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Michele Pirro quickest in FP1 at Misano, leads Ducati 1-2-3-4

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Michele Pirro, Aruba Ducati, Ducati GP23, 2023 MotoGP, Misano, action [credit - Gold & Goose]

Super-sub Michele Pirro used his intimate knowledge of the Misano World Circuit to start up top in first free practice for the 2023 San Marino MotoGP.

The Italian, who is deputising for Enea Bastianini on home soil this weekend, spent sporadic periods atop the timesheets over the course of the 45mins session, eventually emerging with a pace setting time of 1m 31.909secs.

The only rider to dip below 1m 32secs, Pirro led a Ducati 1-2-3-4 from Luca Marini - fresh from the news he has re-signed with Mooney VR46 Ducati for the 2024 MotoGP season, while Jorge Martin, who comes into the season 50 points adrift of Pecco Bagnaia in the overall standings, started his weekend strongly in third.


Marco Bezzecchi and Raul Fernandez completed the top five on their respective Mooney VR46 Racing Ducati and CryptoData RNF Racing Aprilia machines, followed by Dani Pedrosa riding a third KTM Factory Racing RC16 this weekend alongside Brad Binder and Jack Miller.

He held the internal bragging rights after FP1, the Spaniard - present in Misano primarily to participate in the post-weekend test on Monday - straight up to speed just +0.345s slower than Ducati test riding counterpart Pirro.

After their 1-2 success in Catalunya last weekend, Maverick Vinales - at the venue where he made his Aprilia debut in 2021 - was seventh quickest, while Johann Zarco sat in eighth, from Aleix Espargaro and Alex Marquez in ninth and tenth.

Back on his Ducati just days after his huge accident at the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya Pecco Bagnaia made a steady start to his weekend in 20th overall, just ahead of the struggling Marc Marquez.

San Marino MotoGP, Misano - Free Practice 1 Results

2023 San Marino MotoGP | Misano World Circuit, Italy | Practice 1 Results | Round 12 of 20
Pos.NameNat.TeamMotorcycleLap Time
1Michele Pirro🇮🇹Ducati Leonovo TeamDucati GP231m 31.905
2Luca Marini🇮🇹Mooney VR46 RacingDucati GP221m 32.024
3Jorge Martin🇪🇦Prima Pramac RacingDucati GP231m 32.066
4Marco Bezzecchi🇮🇹Mooney VR46 RacingDucati GP221m 32.090
5Raul Fernandez🇪🇦CryptoData RNF RacingAprilia RS-GP1m 32.227
6Dani Pedrosa🇪🇦Red Bull KTM Factory RacingKTM RC161m 32.250
7Maverick Vinales🇪🇦Aprilia RacingAprilia RS-GP1m 32.275
8Johann Zarco🇨🇵Prima Pramac RacingDucati GP231m 32.301
9Aleix Espargaro🇪🇦Aprilia RacingAprilia RS-GP1m 32.327
10Alex Marquez🇪🇦Gresini Racing MotoGPDucati GP221m 32.349
11Brad Binder🇿🇦Red Bull KTM Factory RacingKTM RC161m 32.390
12Franco Morbidelli🇮🇹Monster Energy YamahaYamaha M11m 32.395
13Pol Espargaro🇪🇦GasGas Factory Racing Tech3KTM RC161m 32.404
14Jack Miller🇦🇺Red Bull KTM Factory RacingKTM RC161m 32.509
15Fabio Quartararo🇨🇵Monster Energy YamahaYamaha M11m 32.510
16Stefan Bradl🇩🇪Team HRCHonda RC213V1m 32.538
17Fabio di Giannantonio🇮🇹Gresini Racing MotoGPDucati GP221m 32.554
18Miguel Oliveira🇵🇹CryptoData RNF RacingAprilia RS-GP1m 32.559
19Takaaki Nakagami🇯🇵LCR Honda IDEMITSUHonda RC213V1m 32.571
20Pecco Bagnaia🇮🇹Ducati Leonovo TeamDucati GP231m 32.599
21Marc Marquez🇪🇦Repsol Honda TeamHonda RC213V1m 32.674
22Augusto Fernandez🇪🇦GasGas Factory Racing Tech3KTM RC161m 33.201
23Joan Mir🇪🇦Repsol Honda TeamHonda RC213V1m 33.228
24Takumi Takahashi🇯🇵LCR Honda CastrolHonda RC213V1m 37.894

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