Yamahas take the fight to Marquez on Day 1

So in the end, Viñales took spoils on Marquez turf to lead the reigning Champion by 0.044, with Rossi and Miller both a tenth away. Cal Crutchlow (LCR Honda Castrol) is fifth at the end of Friday’s running, the British rider 0.261 off Viñales, with Rins P6. Red Bull KTM Factory Racing’s Pol Espargaro went very well on the soft-soft tyre combination to finish 0.507 from P1, cementing his top ten pace shown by finishing P6 in FP1. Franco Morbidelli (Petronas Yamaha SRT) got himself into the top ten in the latter stages to finish eighth after an 11th place in FP1, just ahead of teammate Quartararo. Bagnaia occupies the final provisional automatic Q2 spot in P10, a good improvement from his P19 in FP1 as the two Pramac Racing Ducatis are the only Desmosedicis in the top ten.

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