A few drops of rain scared us in the beginning of the session but nowhere near enough to leave an impression on the track, a bit of sun almost showing up soon after. Unimpressed by the conditions, Miguel Oliveira would have missed some proper time in the limelight lately, the Portuguese rider making up for that by leading the field throughout the session.
Franco Morbidelli gave it his best shot until the very last lap to find a way past the KTM rider but came two tenths of a second short in the end and had to settle for second place. Takaaki Nakagami completed the top three in FP1, a mere three thousandths of a second keeping him behind the championship leader.
Simone Corsi was the busiest man on track, with thirty laps set in the session to grab fourth spot on his penultimate lap. The gaps throughout the field were reduced in the final few minutes, Dominique Aegerter making the jump to fifth, with Marcel Schrotter only a hundredth of a second behind him.
Alex Marquez found his way into the air-fence early in the session and was left with only 20 minutes to get a feel for the circuit. The Spaniard found a slight improvement on the final lap to jump into seventh position. The top ten was completed by another consistent performance in the dry from Hafizh Syahrin, ahead of Pecco Bagnaia and Jorge Navarro.
Tom Luthi did not look particularly comfortable on his bike, spending significant time in the garage and failing to do better than eleventh despite a few fast sectors in the late part of the session.
Mattia Pasini was another early victim of the cool temperatures, the Italian suffering a pretty spectacular high-side while on a fast lap. The Italtrans rider was thankfully fine, although the same could not be said about his bike, the violent tumble producing more damage than could be fixed during the session, so Pasini could not rejoin the action – having done only six laps.
|4||24||Simone CORSI||Speed Up||1'25.347||0.371||0.129|
|15||87||Remy GARDNER||Tech 3||1'26.061||1.085||0.036|
|18||37||Augusto FERNANDEZ||Speed Up||1'26.333||1.357||0.163|
|26||14||Hector GARZO||Tech 3||1'27.034||2.058||0.106|
|31||89||Khairul Idham PAWI||Kalex||1'28.376||3.400||0.231|