Rossi leads the charge at home; 9-time world champion tops FP1 at Misano
With less than half a second covering the top ten in FP1 at Misano, the timesheets were incredibly close as the Gran Premio TIM di San Marino e della Riviera di Rimini got underway, but it was Movistar Yamaha MotoGP local legend Valentino Rossi who went fastest. After leading a lot of the latter half of the session, Monster Yamaha Tech 3 rider Pol Espargaro was pushed into P2 by the Italian, with Silverstone winner Maverick Viñales (Team Suzuki Ecstar) ending the session in third.
Championship leader Marc Marquez (Repsol Honda Team) was fourth fastest despite a crash at Turn 10, with reigning Champion Jorge Lorenzo (Movistar Yamaha MotoGP) completing the top five at Misano. Dani Pedrosa (Repsol Honda Team) was fastest in the session for some time, before finally seeing his time put him in P6.
Andrea Dovizioso (Ducati Team) was seventh at Ducati’s second home GP, ahead of Hector Barbera (Avintia Racing), Cal Crutchlow (LCR Honda) and Scott Redding (Octo Pramac Yakhnich), who completed the top ten despite a late engine problem.
Andrea Iannone (Ducati Team) was the first crasher of the session with a fast lowside, and the Italian initially returned to the garage before heading to the Medical Center for an x-ray to double check his fitness.