San Marino MotoGP, Free Practice Results | Vinales stuns to top times on Aprilia

Maverick Vinales makes the most of his and Aprilia's intimate knowledge of the Misano circuit to set the Friday pace on his second outing aboard the RS-GP

Maverick Vinales - Aprilia Racing

Maverick Vinales has ended the opening day of free practice action for the San Marino MotoGP at Misano with the quickest time in only his second outing aboard the RS-GP.

The ex-Yamaha rider made his much anticipated Aprilia debut last time out at Aragon and enjoyed a modest return to action, finishing 18th out of the 20 finishers.

However, the combination of him having conducted his first-ever test on the RS-GP at Misano last month and Aprilia’s intimate knowledge of the venue as the only team able to test freely without restriction, meant Vinales was straight up to speed in FP1.

His best lap of 1m 32.666s might have been pressured in FP2 had rain not descended on the Adriatic coast, meaning the morning lap times stood to the end of the day.

Behind Vinales, Joan Mir was an encouraging second fastest, the Spaniard no doubt looking to snatch the headlines with a run to the podium like he did 12 months ago, while talk of the town Pecco Bagnaia - winner last time out at Aragon - was third best.

Jack Miller followed up in fourth from the under pressure Alex Rins on the second Suzuki and Pol Espargaro, while championship leader Fabio Quartararo was the best of the Yamaha contingent in seventh from wild-card Stefan Bradl in eighth, Marc Marquez in ninth and Aleix Espargaro on the second Aprilia in tenth.

Elsewhere, the wet FP2 session saw Johann Zarco set the fastest time, albeit 20secs down on the morning runners, while Franco Morbidelli made his debut in ‘blue’ of the Factory Yamaha team in 16th as he returns from a knee injury, while Andrea Dovizioso brought up the rear in 24th on the Petronas SRT Yamaha.

2021 San Marino MotoGP | Misano | Free Practice Results [FP1 + FP2]

2021 San Marino MotoGP | Misano | Free Practice Results [FP1 + FP2] | Round 14 / 19
PosRiderNat.MotoGP TeamMotoGP BikeTiming
1Maverick VinalesESPAprilia Racing Team GresiniAprilia RS-GP1m 32.666
2Joan MirESPTeam Suzuki EcstarSuzuki GSX-RR1m 32.746
3Francesco BagnaiaITADucati Lenovo TeamDucati GP211m 32.801
4Jack MillerAUSDucati Lenovo TeamDucati GP211m 32.859
5Alex RinsESPTeam Suzuki EcstarSuzuki GSX-RR1m 32.885
6Pol EspargaroESPRepsol Honda TeamHonda RC213V1m 33.019
7Fabio QuartararoFRAMonster Energy Yamaha Yamaha YZF-M11m 33.024
8Stefan BradlGERRepsol Honda TeamHonda RC213V1m 33.047
9Marc MarquezESPRepsol Honda TeamHonda RC213V1m 33.100
10Aleix EspargaroESPAprilia Racing Team GresiniAprilia RS-GP1m 33.102
11Johann ZarcoFRAPramac RacingDucati GP211m 33.143
12Enea BastianiniITAAvintia EsponsoramaDucati GP191m 33.314
13Takaaki NakagamiJPNLCR Honda IdemitsuHonda RC213V1m 33.409
14Jorge MartinESPPramac RacingDucati GP211m 33.451
15Michele PirroITADucati Lenovo TeamDucati GP211m 33.482
16Franco MorbidelliITAMonster Energy Yamaha Yamaha YZF-M11m 33.570
17Iker LecuonaESPTech3 KTM Factory RacingKTM RC161m 33.710
18Alex MarquezESPLCR Honda CastrolHonda RC213V1m 33.766
19Valentino RossiITAPetronas Yamaha SRTYamaha YZF-M11m 33.791
20Danilo PetrucciITATech3 KTM Factory RacingKTM RC161m 33.950
21Brad BinderRSARed Bull KTM Factory RacingKTM RC161m 34.022
22Miguel OliveiraPORRed Bull KTM Factory RacingKTM RC161m 34.026
23Luca MariniITASky VR46 EsponsoramaDucati GP191m 34.037
24Andrea DoviziosoITAPetronas Yamaha SRTYamaha YZF-M11m 35.211