A glimpse of sun and some dry tarmac were a pleasant change from the weekend the intermediate class enjoyed the last time around, although the timesheets don’t look particularly different. After Italian riders led the Moto3 and MotoGP FP1 sessions, yet another one was top of the timesheets in Moto2 – that one being, quite predictably, Franco Morbidelli.
Mattia Pasini appears to have consistency on his side this season, the Italian being frequently into the top ten in practice, despite often failing to follow it through in the actual race. Pasini started his weekend in Mugello by leading the session for a long time before his compatriot took over, relegating him to a more than respectable second position, less than half a tenth off Morbidelli.
Alex Marquez seems to have recovered well from the hairline fracture he got in Le Mans and finished the session third, two tenths off his teammate. Takaaki Nakagami also had a good start with a fourth position, followed by Simone Corsi in fifth.
Miguel Oliveira started Mugello where he left off in Le Mans, which isn’t saying much, but he recovered to score a more competitive sixth position in the session. Teammate Brad Binder was back in action after the latest surgery on his arm, the Moto3 world champion taking it easy to complete the top twenty.
Tom Luthi dropped to seventh spot, over eight tenths down on Morbidelli, while Pecco Bagnaia had a slightly more low-key start compared to what he got us used to lately, the Italian finishing tenth.
|5||24||Simone CORSI||Speed Up||1'52.989||0.421||0.139|
|14||97||Xavi VIERGE||Tech 3||1'53.770||1.202||0.048|
|24||87||Remy GARDNER||Tech 3||1'54.466||1.898||0.043|
|29||37||Augusto FERNANDEZ||Speed Up||1'55.609||3.041||0.451|
|32||89||Khairul Idham PAWI||Kalex||1'56.321||3.753||0.408|