2018 Misano MotoGP FP1 Result: Dovizioso Leads, Marquez And Rossi Under Threat

The premier class seemed quite eager to bask in Misano sunshine after the dark skies of Silverstone and the battle for top of the timesheets resumed between the likes of Marc Marquez, Maverick Viñales and Andrea Dovizioso as headliners for their factories. The trio exchanged top spot throughout the session while putting in consistent laps on the medium tyre.

The calm before the storm set in once Marquez set camp at the top but with rain forecast for the rest of the practice sessions, riders were keen to end FP1 with a shootout for Q2 – with the exception of the reigning world champion. Jorge Lorenzo made the first move on fresh soft rubber but was quickly demoted by his teammate, Dovizioso claiming the headline to the checkered flag. Cal Crutchlow followed the Italian as top Honda and Viñales was top Yamaha in third.

Lorenzo dropped to fourth, under two tenths slower than the leader and with Andrea Iannone’s Suzuki another tenth back in fifth. Jack Miller ended his session in the gravel trap at turn one but the Pramac rider had already secured sixth position, over half a second off Dovizioso. Dani Pedrosa snuck into the top ten on his penultimate lap and finished seventh in the session, closely followed by Johann Zarco and Danilo Petrucci. Franco Morbidelli had another excellent morning on home soil to round out the top ten and provisionally ensure a Q2 spot.

In case of poor weather predictions becoming reality, Marquez and Valentino Rossi would be the main protagonists of Q1. Marquez did his usual strategy of not putting in new rubber at the end of FP1 in favour of a long run and dropped to 13th position on his used mediums, while Rossi put in a new medium rear for the shootout but failed to do any better than 15th spot, with Alex Rins sandwiched between the bitter rivals.

Results:

Pos. Num. Rider Bike Time Gap 1st Prev.
1 4 Andrea DOVIZIOSO Ducati 1'32.608    
2 35 Cal CRUTCHLOW Honda 1'32.709 0.101 0.101
3 25 Maverick VIÑALES Yamaha 1'32.739 0.131 0.030
4 99 Jorge LORENZO Ducati 1'32.807 0.199 0.068
5 29 Andrea IANNONE Suzuki 1'32.923 0.315 0.116
6 43 Jack MILLER Ducati 1'33.193 0.585 0.270
7 26 Dani PEDROSA Honda 1'33.209 0.601 0.016
8 5 Johann ZARCO Yamaha 1'33.241 0.633 0.032
9 9 Danilo PETRUCCI Ducati 1'33.255 0.647 0.014
10 21 Franco MORBIDELLI Honda 1'33.304 0.696 0.049
11 45 Scott REDDING Aprilia 1'33.322 0.714 0.018
12 19 Alvaro BAUTISTA Ducati 1'33.404 0.796 0.082
13 93 Marc MARQUEZ Honda 1'33.406 0.798 0.002
14 42 Alex RINS Suzuki 1'33.607 0.999 0.201
15 46 Valentino ROSSI Yamaha 1'33.615 1.007 0.008
16 51 Michele PIRRO Ducati 1'33.696 1.088 0.081
17 30 Takaaki NAKAGAMI Honda 1'33.843 1.235 0.147
18 38 Bradley SMITH KTM 1'34.286 1.678 0.443
19 41 Aleix ESPARGARO Aprilia 1'34.544 1.936 0.258
20 6 Stefan BRADL Honda 1'34.584 1.976 0.040
21 44 Pol ESPARGARO KTM 1'34.614 2.006 0.030
22 12 Thomas LUTHI Honda 1'34.801 2.193 0.187
23 10 Xavier SIMEON Ducati 1'34.967 2.359 0.166
24 17 Karel ABRAHAM Ducati 1'35.077 2.469 0.110
25 55 Hafizh SYAHRIN Yamaha 1'35.529 2.921 0.452
  23 Christophe PONSSON Ducati 1'40.038 7.430 4.509
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I don't know the rules on this, but if Ponsson is 7.5 seconds slower is he in danger of not qualifying? 

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He needs to be within 107% of the top time in any session (used to be qualifying only). His FP1 time is approx 1 second too slow. He'll probably be closer in the wet this afternoon or tomorrow morning.

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Great to see you back so quickly Pol! That was a bad injury friend.

Less than a tenth off Aleix, good pace. When they offer a pain killer for Sunday, say yes. The adrenaline doesn't last race distance. Good luck!

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