A hot day in Misano was led by a Takaaki Nakagami in hot form on a track that he seems to enjoy, with two podiums in the past three years. The Japanese rider set a string of red sector times in his last run, putting him ahead but within a tenth of this closest challengers.
Thomas Luthi was also in great shape after the Silverstone win, finishing second after leading much of the session. A little tumble in turn ten didn’t seem to bother him much, although he failed to improve his early time in subsequent runs.
Johann Zarco also had a rodeo moment but kept it upright to complete the top three less than a tenth behind the leader. Lorenzo Baldassarri threatened the established order late into the session, finishing fourth, Jonas Folger doing pretty much the same just half a tenth behind the Italian.
Simone Corsi courted the top three early on but fell back to sixth, ahead of Sam Lowes. The Brit seemed to warm up slower but eventually climbed his way into seventh position, some three tenths behind the leader.
Alex Rins has many more reasons to smile compared to exactly one week ago, the Spaniard riding without painkillers and still putting in a top ten performance in eighth place, followed by Marcel Schrotter and Sandro Cortese, the top ten covered by half a second.
|6||24||Simone CORSI||Speed Up||1'38.634||0.327||0.098|
|12||60||Julian SIMON||Speed Up||1'39.003||0.696||0.019|
|18||19||Xavier SIMEON||Speed Up||1'39.337||1.030||0.047|
|24||97||Xavi VIERGE||Tech 3||1'40.019||1.712||0.239|
|25||32||Isaac VIÑALES||Tech 3||1'40.072||1.765||0.053|