2020 Barcelona MotoGP FP1 Result: Quartararo Sets The Tone

It was a bright but chilly start in Barcelona for the premier class and Fabio Quartararo felt at home at the top of the standings throughout the first practice session. The Frenchman finished morning practice over four tenths of a second ahead of championship leader Andrea Dovizioso, who had a slow start but then got up to speed to climb into second. Despite an uncharacteristic tumble at turn five halfway through proceedings, Joan Mir recovered to finish third, marginally ahead of recent victor Maverick Vinales.

Aleix Espargaro joined the top five on home soil, just a touch quicker than Franco Morbidelli and with Alex Rins in seventh position as the last man to post a time within a second of the leader. Valentino Rossi added a fourth Yamaha to the top eight, while the continuously convalescent Cal Crutchlow returned to action with a solid ninth position and top Honda in the session. Miguel Oliveira took the final place in the top ten as top KTM, but with less than a tenth keeping him ahead of Takaaki Nakagami, Johann Zarco, Iker Lecuona and Bradley Smith.

Pecco Bagnaia in 15th and Pol Espargaro in 16th place had a low-key start in Montmelo, much like Jack Miller in 18th and Brad Binder 21st, although not everyone was tempted by a late time attack.

Results:

Pos. Num. Rider Bike Time Gap 1st Prev.
1 20 Fabio QUARTARARO Yamaha 1'40.431    
2 4 Andrea DOVIZIOSO Ducati 1'40.861 0.430 0.430
3 36 Joan MIR Suzuki 1'41.060 0.629 0.199
4 12 Maverick VIÑALES Yamaha 1'41.105 0.674 0.045
5 41 Aleix ESPARGARO Aprilia 1'41.195 0.764 0.090
6 21 Franco MORBIDELLI Yamaha 1'41.219 0.788 0.024
7 42 Alex RINS Suzuki 1'41.316 0.885 0.097
8 46 Valentino ROSSI Yamaha 1'41.536 1.105 0.220
9 35 Cal CRUTCHLOW Honda 1'41.549 1.118 0.013
10 88 Miguel OLIVEIRA KTM 1'41.592 1.161 0.043
11 30 Takaaki NAKAGAMI Honda 1'41.609 1.178 0.017
12 5 Johann ZARCO Ducati 1'41.625 1.194 0.016
13 27 Iker LECUONA KTM 1'41.640 1.209 0.015
14 38 Bradley SMITH Aprilia 1'41.643 1.212 0.003
15 63 Francesco BAGNAIA Ducati 1'41.790 1.359 0.147
16 44 Pol ESPARGARO KTM 1'41.833 1.402 0.043
17 6 Stefan BRADL Honda 1'41.969 1.538 0.136
18 43 Jack MILLER Ducati 1'42.026 1.595 0.057
19 9 Danilo PETRUCCI Ducati 1'42.059 1.628 0.033
20 73 Alex MARQUEZ Honda 1'42.061 1.630 0.002
21 33 Brad BINDER KTM 1'42.335 1.904 0.274
22 53 Tito RABAT Ducati 1'42.992 2.561 0.657
Round Number: 
9
2020
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