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.