Reigning MotoGP World Champion and series leader Marc Marquez led a dull opening free practice at Mugello this morning with Ducati’s Danilo Petrucci in second and the team’s test rider Michele Pirro in third.
Marquez, who used the same set of medium Michelins for the whole session, set a 1’47.558 to lead the way by almost two-tenths from Petrucci who put in late lap to depose Pirro who had been second for most of the period.
Pirro used a new rear aero device (see below) on his Desmosedici rear’s wheel for the whole of the practice which is keeping airflow getting tangled up in the caliper. He finished with a 1’47.804.
Fabio Quartararo saved Yamaha’s blushes with his last run as he shot into the top four on the Petronas-backed satellite M1, finishing 0.007s behind Pirro.
Aleix Espargaro debuted a new aero package on the Aprilia and set a 1’47.812 before his number one biked conked out and he switched to the second RS-GP.
Australian Jack Miller set a 1’47.814 for sixth place with Taka Nakagami in seventh. Pol Espargaro bagged eighth with Cal Crutchlow ninth and Andrea Dovioso on the last of the GP20 in tenth place and six-tenths off the pace.
Alex Rins was the first of the Suzukis in 11th place, one ahead of Rossi as the hometown hero could only muster 12th but is the second-fastest Yamaha.
Andrea Iannone was 13th with Maverick Vinales and Franco Morbidelli rounding out the top 15 which should produce at least a grimace from the stone-faced Lin Jarvis.
Pecco Bagnaia took his Pramac Ducati to 17th behind Karel Abraham and it was another abysmal start to a race weekend for Jorge Lorenzo. The former champion is down in 18th place and a second off the pace but is currently working without crew chief Ramon Aurin who is off sick with a poorly back.