Maverick Vinales led a Yamaha charge to the top of the Misano MotoGP Friday timesheets, with four YZR-M1s in the top five positions.
Vinales, who had none of the new parts on his Monster-stickered bike put in a 1’32.777 with a medium/soft combination to push this morning’s quickest man Fabio Quartararo to second and even a last-lap charge from the French, which culminated in a 1’32.832, wasn’t quite enough.
Reigning champion Marc Marquez set his fastest laptime early doors with a hard/soft combination, putting in a 1’33.175 for third overall before going on put in a race run before switching to a used medium front later on and keeping the original soft rear.
Hometown hero Valentino Rossi, who had Yamaha’s new carbon swingarm, dual exhaust and front-wheel aero fitted, hopped into fourth with a 1’33.470 on new softs all round which was enough to halt protege Franco Morbidelli, on the second Petronas M1, who finished 0.054s behind The Doctor.
Red Bull KTM’s Pol Espargaro bagged sixth place in the RC-16, inserting new softs all round to set a 1’33.624 one ahead of Ducati test rider Michele Pirro whose time from this morning was enough to keep him in seventh overall.
Danilo Petrucci was the fastest of the regular Ducati riders, putting his works GP19 in eighth place with a medium/soft combination. He finished a quarter of a second off the pace.
Aprilia’s Aleix Espargaro also had to reply on his time from this morning to stay in the top ten, ending the day in ninth with Andrea Dovizioso the last of the automatic qualifying two men should it heave down in the morning.
Silverstone winner Alex Rins missed the cut by 0.048s, finishing on a 1’33.874 with his sixth lap on mediums all round. The Spaniard put in 23 laps but didn’t try a soft rear on the GSX-RR.
Cal Crutchlow was half a second faster than this morning but still more than a second off the pace, using a medium/soft combo for his fastest lap of 1’33.907.
Johann Zarco found eight-tenths in the second session to creep into 13th place with Pramac Ducati team-mate Pecco Bagnaia and Jack Miller finishing behind Taka Nakagami.
Jorge Lorenzo was more than a second faster after lunch but remained in 17th and 1.4s off the pace.