2021 Misano MotoGP FP1 Result: Viñales Quickest Before Downpour

The premier class had a tricky start in Misano, FP1 starting dry but with the cloud cover becoming menacingly grey and ending in a downpour for the final dozen minutes of the session. Although the session was cut short and not many were tempted to go out on rain tyres, it was great timing for Maverick Viñales, the new Aprilia recruit impressively putting his name at the top of the timesheets just before the rain arrived, aided by a recent test in Misano. Joan Mir was one of the few men who did some laps on the soaking track and his dry track time was good enough for second, eight hundredths of a second slower than the Aprilia. Pecco Bagnaia was one of the early leaders of the session but got demoted to third after his bike refused to rejoin the action for the second half of the session and the rain arrived once he did rejoin. Teammate Jack Miller joined him in fourth, with Alex Rins rounding out the top five.

Fabio Quartararo got stuck in a Repsol Honda sandwich in FP1, in between Pol Espargaro in 6th place and wildcard Stefan Bradl in 8th, closely followed by Marc Marquez, the Spaniard also having a play on rain tyres. Aprilia bookended the top 10, with Aleix Espargaro dropping to 10th, four tenths of a second behind his teammate. Johann Zarco missed out on the top 10 despite being within half a second of the leader, while the reshuffled Yamaha line-up was still getting up to speed, with Franco Morbidelli returning from injury in 16th position and the novel sight of Andrea Dovizioso in turquoise down in final place while he got reacquainted with the Yamaha.


Pos No. Rider Bike Time Diff Prev
1 12 Maverick Viñales Aprilia 1'32.666    
2 36 Joan Mir Suzuki 1'32.746 0.080 0.080
3 63 Francesco Bagnaia Ducati 1'32.801 0.135 0.055
4 43 Jack Miller Ducati 1'32.859 0.193 0.058
5 42 Alex Rins Suzuki 1'32.885 0.219 0.026
6 44 Pol Espargaro Honda 1'33.019 0.353 0.134
7 20 Fabio Quartararo Yamaha 1'33.024 0.358 0.005
8 6 Stefan Bradl Honda 1'33.047 0.381 0.023
9 93 Marc Marquez Honda 1'33.100 0.434 0.053
10 41 Aleix Espargaro Aprilia 1'33.102 0.436 0.002
11 5 Johann Zarco Ducati 1'33.143 0.477 0.041
12 23 Enea Bastianini Ducati 1'33.314 0.648 0.171
13 30 Takaaki Nakagami Honda 1'33.409 0.743 0.095
14 89 Jorge Martin Ducati 1'33.451 0.785 0.042
15 51 Michele Pirro Ducati 1'33.482 0.816 0.031
16 21 Franco Morbidelli Yamaha 1'33.570 0.904 0.088
17 27 Iker Lecuona KTM 1'33.710 1.044 0.140
18 73 Alex Marquez Honda 1'33.766 1.100 0.056
19 46 Valentino Rossi Yamaha 1'33.791 1.125 0.025
20 9 Danilo Petrucci KTM 1'33.950 1.284 0.159
21 33 Brad Binder KTM 1'34.022 1.356 0.072
22 88 Miguel Oliveira KTM 1'34.026 1.360 0.004
23 10 Luca Marini Ducati 1'34.037 1.371 0.011
24 4 Andrea Dovizioso Yamaha 1'35.211 2.545 1.174
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On an FP1 time?!

You mean for HIS mediocre performances, HIS childish temper antics that ended his time at Yamaha?

Redemption of his reputation is what he should be looking for. It ain't him against the world, it's him against himself.

For your insightful comment. I can't tell you how much I appreciate your wisdom.

I really should go through with my semi-drunken plan to create a 'Maverick Vinales - Free Practice World Champion' T-shirt.



A quick search shows Maverick setting the lap record last year at 1:31.08. He's pretty far from that as fastest rider Friday morning.


Yes Mav is 1.6 sec or so off the lap record but so what? Everyone else was even farther away from the record. He doesn't need to beat the record, he just needs to beat the other riders he's racing against. And so far he's doing that this weekend.

Or better still look at FP1 from last year. Strangely the 1st race he made a 1:32.198 but 2nd weekend his FP1 time was 1:32:589. Must have been track conditions, weather or what plan they were working on. It's FP1. He's new on the bike, it's hugely impressive. No he will not be on pole.

Dovisioso first session, and interview. Relaxed, happy. Monster on bike, no Red Bull on rider. Newly announced as "Really Need Funds" Racing.


Difficult to see what Maverick's lines and braking are looking like from FP coverage. Glimpses tip that he is a bit less sweepy but more to go.

Quartararo looks to be having a bit of a struggle with his bike being a handful to ride. Some set up change is needed. 

Great to see Morbidelli! And in Blue. Welcome back, we missed you, hope your knee is solid.

Can anyone tell which Ducatis are and aren't running the new infrared draft tire heater? The pizza oven looks nearly identical to the salad box. Should we ask Taka? 

Be sure to note Marini's livery...the winner of the "can the ugliest bike get uglier?" contest was Aleix Espargaro's children, each with a pink and yellow crayon. It will not be on television Sunday, but is part of a campaign to develop non-Saudi regime sponsorship. Pesto Bismol is in talks with VR46 following their previous difficult deal to swallow that evidently did not sit well. Valentino Rossi's sports psychologist recently referred him to an exorcist from The Vatican. This weekend 10% of their racing budget will go to help the disadvantaged poor, which right now is evidently themselves ironically. Hospitality will only be serving lousy crackers and wine. They have put out a release that they are open to sponsorship from crowdsourced fish and bread. Rossi will have to follow his brother Luca in Pepto AND see him bested by Bastiannini as penance. An offering plate will be circulating for the 2022 VR46 budget, since obviously Valentino Rossi would not have access to such things throughout Europe and Asia. 


Has anyone seen the Michelin Duff Tire Lottery being conducted? Is it randomized properly? It seems certain riders and bikes don't get them, I am curious if it is fair. 

Track limits, can't think of a joke fast enough. Have to go pack for a rainy camping weekend. Will try to watch Q and the race from the campervan if I can. So much is going on right now. Cheers!

It's random. Homer Simpson has been spotted in the paddock shuffling the tires. He's drunk and whining about missing the chili cookoff. Riders and teams are worried.