2019 Motegi MotoGP FP1 Result: Vinales Headlines Yamaha Showtime

FP1 appeared to be one of the few fully dry sessions forecasted for Motegi and it showed on the timing screens, with everyone eager to find some pace and then attack the timesheets on fresh rubber. There were a few brave exceptions to that rule but all the fastest men going into Friday afternoon rode Yamahas. Maverick Vinales was consistently amongst the top riders throughout the session and overhauled colleague Fabio Quartararo to top spot. Franco Morbidelli kept up with his teammate to complete a Yamaha top three.

Marc Marquez got to stretch his legs as a world champion on Honda’s home track and led the way for a considerable amount of time but was in no rush to prove his speed and was not tempted by a late attack on new tyres. His usual routine dropped him nearly half a second off the leader but safely in fourth and with solid pace – as if there was any other way. Alex Rins did give the soft rear tyre a late go and used it to join the top five, narrowly ahead of teammate Joan Mir.

Jack Miller in seventh spot found himself as lead Ducati but his cause was helped by Andrea Dovizioso taking the Marquez approach and not swapping to new rubber to end the session. This left the Italian in a sensible eighth position but compatriot Valentino Rossi, who tried the same strategy, was less successful, getting demoted from the top ten by late attacks from Pol Espargaro, Cal Crutchlow and Aleix Espargaro. Both him and pal Danilo Petrucci will be hoping for a dry FP2 to set things straight.

Results:

Pos. Num. Rider Bike Time Gap 1st Prev.
1 12 Maverick VIÑALES Yamaha 1'45.572    
2 20 Fabio QUARTARARO Yamaha 1'45.830 0.258 0.258
3 21 Franco MORBIDELLI Yamaha 1'45.983 0.411 0.153
4 93 Marc MARQUEZ Honda 1'46.035 0.463 0.052
5 42 Alex RINS Suzuki 1'46.065 0.493 0.030
6 36 Joan MIR Suzuki 1'46.125 0.553 0.060
7 43 Jack MILLER Ducati 1'46.197 0.625 0.072
8 4 Andrea DOVIZIOSO Ducati 1'46.206 0.634 0.009
9 44 Pol ESPARGARO KTM 1'46.215 0.643 0.009
10 35 Cal CRUTCHLOW Honda 1'46.289 0.717 0.074
11 41 Aleix ESPARGARO Aprilia 1'46.414 0.842 0.125
12 46 Valentino ROSSI Yamaha 1'46.420 0.848 0.006
13 9 Danilo PETRUCCI Ducati 1'46.535 0.963 0.115
14 29 Andrea IANNONE Aprilia 1'46.745 1.173 0.210
15 30 Takaaki NAKAGAMI Honda 1'46.763 1.191 0.018
16 82 Mika KALLIO KTM 1'46.898 1.326 0.135
17 88 Miguel OLIVEIRA KTM 1'46.942 1.370 0.044
18 17 Karel ABRAHAM Ducati 1'47.327 1.755 0.385
19 99 Jorge LORENZO Honda 1'47.438 1.866 0.111
20 63 Francesco BAGNAIA Ducati 1'47.496 1.924 0.058
21 50 Sylvain GUINTOLI Suzuki 1'47.753 2.181 0.257
22 53 Tito RABAT Ducati 1'48.097 2.525 0.344
23 55 Hafizh SYAHRIN KTM 1'48.358 2.786 0.261
Round Number: 
16
2019
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