Italian GP: Vinales tops FP1 leaderboard in Mugello

Maverick Vinales has ended the first session of the Italian GP on top of the timesheets for Yamaha in the Tuscan Hills at Mugello.

The first premier-class session of the day brought perfect conditions with blue skies over the Mugello track, although there is a threat of rain for Sunday’s race.

All riders headed out on track as the green flag was waved, being the first time MotoGP has visited Mugello since 2019 it was crucial for riders to get to grips with the track once more.

Vinales set a 1m46.593s lap to go quickest right at the end of FP1, the Spaniard will be hoping to back this up with a strong race come Sunday.

Johann Zarco ended FP1 0.209s off Vinales’ pace in second, ahead of the two Suzuki’s of Alex Rins and Joan Mir.

Franco Morbidelli had a good session finishing in fifth, 0.002s ahead of Ducati’s Pecco Bagnaia.

Ducati test rider Michele Pirro steps in to replace the injured Jorge Martin at Pramac this weekend, the Italian finished FP1 in a solid seventh place ahead of Fabio Quartararo.

Fresh from signing a deal to remain at Ducati in 2022, Jack Miller put a lap in good enough for ninth with Miguel Oliveira round out the top-ten.

Taka Nakagami finished as the fastest Honda rider in 11th, Pol Espargaro and Aleix Espargaro ended in 12th and 13th.

Brad Binder put his KTM in 14th, ahead of Luca Marini who is sporting a special livery this weekend on his VR46 Esponsorama bike.

Marc Marquez finished FP1 in 16th, 0.025s faster than Valentino Rossi, Danilo Petrucci put his Tech3 in 18th.

Alex Marquez and Lorenzo Savadori rounded off the top-20 riders in FP1.

Enea Bastianini put a lap in that could only put him 21st, with Iker Lecuona in 22nd and the final rider in FP1 of the Italian GP.