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.