2019 Aragon MotoGP FP1 Result: Marquez Steals The Show

Homecomings don’t get any sweeter than Marc Marquez’s return to Aragon. There was no room for TV time for anyone else as the world champion casually started his morning one second ahead of the competition and that gap resisted until the final five minutes of FP1, when the opposition started the search for a provisional top 10. Jack Miller got closest, six tenths off the Spaniard, but Marquez responded immediately on a soft rear tyre to inflate that gap and sit two seconds clear of the competition for the final couple of minutes and two tenths shy of the all time lap record.

Maverick Vinales tried to save some dignity for the pursuers and finished a second and a half off his compatriot at the checkered flag but he was the only rider within two seconds of Marquez. The Yamaha man did not try on fresh rubber but the gap is big enough not to worry the Honda man anyway. Fabio Quartararo showed up late to the top three party but even Yamaha’s whizz-kid could not cope with that pace and settled for third.

Andrea Dovizioso was back to more familiar pastures after a difficult weekend on home soil but fourth will still look rather demoralising when looking at his gap to the top. Miller dropped to fifth, setting an identical time to a rather impressive Joan Mir, the Spaniard enjoying his time back in Spain. Danilo Petrucci, Pol Espargaro, Franco Morbidelli and Takaaki Nakagami completed the top ten.

Alex Rins had an early service road sightseeing session that lost him a bit of track time and then the Spaniard struggled to do any better than 13th. Cal Crutchlow had another tough start in Aragon, 15th in his first outing, while Valentino Rossi and his carbon swingarm finished 17th, a full three seconds slower than Marquez.


Pos. Num. Rider Bike Time Gap 1st Prev.
1 93 Marc MARQUEZ Honda 1'46.869    
2 12 Maverick VIÑALES Yamaha 1'48.486 1.617 1.617
3 20 Fabio QUARTARARO Yamaha 1'48.870 2.001 0.384
4 4 Andrea DOVIZIOSO Ducati 1'48.889 2.020 0.019
5 43 Jack MILLER Ducati 1'49.101 2.232 0.212
6 36 Joan MIR Suzuki 1'49.101 2.232  
7 9 Danilo PETRUCCI Ducati 1'49.230 2.361 0.129
8 44 Pol ESPARGARO KTM 1'49.300 2.431 0.070
9 21 Franco MORBIDELLI Yamaha 1'49.304 2.435 0.004
10 30 Takaaki NAKAGAMI Honda 1'49.443 2.574 0.139
11 88 Miguel OLIVEIRA KTM 1'49.445 2.576 0.002
12 41 Aleix ESPARGARO Aprilia 1'49.508 2.639 0.063
13 42 Alex RINS Suzuki 1'49.565 2.696 0.057
14 53 Tito RABAT Ducati 1'49.607 2.738 0.042
15 35 Cal CRUTCHLOW Honda 1'49.709 2.840 0.102
16 29 Andrea IANNONE Aprilia 1'49.809 2.940 0.100
17 46 Valentino ROSSI Yamaha 1'49.913 3.044 0.104
18 63 Francesco BAGNAIA Ducati 1'50.122 3.253 0.209
19 82 Mika KALLIO KTM 1'50.128 3.259 0.006
20 17 Karel ABRAHAM Ducati 1'50.155 3.286 0.027
21 55 Hafizh SYAHRIN KTM 1'50.418 3.549 0.263
22 38 Bradley SMITH Aprilia 1'50.455 3.586 0.037
23 99 Jorge LORENZO Honda 1'51.034 4.165 0.579
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Welcome back Bradley and Mika. Bradley Smith faster than Jorge Lorenzo on B.S.38's return to racing, wow!

Marc Marquez does a qualifying lap while every one else thinks it's free practice one. That is so Mick Doohan, double wow!

Qualifying lap of the fastest kind, fp1 time = 1'46.869. Pole position on Saturday = 1'47.009 that is 0.14 seconds slower than the "rub their noses in it" lap of friday morning.

Remember what happened to mighty Mick Doohan in fp1 at Jerez in 1999? perhaps not.

Champions do like to dominate, but two seconds a lap faster, finagle! 4 seconds per lap faster than team mate Jorge.


It's kind of weird to see the factory Honda team first and last. Curious how many times that has happened before.