FP1 (Practice Conditions: Dry. Air 21°, Ground 32°)
P4 Jack Miller (1’24.360, +0.327 from P1)
Jack is really fast right from the start. In the last run the Australian rider tests the hard tyre and finishes just 3 tenths of a second from the fastest time of Dovizioso (set with the soft rear tyre).
P13 Francesco Bagnaia (1’24.996, +0.072 from Top 10, +0.963 from P1)
A convincing start for Pecco, who first becomes familiar with the circuit and then begins to push. The Italian finishes just one-tenth of a second from the hypothetical third row, going very fast, especially in T1 and T3.
FP2 (Practice Conditions: Dry. Air 29th, Ground 49th)
P5 Jack Miller (1’24.308, +0.392 from P1)
Jack’s race pace with the medium tyre is very interesting. In the time attack, however, the Australian can not find the right feeling with the front tire to be in a hypothetical front row. Miller ends the first day of activity with a solid P5 (P6 in the combined standings).
P13 Francesco Bagnaia (1’24.598, +0.180 from Top 10, +0.682 from P1)
Pecco is also strong on the race pace with used tyres. Like his team mate, however, the Italian can not take full advantage of the soft front tire in the time attack finishing however very close to the Top 10.
P13 – Pecco Bagnaia
“I am satisfied with this first day. Unfortunately we made the wrong choice of front tyre for the time attack and I wasn’t able to be in the Top 10 but I think that tomorrow in FP3 we will have all the credentials to qualify directly for Q2. The race pace is very positive. I have confidence”.
P6 – Jack Miller
“We got off to a very good start. We have worked a lot on the tyres trying all the solutions and the results have been very good. The race pace is strong and this is a good starting point. We’ll have to fix some details on the electronics to limit the wheelie but the sensations are very positive”.