The sixth round of the season got underway at Mugello on Friday. Home rider Pecco Bagnaia (Ducati), set the best time of the day with a 1:45.436, as 10 riders made it straight into Q2.
The Top 10 on the combined timesheet was completed by Marco Bezzecchi (Ducati), Álex Rins (Honda), Brad Binder (KTM), Jorge Martín (Ducati), Enea Bastianini (Ducati), Johan Zarco (Ducati), Marc Márquez (Repsol Honda), Aleix Espargaró (Aprilia) and Luca Marini (Ducati).
Tomorrow the riders will have a free practice session at 10:10am (CEST) before qualifying at 10:50am. At 3pm they will participate in the sprint race at the Italian GP.
Adaptation in Repsol Honda garage
After a few weeks off, Marc Márquez gets back on the RC213V this weekend to continue progressing in his search for good results. On the first day of action at Mugello, he finished in 8th position with a time of 1:45.691. Despite a crash during P2, he was able to get into the fight for pole position in Q2 on Saturday.
Joan Mir closed the day in 22nd position with a time of 1:47.614, after also suffering a crash in the afternoon session. The Repsol Honda team rider will have to go through Q1 on Saturday.
Combined practice times: Italian GP
|1. Pecco Bagnaia||DUCATI||1:45.436|
|2. Marco Bezzechi||DUCATI||+0.063|
|3. Álex Rins||HONDA||+0.081|
|4. Brad Binder||KTM||+0.118|
|5. Jorge Martín||DUCATI||+0.134|
|6. Enea Bastianini||DUCATI||+0.199|
|7. Johan Zarco||DUCATI||+0.226|
|8. Marc Márquez||REPSOL HONDA||+0.255|
|9. Aleix Espargaró||APRILIA||+0.348|
|10. Luca Marini||DUCATI||+0.399|
|22. Joan Mir||REPSOL HONDA||+2.178|
“We had a difficult day today, Mugello is always a bit of a tough track for us and I had to use a lot of energy today to get into Q2. This was our target so I am satisfied we were able to achieve it but we need to improve a few points for the next two days. It was a busy day trying things today as well, which should help us to come up with some solutions for tomorrow. The goal for tomorrow is to try and stay inside the top ten, the weather is still looking a bit uncertain so this might offer us some more opportunities”.