2016 Misano MotoGP FP1 Result: Rossi Delights Home Crowd

A toasty (at least by Silverstone standards) twenty-four degrees welcomed the MotoGP class in Misano, the riders using the session to get used to the new construction of the front tyres brought by Michelin.

Very close times at the top saw homeboy/man Valentino Rossi take a popular late lead of the session, a tenth ahead of another Yamaha – a top two that seems predictable but what is less predictable is the name of that second Yamaha rider: Pol Espargaro. The Spaniard had a fantastic start to his weekend, constantly challenging at the top of the timesheets and leading several times.

Initial questions about the Suzuki’s ability to handle the heat seem to have found an answer, with Silverstone victor Maverick Viñales in third position, although his teammate ended up just outside of the top ten.

Marc Marquez had a Marc Marquez session: always towards the top of the timesheets but also literally came to a halt in the middle of turn ten, after tucking the front and sliding off gently, the Spaniard remounting to come back to the pits. The final run grabbed him fourth spot, some two tenths behind Rossi.

Jorge Lorenzo kept real close in fifth spot, five hundreds of a second down on Marquez and only one hundredth ahead of Dani Pedrosa, the Honda rider even enjoying some time at the top in a sunny (literally and metaphorically) start to his weekend.

The Ducatis had taken an early lead with Andrea Dovizioso and Michele Pirro, the two eventually finishing seventh and fourteenth, while Andrea Iannone suffered a fast crash in turn thirteen, only having completed four laps and missing the rest of the session.

With Lorenzo as a tour guide, Hector Barbera made it into the top eight, followed by Cal Crutchlow and Scott Redding, the top ten covered by only half a second.

The combination of new tyres and new tarmac saw several fast crashes not only for Iannone but also Laverty, Petrucci and Rabat, with an unusual number of cancelled lap times for track limits infringements.


Pos. Num. Rider Bike Time Gap 1st Prev.
1 46 Valentino ROSSI Yamaha 1'33.451    
2 44 Pol ESPARGARO Yamaha 1'33.587 0.136 0.136
3 25 Maverick VIÑALES Suzuki 1'33.713 0.262 0.126
4 93 Marc MARQUEZ Honda 1'33.729 0.278 0.016
5 99 Jorge LORENZO Yamaha 1'33.774 0.323 0.045
6 26 Dani PEDROSA Honda 1'33.786 0.335 0.012
7 4 Andrea DOVIZIOSO Ducati 1'33.863 0.412 0.077
8 8 Hector BARBERA Ducati 1'33.882 0.431 0.019
9 35 Cal CRUTCHLOW Honda 1'33.920 0.469 0.038
10 45 Scott REDDING Ducati 1'34.034 0.583 0.114
11 41 Aleix ESPARGARO Suzuki 1'34.072 0.621 0.038
12 6 Stefan BRADL Aprilia 1'34.126 0.675 0.054
13 43 Jack MILLER Honda 1'34.143 0.692 0.017
14 51 Michele PIRRO Ducati 1'34.234 0.783 0.091
15 9 Danilo PETRUCCI Ducati 1'34.412 0.961 0.178
16 19 Alvaro BAUTISTA Aprilia 1'34.496 1.045 0.084
17 29 Andrea IANNONE Ducati 1'34.699 1.248 0.203
18 22 Alex LOWES Yamaha 1'34.923 1.472 0.224
19 68 Yonny HERNANDEZ Ducati 1'34.925 1.474 0.002
20 50 Eugene LAVERTY Ducati 1'35.280 1.829 0.355
21 53 Tito RABAT Honda 1'35.302 1.851 0.022
22 12 Javier FORES Ducati 1'37.090 3.639 1.788


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Zara, enjoying your unbridled play with expressing track events. Much appreciated. The Barbera tour guide bit was fun, enjoying how much you capture with how few words. Very readable flow as well.
Keep up the great work.
Fores is out there? Huh! Rabat must be pleased to have company.
P.Espargaro - keep it going buddy, great to see you excelling so soon after a big spill.
Suzuki and Vinales - the electronics may actually be coming together for the garage right now. I expect a leap forward for them in warmer conditions, perhaps here and now. So happy that the Mitsubishi brains have been shelved! I remember talking w Hopkins and Kenny Jr about their electronics ten yrs ago, and both shook their heads and said little. Suzuki was the primary beneficiary of spec electronics.
Cheers Zara!

Gotta feel happy for the lad. Hope he wins a race this record-breaking year. 

Tour guide. :lol3

To run with this crowd, you gotta really really good. But when you have your own symbol on the other team's pit boards (the tricycle is pretty funny), and that's how you're known to the race fans...when are his sponsors gonna take note of what they're being associated with image wise?