Yamaha 1-2-3 in FP1 at Motegi | Miller top Ducati

2019 MotoGP Round 16

Motegi MotoGP FP1


It was a Yamaha 1-2-3 on Friday afternoon at Motegi as the opening practice session for this 16th round of the 2019 MotoGP World Championship got underway in fine conditions. 

Maverick Vinales the outright pace-setter over the SRT Petronas pairing of Fabio Quartararo and Franco Morbidelli.  Valentino Rossi was 12th but less than half-a-second off third ranked Morbidelli.

Marc Marquez already looks to have strong race pace without requiring any fresh rubber to set a competitive time in fourth place ahead of Suzuki team-mates Alex Rins and Joan Mir.

Jack Miller was the leading Ducati in FP1 just ahead of Andrea Dovizioso while Pol Espargaro clinced ninth place for KTM.

Cal Crutchlow was the second quickest Honda in tenth place just ahead of Aprilia’s Aleix Espargaro. 

Vinales’ 1m45.572s was only just outside Jorge Lorenzo’s race lap record on the Yamaha set in 2014. Lorenzo also has the fastest ever recorded lap of the 4.8 km circuit with his stunning 1m43.790 during practice in 2015.  This afternoon Lorenzo set a best of 1m47.438s which was good enough to rank him 19th on the time-sheets. 

Remy Gardner had been fifth in the preceding Moto2 practice session which was headed by Brad Binder on the KTM. 

Motegi MotoGP FP1 Results

Pos Rider Bike Time/Gap
1 Maverick VIÑALES Yamaha 1m45.572
2 Fabio QUARTARARO Yamaha +0.258 
3 Franco MORBIDELLI Yamaha +0.411
4 Marc MARQUEZ Honda +0.463
5 Alex RINS Suzuki +0.493 
6 Joan MIR Suzuki +0.553
7 Jack MILLER Ducati +0.625 
8 Andrea DOVIZIOSO Ducati +0.634
9 Pol ESPARGARO KTM +0.643 
10 Cal CRUTCHLOW Honda +0.717 
11 Aleix ESPARGARO Aprilia +0.842 
12 Valentino ROSSI Yamaha +0.848 
13 Danilo PETRUCCI Ducati +0.963
14 Andrea IANNONE Aprilia +1.173 
15 Takaaki NAKAGAMI Honda +1.191
16 Mika KALLIO KTM +1.326 
17 Miguel OLIVEIRA KTM +1.370 
18 Karel ABRAHAM Ducati +1.755 
19 Jorge LORENZO Honda +1.866 
20 Francesco BAGNAIA Ducati +1.924 
21 Sylvain GUINTOLI Suzuki +2.181
22 Tito RABAT Ducati +2.525 
23 Hafizh SYAHRIN KTM +2.786

MotoGP Championship Standings

Pos Rider Bike Nation Points
1 Marc MARQUEZ Honda SPA 325
2 Andrea DOVIZIOSO Ducati ITA 215
3 Alex RINS Suzuki SPA 167
4 Maverick VIÑALES Yamaha SPA 163
5 Danilo PETRUCCI Ducati ITA 162
6 Valentino ROSSI Yamaha ITA 145
7 Fabio QUARTARARO Yamaha FRA 143
8 Jack MILLER Ducati AUS 119
9 Cal CRUTCHLOW Honda GBR 102
10 Franco MORBIDELLI Yamaha ITA 90
11 Pol ESPARGARO KTM SPA 80
12 Takaaki NAKAGAMI Honda JPN 74
13 Joan MIR Suzuki SPA 58
14 Aleix ESPARGARO Aprilia SPA 46
15 Francesco BAGNAIA Ducati ITA 34
16 Andrea IANNONE Aprilia ITA 33
17 Miguel OLIVEIRA KTM POR 29
18 Johann ZARCO KTM FRA 27
19 Jorge LORENZO Honda SPA 23
20 Tito RABAT Ducati SPA 18
21 Stefan BRADL Honda GER 16
22 Michele PIRRO Ducati ITA 9
23 Sylvain GUINTOLI Suzuki FRA 7
24 Hafizh SYAHRIN KTM MAL 7
25 Karel ABRAHAM Ducati CZE 5

Moto2/3 FP1 Times

Source: MCNews.com.au

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