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Marc Marquez led troughout most of the session, being kept honest by Jorge Lorenzo, but Andrea Iannone made use of the Ducati's power to set the fastest time by being a quarter of a second quicker than anyone else in the last sector, the long straight. Aleix Espagaro was second quickest.
Jack Miller opened the weekend by celebrating his new MotoGP job with a lap two thirds of a second quicker than anyone else, and under the current race record. Alex Marquez was second quickest in the cold session, and the distance between Miller and Marquez covered from second quickest to Roman Fenati in eleventh.
Race report and results follow.
Race report follows.
Report and results follow.
Valentino Rossi was quickest in the untimed free practice session, dominating the timing sheet from beginning to end. Jorge Lorenzo on the other Yamaha and Marc Marquez on the Honda were unable to unseat Rossi, and a 1'34.079 at the flag ensured he ended the session on top, looking very much like the Valentino Rossi of old.
As the session came to an end, the top position was traded amongst the top riders, minute by minute, with dry weather letting them ride unhampered for the first complete session all weekend.
Thomas Luthi sneaked ahead of Maverick Vinales from a fourth-sector blitz on a lap that didn't look like it would take the top spot. Luthi had dominated the session, posting fast laps at will. Mika Kallio was third quickest and within one twentieth of a second of Luthi's time.
The weather at Misano finally stopped hampering qualifying and let the riders put in some dry laps to determine who will be in which qualifying session. Andrea Iannone was quickest, without even needing a tow from a factory bike, with Andrea Dovizioso only four hundredths slower. Many teams used the session to put in five or six lap runs to make up for the lack of dry time, choosing to dial in the right settings rather than aim for outright fast laps.
On a drying track, Alex Marquez pipped Alex Rins for the fastest time in a session red-flagged by Roman Fenati destroying his bike, without injury, by touching a patch of astroturf on the exit from the last corner. The session was restarted with two minutes to run, but even in the mad dash, nobody could unseat Marquez.