European MotoGP: Miller tops wet FP1, Quartararo slowest

Lewis Duncan
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KTM's Pol Espargaro – who scored his and KTM's first MotoGP podium in a wet Valencia race in 2018 – led the early part of the session with a 1m47.855s, before Miller took over with a 1m45.191s.

The Pramac rider was soon deposed by Ducati stablemate and Le Mans winner in wet conditions Danilo Petrucci, who set a brace of session-best efforts culminating in a 1m43.235s.

However, Miller ensured Petrucci's stint at the top last just a few seconds when he fired in a 1m42.555s 10 minutes into FP1.

Miller continued to find time on his following tour with a 1m42.263s, which stood as the benchmark for the next 15 minutes or so before Miller bettered that with a 1m42.063s.

This time would come under no threat through to the chequered flag, leaving Miller to end the session 0.467 seconds clear of the field.

Franco Morbidelli was the leading title protagonist in second on the SRT M1, with the Teruel GP winner leading Honda's Stefan Bradl, who is once again filling in for the injured Marc Marquez as a comeback for the world champion appears unlikely now.

Johann Zarco was the second-fastest Ducati in fourth on his Avintia GP19, with Alex Marquez rounding out the top five on the sister factory Honda despite a crash at the Nieto corner in the final 10 minutes.

Petrucci headed Pol Espargaro, Tech3 KTM's Miguel Oliveira – who didn't race at Valencia last year through injury – Ducati's Andrea Dovizioso and the leading factory Yamaha of Maverick Vinales in 10th.

Despite admitting on Thursday he would have to limit his mileage due to concerns over engine life in his remaining units, Vinales still completed 19 laps – two less than the highest tally of 21 a handful of riders completed.

Alex Rins was a steady 13th on the sister Suzuki ahead of Francesco Bagnaia (Pramac), who was the first faller of the weekend at the Doohan corner at Turn 2.

World Superbike rider Gerloff's first experience of MotoGP machinery ended with him 1.5s off the pace in 16th, heading the likes of Mir, Cal Crutchlow and Quartararo.

Gerloff, the first American to start an official MotoGP session since Nicky Hayden at Phillip Island in 2016, will remain on the factory Yamaha for FP2 while Valentino Rossi awaits the results of a COVID-19 test.

Championship leader Mir and nearest rival Quartararo both struggled in MotoGP's last wet weekend at Le Mans, with the Suzuki only 17th while a visibly frustrated Quartararo ended up 2.7s off the pace in last.

Aprilia debutant Lorenzo Savadori was two tenths clear of Quartararo in 20th as he takes over from Bradley Smith for the final three rounds.

Tech3's Iker Lecuona is absent from this weekend's European GP having been forced into isolation at home when his brother and assistant tested positive for COVID-19 earlier this week.

1

Australia
Australia

Jack Miller

Ducati Desmosedici GP20
Ducati Desmosedici GP20

Ducati

14

1'42.063

2

Italy
Italy

Franco Morbidelli

Yamaha YZR-M1
Yamaha YZR-M1

Yamaha

15

1'42.530

0.467

3

Germany
Germany

Stefan Bradl

Honda RC213V
Honda RC213V

Honda

16

1'42.566

0.503

4

France
France

Johann Zarco

Ducati Desmosedici GP19
Ducati Desmosedici GP19

Ducati

21

1'42.639

0.576

5

Spain
Spain

Alex Marquez

Honda RC213V
Honda RC213V

Honda

16

1'42.654

0.591

6

Italy
Italy

Danilo Petrucci

Ducati Desmosedici GP20
Ducati Desmosedici GP20

Ducati

18

1'42.700

0.637

7

Spain
Spain

Pol Espargaro

KTM RC16
KTM RC16

KTM

16

1'42.841

0.778

8

Portugal
Portugal

Miguel Oliveira

KTM RC16
KTM RC16

KTM

20

1'42.877

0.814

9

Italy
Italy

Andrea Dovizioso

Ducati Desmosedici GP20
Ducati Desmosedici GP20

Ducati

15

1'42.959

0.896

10

Spain
Spain

Maverick Viñales

Yamaha YZR-M1
Yamaha YZR-M1

Yamaha

19

1'43.009

0.946

11

Japan
Japan

Takaaki Nakagami

Honda RC213V
Honda RC213V

Honda

19

1'43.230

1.167

12

Spain
Spain

Aleix Espargaro

Aprilia RS-GP
Aprilia RS-GP

Aprilia

16

1'43.461

1.398

13

Spain
Spain

Alex Rins

Suzuki GSX-RR
Suzuki GSX-RR

Suzuki

20

1'43.521

1.458

14

Italy
Italy

Francesco Bagnaia

Ducati Desmosedici GP20
Ducati Desmosedici GP20

Ducati

14

1'43.572

1.509

15

South Africa
South Africa

Brad Binder

KTM RC16
KTM RC16

KTM

21

1'43.584

1.521

16

United States
United States

Garrett Gerloff

Yamaha YZR-M1
Yamaha YZR-M1

Yamaha

21

1'43.645

1.582

17

Spain
Spain

Joan Mir

Suzuki GSX-RR
Suzuki GSX-RR

Suzuki

19

1'43.728

1.665

18

United Kingdom
United Kingdom

Cal Crutchlow

Honda RC213V
Honda RC213V

Honda

17

1'43.925

1.862

19

Spain
Spain

Tito Rabat

Ducati Desmosedici GP19
Ducati Desmosedici GP19

Ducati

21

1'44.448

2.385

20

Italy
Italy

Lorenzo Savadori

Aprilia RS-GP
Aprilia RS-GP

Aprilia

21

1'44.527

2.464

21

France
France

Fabio Quartararo

Yamaha YZR-M1
Yamaha YZR-M1

Yamaha

21

1'44.791

2.728

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