A spotless sky and hot tarmac set the scene for the premier class to blast through the FP1 benchmark within a handful of laps and Ducati came to the fore early on. Although the extended family of Bologna bullets had challengers throughout the 45 minutes, they still came out on top with Johann Zarco leading Jack Miller – both men with something to prove following Argentina. Fabio Quartararo’s top 10 placement looked at threat in the final moments of FP2, after an strong lap from Luca Marini, but the Frenchman snuck back into third on his final flying lap to separate Enea Bastianini from the rest of his leading colleagues.
FP1 leader Alex Rins was one of the last men to improve on the morning’s benchmark but an early time attack halfway through the session put him back in charge of proceedings. The Suzuki man failed to improve in the closing stages and dropped to fifth, almost half a second off the lead. Marc Marquez flew under the radar on his way to sixth position but he was noticeably the only Honda machine in the provisional top 10. Maverick Viñales kept close in seventh place, ahead of compatriot Joan Mir, while two more Ducatis closed the top 10 show: Pecco Bagnaia ahead of Jorge Martin.
The intense final few minutes left championship leader Aleix Espargaro out of top 10 contention by one hundredth of a second, placing him ahead of brother Pol, who continued to not have the smoothest journey aboard the Honda. Brad Binder was the lead KTM in 13th position, nearly one second off top spot and with no other orange bikes within a second of his time.
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