Maverick Viñales He has led his first free practice as a dad in the MotoGP FP1 of the Italian Grand Prix at Mugello. The tributes to little Nina appear in her box with hanging pink motifs, a Nina painted on her seat and is wearing pink gloves and boots and the tribute to her little girl is giving luck to the one from Roses.
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That the Yamaha are doing well at Mugello reveals that they have more victories than the Ducatistas, which for them is their home circuit. Given the good weather forecast, even the rain option for Sunday has disappeared, nobody has ‘thrown’ the softs in this FP1, but Viñales did mount new medium rubber to get ahead with 1’46 ”593 in his 19th turn and that nobody could with him. At 0 ”209 Zarco finished, at 0” 359 Alex Rins and at 0 ”583 Joan Mir. The top-10 was completed by Morbidelli, Bagnaia, Pirro, Quartararo, Miller and Oliveira.
Problems for Honda with their lack of rear grip at maximum inclination and all four are out of Q2 at the moment: Nakagami 11th, Pol Espargaró 12th, Marc Márquez 16th and Alex Márquez 19th.
Marc Márquez made a first lap with his Honda at the beginning and returned to the box without completing it. then he did three runs of five, six and seven laps without improving the 1’48 ”277 of the sixth lap –1” 684 from Viñales–. Nor was it a great start for Valentino Rossi, 17th and the only Yamaha outside the top-10, 1 ”7 behind Viñales.