Vinales Sets Friday Morning Pace in Argentina

Maverick Vinales (Photo Credit: Movistar Yamaha)

Maverick Vinales picked up in Argentina where he had left off in Qatar by setting the pace in first practice at the Termas de Rio Hondo circuit. The championship leader didn’t have a trouble-free session by any means but ultimately ended the morning on top ahead of Pramac Ducati’s Danilo Petrucci.

Vinales was among the pacesetters right from the start of FP1 but the Spaniard caused a few nervous moments in the Movistar Yamaha pit box with a moment at the final corner fifteen minutes in. As the YZR-M1 snapped out of control, Vinales appeared to have sustained damage to his wrist but it later transpired that the only inconvenience was the airbag activating inside his leathers.

Pre-race favourite Marc Marquez was also encountering problems, the world champion losing the front end of his Honda at turn two, forcing him to complete the session on his number two bike. By this point, Vinales was back out on track and he rapidly improved his benchmark time to finish the session on a 1:40.356, two tenths clear of Petrucci.

The rookie pairing at Monster Yamaha Tech 3 continues to impress with Johann Zarco and Jonas Folger finishing third and fourth respectively, just ahead of Karel Abraham who climbed to a lofty fifth with a late charge. Andrea Iannone was sixth for Suzuki, edging out former team-mate Andrea Dovizioso while Hector Barbera, Jack Miller and Alvaro Bautista rounded out the top ten.

After his crash, Marquez dropped to eleventh while Jorge Lorenzo and Valentino Rossi made quiet starts, ending fifteenth and sixteenth.

2017 Gran Premio Motul de la Republica Argentina: Free Practice 1 Classification

PosRiderConstructorTeamBest Time
125. Maverick VinalesYamahaMovistar Yamaha MotoGP1:40.356
29. Danilo PetrucciDucatiOCTO Pramac Racing1:40.562
35. Johann ZarcoYamahaMonster Yamaha Tech 31:40.574
494. Jonas FolgerYamahaMonster Yamaha Tech 31:40.660
517. Karel AbrahamDucatiPull & Bear Aspar Team1:40.678
629. Andrea IannoneSuzukiTeam SUZUKI ECSTAR1:40.701
74. Andrea DoviziosoDucatiDucati Team1:40.716
88. Hector BarberaDucatiReale Avintia Racing1:40.853
943. Jack MillerHondaEG 0,0 Marc VDS1:40.867
1019. Alvaro BautistaDucatiPull & Bear Aspar Team1:40.936
1193. Marc MarquezHondaRepsol Honda Team1:40.958
1241. Aleix EspargaroApriliaAprilia Racing Team Gresini1:40.982
1345. Scott ReddingDucatiOCTO Pramac Racing1:41.062
1435. Cal CrutchlowHondaLCR Honda1:41.073
1599. Jorge LorenzoDucatiDucati Team1:41.128
1646. Valentino RossiYamahaMovistar Yamaha MotoGP1:41.311
1742. Alex RinsSuzukiTeam SUZUKI ECSTAR1:41.694
1853. Tito RabatHondaEG 0,0 Marc VDS1:41.703
1926. Dani PedrosaHondaRepsol Honda Team1:41.781
2044. Pol EspargaroKTMRed Bull KTM Factory Racing1:41.829
2176. Loris BazDucatiReale Avintia Racing1:41.867
2238. Bradley SmithKTMRed Bull KTM Factory Racing1:42.224
2322. Sam LowesApriliaAprilia Racing Team Gresini1:42.237