2019 MotoGP
Round Six – Mugello
Friday Report


Francesco Bagnaia (Pramac Racing) and Fabio Quartararo (Petronas Yamaha SRT) stole the headlines on Friday in the Gran Premio d’Italia Oakley, with the rookies taking a 1-2 and split by just 0.046 at the top – making it the first time since Qatar 2008 qualifying, when Jorge Lorenzo took his debut pole ahead of Brit James Toseland, that two rookies have topped a full session.

Their closest competition came from Danilo Petrucci (Mission Winnow Ducati) as the Italian was just under a tenth in arrears in P3, with some big names outside the top ten: Andrea Dovizioso (Mission Winnow Ducati), Valentino Rossi (Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP) and Jorge Lorenzo (Repsol Honda Team).

Conditions were a stark contrast to Le Mans as the sun shone over the stunning Tuscan countryside in Mugello, and as the clock ticked down, every rider apart from LCR Honda Idemitsu’s Takaaki Nakagami and Aleix Espargaro (Aprilia Racing Team Gresini) had improved on their FP1 times with just under 20 minutes to go. As is oft the case in MotoGP FP2, however, most of the chopping and changing came in the final ten minutes.

FP1 leader Marc Marquez (Repsol Honda Team) was sat at the top of the times for most of FP2, followed by a quintet of Ducatis, before Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP’s Maverick Viñales then jumped into the top four and fellow Yamaha rider Quartararo moved up into P3 as the timing screens lit up with red sectors.

Danilo Petrucci (Mission Winnow Ducati) was the next to strike as he took over at the top, before Red Bull KTM Factory Racing’s Pol Espargaro stuck in the first 1:46 of the weekend to take P1 and impress once again.

Petrucci and Quartararo then exchanged fastest times at the top, but with seconds to go there was another Italian on the march: Bagnaia, who improved drastically from a P17 in FP1 to delight the home crowd. That pushed Quartararo down to second, but only by half-a-tenth, with Petrucci in P3 and Pol Espargaro keeping hold of his top four.


Pecco Bagnaia – P1

“I’m very happy because the work we’re doing is paying off. We have improved in the last races and the feeling was very good already in the FP1. The time attack came well and that’s why I’m satisfied. Tomorrow it will be very important to qualify directly for the Q2.”

Fabio Quartararo – P2

“This track is incredible. I’m enjoying myself a lot on this bike. I feel good under braking and the bike turns really well, so I’m making the most of this and I will do my best to be as fast as possible. I think it’s the first time I have enjoyed myself in this way at this track. We need to review the data but I think that it will be really difficult to get onto the front row of the grid here, because there are many riders whose times are close together. Tomorrow we will continue working on the tyre choice for the race and we will try to have a good qualifying session.”

MotoGP Rnd Mugello Fri Fabio Quartararo
Fabio Quartararo

Danilo Petrucci – P3

“Today the feeling with the bike was quite good, even though I’m not in perfect shape physically since I have a cold. Both sessions went quite well, even though the track doesn’t have much grip at the moment, to the point that you don’t feel a big difference even with a new soft rear tyre. So far, I’m still losing some time in the final sector, where I struggle to make the bike turn as I’d want to and I still can’t pick the lines I’d like to in the last corner. This is what we’ll focus on first, analyzing and comparing data. We need to stay focused and get ready for a fight during qualifying, because we’re all close at the top. Our goal is to fight for pole position, or the first two rows at least.”


Viñales didn’t lose too much ground to end the day in fifth after a more difficult FP1 down the timesheets, with Marquez down in P6 as he looks to take his third win in a row.


Maverick Vinales – P5

“In the afternoon I improved my riding. Just by riding the bike, and by trying to make myself smaller around the whole track, is where I found some time, but still the bike is very difficult, it’s so nervous. I couldn’t ride really well. We need to keep working and try to be better tomorrow. I’m struggling everywhere, so we need to improve and work in a good way if we want to fight for the race. Getting a first or second row for tomorrow will be very important. It’s such a long track, so you need to start at the front.”

Marc Marquez – P6

“Today we worked just with the tyres for the race. I am still a little bit sick from yesterday and also the bike wasn’t 100% either, hopefully a good night’s rest will help us both to be back at 100% tomorrow! Even like this we aren’t far and we just need to keep pushing tomorrow. It’s Friday and we didn’t put a new tyre in at the end so we are still feeling good.”

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Marc Marquez

Alex Rins (Team Suzuki Ecstar) is pushing to recover from a tougher French GP, was seventh quickest on Friday, ahead of LCR Honda Castrol’s Cal Crutchlow in eighth.

Jack Miller (Pramac Racing) took P9 after a late crash for the Australian that dropped him out of the running for the front row.


Jack Miller – P9

“I was going very fast in the time attack but I found some riders who were slowing down and I crashed. I am still very satisfied because the feeling is extremely positive and the race pace is good. Tomorrow I will give my best in FP3 to qualify directly to Q2. I’m confident.”


Italian Franco Morbidelli (Petronas Yamaha SRT) completed the top ten and list of provisional automatic graduates to Q2.


Andrea Dovizioso – P11

“All in all, we’re actually not that far. I still haven’t found the best feeling with my Desmosedici GP, even though we’re quite competitive in terms of race pace. During FP2 we tried and compared two quite different setups, both with positives and negatives, so now we need to be smart putting together all the data to find the best possible compromise. As we were expecting, compared with recent years, there are more fast riders who can fight at the top and some of our advantages perhaps are not that obvious anymore, but we’ve just started and I’m confident that working methodically, as we always do, we’ll be in the mix both during qualifying and the race.”


So who’s missing? Dovizioso is in P11 so not far off, with Johann Zarco (Red Bull KTM Factory Racing) just behind him despite a big off for the Frenchman.

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Johann Zarco

Aliens Valentino Rossi is P18 and Jorge Lorenzo P20 after Day 1, and the two have a combined total of 13 premier class wins at Mugello.


Valentino Rossi – P18

“It was a difficult day, I expected to be more competitive, but already from this morning I wasn’t very fast. I wasn’t feeling very well, and I wasn’t able to ride in a very good way. In fact, my position is quite bad, so we have to improve. This afternoon we tried the hard tyres, but the pace isn’t fantastic. We need to improve in other areas than just top speed, because the other Yamahas are quite fast.”

Jorge Lorenzo – P20

“Of course we can’t be happy with 20th, it’s not a good position to be in. But today at the end of FP2 everyone fitted the soft and I stayed working with the harder tyre because I feel we will be able to profit more tomorrow morning. My pace is not so far from everyone else but we still need to improve our one lap pace a bit. I think we could have been top ten with a new tyre. Tomorrow we will see.”


FP3 will be pivotal for both Lorenzo and Rossi, but there’s no need to panic just yet: with good weather forecast it should provide a thrilling time-attack from the whole grid and they’re sure to play a part on Saturday morning.

PosRiderFP1FP2Gap
1F.Bagnaia1’48.5321’46.7320.000
2F.Quartararo1’47.8111’46.7780.046
3D.Petrucci1’47.7511’46.8630.131
4P.Espargaro1’48.0011’46.9660.234
5M.Viñales1’48.3921’46.9730.241
6M.Marquez1’47.5581’47.0620.330
7A.Rins1’48.2291’47.1670.435
8C.Crutchlow1’48.1091’47.1700.438
9J.Miller1’47.8141’47.1850.453
10F.Morbidelli1’48.4211’47.2680.536
11A.Dovizioso1’48.2141’47.3470.615
12J.Zarco1’48.9601’47.4190.687
13M.Pirro1’47.8041’47.4210.689
14T.Nakagami1’47.9251’47.4830.751
15J.Mir1’48.8971’47.5790.847
16A.Espargaro1’47.8121’47.6120.880
17T.Rabat1’49.2161’47.6860.954
18V.Rossi1’48.3561’47.7260.994
19A.Iannone1’48.3671’47.8871.155
20J.Lorenzo1’48.5501’48.1141.382
21K.Abraham1’48.4271’48.1461.414
22H.Syahrin1’49.8571’48.4961.764
23M.Oliveira1’49.8701’48.9142.182

Moto2

Sky Racing Team VR46’s Luca Marini concluded the opening day of the Gran Premio d’Italia Oakley as the man to beat in Moto2, leading FP1 and following it up by going fastest in FP2. It was close, however, with Tom Lüthi (Dynavolt Intact GP) just 0.008 seconds off by the end of play. 2017 winner Mattia Pasini (Petronas Sprinta Racing), replacing the injured Khairul Idham Pawi, made it two Italians inside the top three as he ended Friday in third.

Lüthi’s teammate Marcel Schrötter was back at the sharp end under the sunny Tuscan skies on Day 1 too, with both Dynavolt Intact GP riders finding a big improvement from FP1. Nicolo Bulega (Sky Racing Team VR46) rounded out the top five and was top rookie on home turf, making it a top first day for the team as neither Marini nor Bulega have finished inside the top five so far this season so far.

MB Conveyors Speed Up’s Jorge Navarro was P6 and just over half a second adrift of Marini, and he was the first non-Kalex rider once again, although closely followed by the Red Bull KTM Ajo of rookie Jorge Martin after a solid opening day from the Spaniard.

Alex Marquez (EG 0,0 Marc VDS), meanwhile, was the only man in the field not to improve on his FP1 time and as a result slipped to eighth overall. The French GP winner crashed out at Turn 1 halfway through the session and was unhurt but as a result ended the session two tenths off of his best lap from the morning.

Italtrans Racing Team’s Enea Bastianini was ninth quickest ahead of fellow Italian rookie Fabio Di Giannantonio (MB Conveyors Speed Up) after a top day for the debutants – four of them were in the top ten – with veteran Simone Corsi (Tasca Racing Scuderia Moto2) in 11th as he looks to repeat his Le Mans pace on homesoil.

Ahead of FP3 on Saturday, the provisional remaining places in Q2 are heading to Remy Gardner (ONEXOX TKKR SAG Team), Brad Binder (Red Bull KTM Ajo) and Sam Lowes (Federal Oil Gresini Moto2), with Championship leader Lorenzo Baldassarri in 18th after Day 1. He is, however, only 0.902 behind Marini and made a pretty good comeback after a tougher Friday in Jerez…

Red Bull KTM Tech 3’s Marco Bezzecchi, meanwhile, was the source of some drama as he crashed out at Turn 5 but, despite a trip to the medical centre, he was thankfully declared fit for his home round and will be back out on track for FP3.

PosRiderFP1FP2Gap
1L.Marini1’52.5141’51.9860.00
2T.Luthi1’52.8351’51.9940.008
3M.Pasini1’52.8631’52.1730.187
4M.Schrotter   Ger1’53.2411’52.4470.461
5N.Bulega1’53.5311’52.5240.538
6J.Navarro1’52.9261’52.5410.555
7J.Martin1’53.2001’52.5480.562
8A.Marquez1’52.5551’52.7060.569
9E.Bastianini1’53.8341’52.5680.582
10F.Di Giannanto   Ita1’52.7931’52.6170.631
11S.Corsi1’53.3311’52.6310.645
12R.Gardner1’53.1781’52.6530.667
13B.Binder1’53.3841’52.7090.723
14S.Lowes1’53.3861’52.7150.729
15T.Nagashima1’53.1821’52.7210.735
16X.Vierge1’53.7001’52.7820.796
17A.Locatelli1’53.2181’52.8700.884
18L.Baldassarri   Ita1’53.7571’52.8880.902
19I.Lecuona1’53.7011’53.0081.022
20A.Fernandez    Spa1’53.7771’53.0381.052
21B.Bendsneyde  Ned1’53.5491’53.1561.170
22S.Manzi1’54.4721’53.3421.356
23L.Tulovic1’54.7281’53.5781.592
24D.Aegerter1’54.2601’53.6181.632
25S.Odendaal1’54.0441’53.6681.682
26M.Bezzecchi1’54.4701’53.7051.719
27P.Oettl1’54.3101’53.9201.934
28J.Roberts1’54.6001’54.4712.485
29J.Dixon1’56.3971’55.1863.200
30D.Ekky Pratam  Ina1’57.9671’55.5493.563
31X.Cardelus1’57.8351’56.8114.825
32T.Nagoe1’59.7461’56.8794.893

Moto3

SIC58 Squadra Corse’s Tatsuki Suzuki took top Moto3 honours on Day 1 at the Gran Premio d’Italia Oakley, putting in a 1:57.467 in FP2 to fend off a superstar Friday from Italian wildcard Kevin Zannoni (RGR TM Official Team). Second Italian Tony Arbolino (VNE Snipers) completes the top three at Mugello – all within an incredible half a tenth – with Niccolo Antonelli (SIC58 Squadra Corse) on the chase in P4, just 0.073 off the top and after topping FP1.

Beautiful sunny skies met the grid on Friday and the timesheets in Moto3 made for a spectacle in themselves: Suzuki’s fastest lap was 1.6 seconds quicker than he went in the morning, Zannoni two seconds faster and Arbolino over a second – with many of the big improvers leaving it late. The likes of Antonelli also shaved a good chunk off their laptimes in the afternoon but he was a consistent presence in the top echelons, as was John McPhee (Petronas Sprinta Racing) as he ended the day fifth overall.

Another close trio followed from P6 to P8, with Gabriel Rodrigo (Kömmerling Gresini Moto3), Ayumu Sasaki (Petronas Sprinta Racing) and Marcos Ramirez (Leopard Racing) locked within just over half a tenth. Rodrigo was also second in FP1, but Sasaki and Ramirez both made huge improvements in both laptime and position by the end of play in FP2.

Italian veteran Romano Fenati (VNE Snipers), who won the race in 2014, was ninth fastest and just over three tenths off Suzuki, with Darryn Binder (CIP – Green Power) completing the top ten in a solid opening day for the South African.

Some names looking for more on Saturday will be Championship leader Aron Canet (Sterilgarda Max Racing Team) down in P12, key rival Lorenzo Dalla Porta (Leopard Racing) in P14 and Qatar winner Kaito Toba (Honda Team Asia), who ended Day 1 in a difficult P23.

It’s the fastest 14 on the combined times after FP3 who’ll go straight through to Qualifying 2, has Friday decided it or will we see a Saturday morning shuffle?

PosRiderFP1FP2Gap
1T.Suzuki1’59.0671’57.4670.000
2K.Zannoni1’59.9341’57.5060.039
3T.Arbolino1’59.0261’57.5140.047
4N.Antonelli1’58.1881’57.5400.073
5J.Mcphee1’58.3601’57.6480.181
6G.Rodrigo1’58.3241’57.6910.224
7A.Sasaki1’59.5641’57.7090.242
8M.Ramirez1’59.2641’57.7510.284
9R.Fenati1’59.2461’57.7940.327
10D.Binder2’00.3991’57.8700.403
11A.Lopez1’58.9871’57.8800.413
12A.Canet1’58.6871’58.0770.610
13S.Garcia1’59.2331’58.0830.616
14L.Dalla Porta   Ita1’58.6081’58.1270.660
15R.Fernandez1’59.7661’58.2380.771
16C.Vietti1’59.9291’58.2680.801
17M.Yurchenko1’59.5481’58.4420.975
18J.Kornfeil1’59.1901’58.4480.981
19D.Foggia1’59.5111’58.4971.030
20R.Rossi1’59.2241’58.5241.057
21K.Masaki1’59.8371’58.6411.174
22F.Salac1’59.8591’58.8351.368
23K.Toba1’59.3561’58.8531.386
24C.Oncu1’58.8601’58.9261.393
25A.Arenas1’58.9281’59.4231.461
26G.Salim2’00.0451’59.0151.548
27A.Migno2’00.3851’59.1391.672
28J.Masia1’59.1781’59.1951.711
29R.Yamanaka1’59.3461’59.2741.807
30V.Perez1’59.8282’01.1372.361
31T.Booth-Amos2’04.0802’00.2372.770

World Championship Standings

MotoGP World Championship Standings

Pos.RiderBikePoints
1Marc MarquezHonda95
2Andrea DoviziosoDucati87
3Alex RinsSuzuki75
4Valentino RossiYamaha72
5Danilo PetrucciDucati57
6Jack MillerDucati42
7Cal CrutchlowHonda34
8Franco MorbidelliYamaha34
9Pol EspargaroKTM31
10Maverick ViñalesYamaha30
11Takaaki NakagamiHonda29
12Fabio QuartararoYamaha25
13Aleix EspargaroAprilia22
14Jorge LorenzoHonda16
15Johann ZarcoKTM10
16Francesco BagnaiaDucati9
17Joan MirSuzuki8
18Miguel OliveiraKTM8
19Stefan BradlHonda6
20Andrea IannoneAprilia6
21Hafizh SyahrinKTM2
22Tito RabatDucati2
23Karel AbrahamDucati0
24Bradley SmithAprilia0

Moto2 World Championship Standings

Pos.RiderBikePoints
1Lorenzo BaldassarriKalex75
2Thomas LuthiKalex68
3Jorge NavarroSpeed Up64
4Alex MarquezKalex61
5Marcel SchrotterKalex56
6Augusto FernandezKalex43
7Remy GardnerKalex38
8Brad BinderKTM38
9Luca MariniKalex38
10Enea BastianiniKalex35
11Xavi ViergeKalex27
12Iker LecuonaKTM26
13Tetsuta NagashimaKalex22
14Sam LowesKalex19
15Andrea LocatelliKalex16
16Mattia PasiniKalex13
17Nicolo BulegaKalex13
18Fabio Di GiannantonioSpeed Up13
19Simone CorsiKalex8
20Somkiat ChantraKalex6
21Bo BendsneyderNTS5
22Dominique AegerterMV Agusta5
23Khairul Idham PawiKalex3
24Jesko RaffinNTS3
25Joe RobertsKTM2
26Jorge MartinKTM2
27Stefano ManziMV Agusta1
28Lukas TulovicKTM0
29Marco BezzecchiKTM0
30Jake DixonKTM0
31Philipp OettlKTM0
32Steven OdendaalNTS0
33Xavi CardelusKTM0
34Gabriele RuiuMV Agusta0
35Dimas Ekky PratamaKalex0

Moto3 World Championship Standings

Pos.RiderBikePoints
1Aron CanetKTM74
2Lorenzo Dalla PortaHonda60
3Niccolò AntonelliHonda57
4Kaito TobaHonda51
5Jaume MasiaKTM49
6Celestino ViettiKTM45
7Andrea MignoKTM40
8Gabriel RodrigoHonda37
9John McpheeHonda34
10Darryn BinderKTM26
11Tony ArbolinoHonda26
12Albert ArenasKTM26
13Raul FernandezKTM25
14Marcos RamirezHonda24
15Tatsuki SuzukiHonda23
16Jakub KornfeilKTM22
17Ai OguraHonda17
18Ayumu SasakiHonda14
19Dennis FoggiaKTM14
20Alonso LopezHonda14
21Kazuki MasakiKTM11
22Romano FenatiHonda7
23Makar YurchenkoKTM3
24Filip SalacKTM1
25Can OncuKTM0
26Vicente PerezKTM0
27Tom Booth-AmosKTM0
28Sergio GarciaHonda0
29Stefano NepaKTM0
30Aleix ViuKTM0
31Ryusei YamanakaHonda0
32Riccardo RossiHonda0
33Meikon KawakamiKTM0
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2235MotoGPQ2
2305Moto2Q1
2330Moto2Q2
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