2018 Mugello MotoGP FP1 Result: Iannone Steals Pirro’s Thunder

Friday morning in Mugello saw the splendid scenery covered by a sheet of low clouds, although the track kept dry for the duration of the session. The low grip took a few people by surprise and plenty of front tyres were tortured but the top of the timesheets were a very patriotic display. Local expert Michelle Pirro perhaps unsurprisingly led the way after the first run and the Italian was unchallenged at the top until compatriot Andrea Iannone brandished a new rear soft tyre and blasted ahead by half a second.

The Italian top three was completed by Andrea Dovizioso, seven tenths down on the leader and a more realistic two tenths behind his temporary teammate. Maverick Viñales crashed in turn one on his first lap of the day and the extra trip through the pits lost him some track time but the Spaniard still found his way into fourth position.

Iannone was not the only one to put himself in the shop window in Mugello, Jack Miller also boasting with speed in fifth place, posting the exact same time as the reigning world champion. Marc Marquez lingered in a subdued sixth position but less than a tenth of a second separated him from Dovizioso’s third spot.

The rest of the top ten – positions seven to ten – were also a close knit affair. Franco Morbidelli seemed to have made significant progress on home turf to join the top seven in the session, followed by mentor Valentino Rossi, possible future teammate Jorge Lorenzo and a recovering Cal Crutchlow, the four men nine tenths down on the leader but separated by a mere two hundredths of a second.

Johann Zarco was one full second off Iannone’s laptime, but only half a second slower if you consider Pirro’s more realistic indicator of pace. The Frenchman knocked on the doors of the top ten together with Alex Rins, Danilo Petrucci and the Espargaro brothers, Dani Pedrosa a few places lower down in 17th.

Results:

Pos. Num. Rider Bike Time Gap 1st Prev.
1 29 Andrea IANNONE Suzuki 1'47.253    
2 51 Michele PIRRO Ducati 1'47.803 0.550 0.550
3 4 Andrea DOVIZIOSO Ducati 1'47.961 0.708 0.158
4 25 Maverick VIÑALES Yamaha 1'47.995 0.742 0.034
5 43 Jack MILLER Ducati 1'48.035 0.782 0.040
6 93 Marc MARQUEZ Honda 1'48.035 0.782  
7 21 Franco MORBIDELLI Honda 1'48.211 0.958 0.176
8 46 Valentino ROSSI Yamaha 1'48.218 0.965 0.007
9 99 Jorge LORENZO Ducati 1'48.219 0.966 0.001
10 35 Cal CRUTCHLOW Honda 1'48.229 0.976 0.010
11 5 Johann ZARCO Yamaha 1'48.272 1.019 0.043
12 42 Alex RINS Suzuki 1'48.274 1.021 0.002
13 9 Danilo PETRUCCI Ducati 1'48.304 1.051 0.030
14 41 Aleix ESPARGARO Aprilia 1'48.384 1.131 0.080
15 44 Pol ESPARGARO KTM 1'48.570 1.317 0.186
16 17 Karel ABRAHAM Ducati 1'48.573 1.320 0.003
17 26 Dani PEDROSA Honda 1'48.669 1.416 0.096
18 30 Takaaki NAKAGAMI Honda 1'48.878 1.625 0.209
19 19 Alvaro BAUTISTA Ducati 1'48.920 1.667 0.042
20 38 Bradley SMITH KTM 1'49.086 1.833 0.166
21 53 Tito RABAT Ducati 1'49.181 1.928 0.095
22 12 Thomas LUTHI Honda 1'49.460 2.207 0.279
23 45 Scott REDDING Aprilia 1'49.499 2.246 0.039
24 55 Hafizh SYAHRIN Yamaha 1'49.650 2.397 0.151
25 10 Xavier SIMEON Ducati 1'50.315 3.062 0.665
Round Number: 
6
2018
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