Repsol Honda’s Marc Marquez marmalised the MotoGP pack in the opening free practice at Aragon, opening a 1.6s gap on the field with a lap only two-tenths slower than the outright lap record.
Marquez dominated from the off, swithcing to a soft rear Michelin early doors as thunderstorms and rain are expected at the Alcaniz track tomorrow. The reigning champion stuck in a benchmark 1’47.030 to fire a shot which was two seconds quicker than the field.
Suzuki’s Joan Mir and Jack Miller, on the Pramac Ducati, tried to get close to Marquez before Fabio Quartararo hopped into second with a 1’48.486 before Marquez went quicker again.
Maverick Vinales took his Monster Yamaha to second with a 1’48.486 and as that happened, Marquez started his final flying lap which culminated in a 1’46.869 which saw him finish 1.671s ahead of the field and illicit open mouths in pitlane.
Quartararo, on the Petronas Yamaha, did improve on his time, using soft Michelins all round to post a 1’48.870 to finish two seconds off the pace.
Andrea Dovizioso hopped into fourth with his final lap on the works Ducati with Miller slipping back to fifth and Mir sixth.
Danilo Petrucci finished in sixth place and 2.361s down on Marquez with Pol Espargaro, Franco Morbidelli and Taka Nakagami completing the top ten as the second-quickest Honda.
Injured Portugese rider Miguel Oliveira was 11th with Aleix Espargaro in 12th. Aleix Rins put his Suzuki in 13th after suffering a technical problem early in the session. Tito Rabat was 14th and Cal Crutchlow 15th, 2.840s in arrears.
Valentino Rossi finished in 17th place and Jorge Lorenzo dead last, more than four seconds behind team-mate Marquez.