A cloudless sky greeted the premier class on their first exit in Italy and Yamaha machines seemed to find their speed again, on the fresh surface of the Misano circuit. The scattering of fans allowed in the grandstands saw Maverick Vinales and Fabio Quartararo exchange top spot, with the Spaniard having the last laugh by over half a second. Quartararo settled for second, two tenths ahead of a surprising outing from Aleix Espargaro in third.
Johann Zarco is getting accustomed to being the lead Ducati, this time in fourth, ahead of an excellent top five performance from Bradley Smith, who continues to replace Andrea Iannone. Joan Mir was the top Suzuki, although over a second slower than the leader and narrowly ahead of Jack Miller, Cal Crutchlow and Pol Espargaro, with Takaaki Nakagami rounding out the top ten.
Valentino Rossi did not make too much noise in FP1 and got pushed out of the top ten late in the session, but was in fine company ahead of Franco Morbidelli, Brad Binder and an Andrea Dovizioso pestered by technical issues. Pecco Baganaia was back in action on home soil and ready to make his case for a factory seat, but the Italian had a slow start in 18th position. MotoGP’s newest victor, Miguel Oliveira, has some speed to find out of last position in FP1, two second off the pace.