Motorland Aragon welcomed back the premier class with a clearer sky and warmer asphalt than last time out and the Hondas seemed to be thriving in the not-so-early morning. Alex Marquez started the session at the top of the timesheets and after an interruption from colleague Takaaki Nakagami, Marquez reclaimed top spot for the final couple of minutes. That final time attack put him over four tenths ahead of his rivals and the Spaniard looked on course to increase that advantage when the front end gave way at the final turn on his final flying lap. Although not many were tempted by a late time attack, the top four featured three Hondas, Nakagami in second and Stefan Bradl in fourth sandwiching Joan Mir in third. While Bradl was a touch more inconsistent, the top three showed good consistent pace throughout the session.
Franco Morbidelli was the fastest Yamaha in fifth, seven hundredths of a second ahead of Maverick Vinales, while Jack Miller was once again the leading Ducati in seventh position. Alex Espargaro and Pol Espargaro finished within half a tenth of each other and over one second off top spot, while Cal Crutchlow rounded out the top ten despite ending his session on the service road.
Last weeks’ victor Alex Rins finished the morning session in 12th spot, with Andrea Dovizioso 16th and Fabio Quartararo another place back, not being tempted by a late time attack.