Emilia Romagna MotoGP Practice Results | Miller quickest at sodden Misano

Jack Miller tops the MotoGP timesheets at a wet Misano as the Emilia Romagna MotoGP got underway at Misano; Fabio Quartararo only 16th

Jack Miller - Ducati Lenovo Team

Jack Miller topped the timesheets on the first day of a very sodden Emilia Romagna MotoGP at Misano as wet conditions led to Fabio Quartararo to play it safe well down the order.

Rain and slippery conditions hampered the riders during both sessions, though it was the afternoon outing that delivered the slightly faster times - just over ten seconds down on the pole-winning time from the San Marino MotoGP at the same circuit last month.

Indeed, there will be a number of riders hoping the rain stays away for the crucial FP3 session, where the likes of Quartararo, Marc Marquez and Joan Mir will want a dry track to improve their current positions outside the top ten.

Up top Miller was quickest for much of the afternoon, displacing Johann Zarco, who was quickest in FP1 despite a spill, while Aleix Espargaro was one of two Aprilias - out of three competing this weekend - inside the top ten, the Spaniard third with the returning Lorenzo Savadori in seventh.

With some big names down the order, lesser fancied runners featured towards the top with probable WorldSBK-bound Iker Lecuona in fourth on the Tech 3 KTM, ahead of Miguel Oliveira, who bounced back to some form in fifth following a slow recovery from a shoulder injury.

Luca Marini was sixth fastest, ahead of Savadori and Pecco Bagnaia, the Italian - who is bidding to keep the title race alive this weekend around the circuit he triumphed in September -  recovering well after a fall in FP1. Danilo Petrucci and Jorge Martin rounded out the top ten.

Quartararo comes into the 16th round of 18 with a comfortable 52 point margin over Bagnaia, meaning he will be crowned MotoGP World Champion for the first time this weekend if he finishes ahead of Bagnaia, or within two points of him.

2021 Emilia Romagna MotoGP | Misano | Free Practice RESULTS [FP1 + FP2 ]

2021 Emilia Romagna MotoGP | Misano | Free Practice RESULTS [FP1 + FP2 ] | Round 16 / 18
PosRiderNat.MotoGP TeamMotoGP BikeTiming
1Jack MillerAUSDucati Lenovo TeamDucati GP211m 41.305
2Johann ZarcoFRAPramac RacingDucati GP211m 42.232
3Aleix EspargaroESPAprilia Racing Team GresiniAprilia RS-GP1m 42.291
4Iker LecuonaESPTech3 KTM Factory RacingKTM RC161m 42.576
5Miguel OliveiraPORRed Bull KTM Factory RacingKTM RC161m 42.591
6Luca MariniITASky VR46 EsponsoramaDucati GP191m 42.601
7Lorenzo SavadoriITAAprilia Racing Team GresiniAprilia RS-GP1m 42.615
8Francesco BagnaiaITADucati Lenovo TeamDucati GP211m 42.669
9Danilo PetrucciITATech3 KTM Factory RacingKTM RC161m 42.775
10Jorge MartinESPPramac RacingDucati GP211m 42.809
11Joan MirESPTeam Suzuki EcstarSuzuki GSX-RR1m 42.842
12Enea BastianiniITAAvintia EsponsoramaDucati GP191m 42.842
13Alex MarquezESPLCR Honda CastrolHonda RC213V1m 42.879
14Marc MarquezESPRepsol Honda TeamHonda RC213V1m 42.883
15Alex RinsESPTeam Suzuki EcstarSuzuki GSX-RR1m 42.944
16Fabio QuartararoFRAMonster Energy Yamaha Yamaha YZF-M11m 43.097
17Brad BinderRSARed Bull KTM Factory RacingKTM RC161m 43.237
18Michele PirroITADucati Lenovo TeamDucati GP211m 43.413
19Pol EspargaroESPRepsol Honda TeamHonda RC213V1m 43.470
20Franco MorbidelliITAMonster Energy Yamaha Yamaha YZF-M11m 43.585
21Maverick VinalesESPAprilia Racing Team GresiniAprila RS-GP1m 43.679
22Valentino RossiITAPetronas Yamaha SRTYamaha YZF-M11m 43.789
23Takaaki NakagamiJPNLCR Honda IdemitsuHonda RC213V1m 44.075
24Andrea DoviziosoITAPetronas Yamaha SRTYamaha YZF-M11m 44.643