught out Andrea Migno soon after, with Enea Bastianini also gracing the turn ten gravel trap in the final minute of the session, ending in fifteenth position.
|17||48||Lorenzo DALLA PORTA||KTM||1'41.358||1.025||0.164|
|20||4||Fabio DI GIANNANTONIO||Honda||1'41.500||1.167||0.035|
|28||89||Khairul Idham PAWI||Honda||1'42.252||1.919||0.116|