The premier class provided a good distraction at Losail, with all the shiny new machinery out in action and the timesheets as jumbled as ever. Although a hot FP1 hierarchy might not mean much come Sunday, KTM led the way as Brad Binder stole top spot at the chequered flag by five hundredths of a second. Honda also got its fair share under the spotlight, with Takaaki Nakagami as their main actor in second position and the rest of their riders all making it into the top 10. Alex Rins was the only rider tempted by a time attack on soft tyres and although he briefly led the way towards the end of the session, the Spaniard got pushed back to third, only a tenth off top spot. Pol Espargaro and Marc Marquez completed the top five for Repsol Honda, while Franco Morbidelli was the lead Yamaha in sixth position.
Joan Mir enjoyed a quick stint at the top before dropping to seventh, half a second off top spot and narrowly ahead of early session leader Aleix Espargaro. Alex Marquez and Miguel Oliveira completed the top 10, with reigning champion Fabio Quartararo another tenth back. Ducati machines were a notable absence from the top 10 of the session, on what is usually a favourite playground of theirs. Jorge Martin and Jack Miller ended the session eight tenths off the lead in 12 and 13th positions, while Pecco Bagnaia dropped to 18th on the timesheets after a rare mistake saw him crash out at turn six in the final five minutes of the session. Amongst the excellent crop of rookies, Remy Gardner was the quickest of them in FP1, in 19th position and a second and a half behind the leader.
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