As MotoGP leaps into the unknown this weekend at the Chang International Circuit, Maverick Viñales led the way in this morning’s FP1 session, setting a time of 1:31:220. Rossi followed closely in 2nd, with a time of 1:31:490. Dovizioso placed 3rd in the session, setting a time of 1:31:636.
Top Honda for this FP1 session was Marquez in 5th position, setting a time of 1:31:668. Nakagami, who is currently vying to become Rookie of the Year, placed 8th, with a time of 1:32:040. Crutchlow found himself in 11th position with a time of 1:32:280. Pedrosa, who had topped the sheets at the #ThaiTest, found himself in 13th position, with a time of 1:32:414.
Top Ducati for this session was Dovizioso in 3rd. Miller impressed in FP1, setting a time of 1:31:637, placing 4th. Petrucci placed 9th, with a time of 1:32:108. Lorenzo, who is nursing a foot injury, placed 17th with a time of 1:32:521.
Yamaha, who have struggled in recent races, finished 1st and 2nd this session, with Viñales and Rossi respectively. Zarco finished FP1 in 6th position, with a time of 1:31:786.
Top Suzuki, for the first ever session at the Chang International Circuit, was Iannone, in 7th position, with a time of 1:31:860. Rins placed 14th with a time of 1:32:422.
Top Aprilia for this morning FP1 session, was Redding, who revealed he would be moving to BSB for the 2019 season. He set a time of 1:32:191, placing 10th. A. Espargaro placed 12th with a time of 1:32:313.
Top KTM was P. Espargaro, placing 18th with a time of 1:32:648. Smith, who appears to have some work to do, placed 21st, with a time of 1:33:092.
Yamaha have a successful first experience of the Chang International Circuit, can they hold onto the top spot? Or will Marquez stamp his authority over FP2?