Maverick and Yamaha scare ghosts with the best chrono

Viñales gets back on his M1 at Misano after running out of brakes in Austria and does so with a great time in FP1, which he leads ahead of Quartararo.


Spectacular return to action for Maverick Viñales on the back of his Yamaha M1, the same one that ran out of brakes in the Styrian GP race in Austria and forced the Spanish to jump off the bike at the end of the straight at 220 per hour . As if nothing had happened, Mack set the best time at the start of the San Marino GP and, in addition, he did it with a time (1: 32.198) that is already below the fastest lap of the race and only half a second of the absolute track record (1: 31.629, made by Lorenzo in 2018 with the Ducati) .

That record has given the third of the general a half-second advantage (0.550) over Fabio Quartararo, who arrives at this track with the poster of favorite after last year he fought for victory until the penultimate corner with Marc Márquez, who was the one who won. It is curious that the two from Yamaha did not agree at all about the choice of their tires when setting their best time. Viñales has opted for soft and hard, so it is possible to think that he will lower a lot more when he mounts a softer rear option, and Quartararo has opted for a half and a half. What is clear is that the new asphalt of the Marco Simoncelli, despite retaining some potholes, works better than last year.

Third in the timesheets was Aleix Espargaró, 0.201 from the head. The one from Aprilia coincided at the exit of the pit lane five minutes from the end with Maverick, who made a gesture with his hand to follow his wheel. The two have maintained a good relationship since they were teammates at Suzuki, when Mack got into MotoGP six years ago, as well as sharing a great love for cycling. Perhaps he would not have given a wheel to another, but Aleix did it with pleasure and the eldest of the Espargaró took advantage of the opportunity to place third.

After the leading trio and until closing the first ten places with provisional direct access to Q2, Zarco, a surprising Smith (the Aprilia tester continues to replace Iannone), Mir, Miller, Crutchlow, Pol and Nakagami. It should be noted that Mir was one of those who did not mount new rubber and is once again seen very connected to the Suzuki, the same one with which he would have won his first MotoGP race three weeks ago in Austria if the red flag had not appeared.

The first of those who remained at the gates of the top ten was Rossi and further behind were Álex Márquez (15th), Rins (16th), Lecuona (20th) and Rabat (21st). Especially surprising is Oliveira's last place (22nd), which is shocking after seeing the Portuguese win the previous race. His KTM teammate Binder, who won in Brno, started thirteenth at Misano, just ahead of a Dovizioso who had problems at the start of the session with his Ducati.

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