When the premier class rode their first laps on Friday morning, the warmth of Brno must have felt like an ice cave compared to Jerez a fortnight ago. Regardless, Takaaki Nakagami was in his element once again and put his name back at the top of the timesheets, helped by some fresh rubber at the end of FP1. Joan Mir followed his example and followed him in the hierarchy, only one hundredth of a second behind the leader.
Before the late time attack, Pol Espargaro had set camp in the lead of the session with a fine pace and maintained third place despite not being tempted by fresh rubber. Former teammate Johann Zarco trailled him by half a tenth, while Maverick Vinales joined the top five after becoming the first rider to be claimed by turn 13. Andrea Dovizioso and Danilo Petrucci finished in close quarters and less than three tenths of a second off the lead. Valentino Rossi and disciple Franco Morbidelli led Cal Crutchlow inside the remaining top ten positions.
Aleix Espargaro, Alex Rins and Fabio Quartararo missed out on top spots but were trailing the leader by under half a second, as were Jack Miller and Pecco Bagnaia, although the Pramac teammates had an eventful morning, with a fairly impressive save from the Australian at turn 13 and a fast late crash at turn 1 for Bagnaia. Brad Binder’s name also popped up at the business end but a couple of cancelled lap times dropped him back down to 16th position.