Pecco Bagnaia took pole position at the Misano World Circuit Marco Simoncelli, ahead of Marcel Schrotter and Mattia Pasini.
The early laps started with Simone Corsi throwing it up the road, and he was followed by Danny Kent and Joe Roberts, all on their out laps!
The early pacesetter was the newly signed by Speed Up rider Jorge Navarro, with the fastest lap time of the weekend so far on only his second lap, but was soon replaced by first Pasini, then Bagnaia, as Schrotter put his oar in to split the Italians in second. Fabio Quartararo put his Speed Up into 4th, Navarro was shuffled back to 5th and Alex Marquez was 7th. Championship contender Miguel Oliviera was top KTM in 8th. The other Italians at home weren’t doing so well, with Marini in 6th, and Locatelli and Baldassarri in 17th and 18th respectively, new MV recruit Fenati in 20th and Stefano Manzi not troubling the top 20, and Corsi suffering from the early crash in 30th.
As we went back out after the now-customary lull with 15 minutes left, it started with a literal bang as Oliviera crashed at turn 4, a very easy thing to do on the slowest corner of the entire track. It seemed with 10 minutes left there would be no improvements, there were no faster sector times coming from anyone apart from Baldassarri, who would get up to 12th and then throw it up the road at turn 4, compounding his misery. There was some improvement finally with 6 minutes left as Joan Mir jumped up to 10th, and Schrotter set a personal best to tighten his grip on second. Niki Tuuli would crash at turn 2, and being 28th wouldn’t trouble the top boys much, and was followed by Baldassarri for a second time, and also Remy Gardner on the Tech 3 bike. Dominique Aegerter also crashed, as it seemed the track had finally reached the tipping point of grip and it was very greasy, so all the laps from early in the session would be the fastest.
There were two exceptions, as Brad Binder managed to get his KTM to 5th and be top KTM, and Joan Mir retained his early 10th place.
With the race tomorrow being a true ‘home race’ for most of the VR46 Academy riders, will we get the Triclore flag waving or will the others ruin the party? Find out here on NowMoto!
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