Mattia Pasini’s stunning renaissance of form has continued on the first day of action at this weekend’s San Marino Grand Prix at Misano, topping the day’s combined times by only 0.065 from championship leader Franco Morbidelli.
Morbidelli headed fellow 2018 MotoGP graduate Takaaki Nakagami to complete the provisional front row, ahead of the Suter of Dominique Aegerter and with Miguel Oliveira making it three manufacturers in the top five for KTM ahead of Thomas Luthi and Francesco Bagnaia, with Simone Corsi taking the fourth manufacturer, Speed Up, to eighth.
However, the morning’s fastest man Alex Marquez is out of the rest of the weekend’s action after a fall in free practice one, landing heavily on his hip after a nasty highside. Diagnosed with a minor internal bleed and a small crack to his pelvis, he’ll sit out the remainder of the weekend.
British racer Tarran Mackenzie also sat out free practice two as his crew worked to rebuild his Kiefer Racing bike following a free practice one fall. Caused by a technical problem, Mackenzie was lucky to walk away unscathed from what he described as the fastest crash of his career.