The Spaniard, who became a father this week, conquers the best time of the first session at Mugello
The first free practice session of the Italian GP at Mugello bears the signature of Maverick Viñales. The Spanish rider, who lapped in 1’46”593 on his Yamaha, conquers the best time of the morning on the Tuscan circuit in front of the Ducati of the Pramac team of Zarco and Suzuki’s Alex Rins. They finish in the top 10 Morbidelli (5°), Bagnaia (6°) e Pirro (7 °), while Valentino Rossi struggles and closes only in 17th place.
The first weekend as a dad starts in the best way for Maverick Viñales, who at Mugello celebrates the birth of his daughter Nina with the best time in the first free practice session. Still a long weekend for the Spaniard who, given the start, could be interesting. Riding his Yamaha M1 Vinales does everything well, making the most of the many curves of the Tuscan circuit, taking the lead in front of everyone at the end of the first 45 ‘of the Italian GP, which is back on the calendar after the forced sabbatical year due to Covid. -19.
He also confirms himself in splendid shape Johann Zarco, third in the general classification and author of the second best time of the morning. For the French driver, who is doing so much well in Pramac, a contract renewal now at a pace that seems deserved after the excellent start to the season with the team from Casole d’Elsa. An important performance, just 209 thousandths from the M1 of Viñales and with an advantage of one tenth from Suzuki of Kidneys who for a moment, during the session, had given his compatriot in Yamaha a hard time.
After his knee injury at Le Mans, Franco Morbidelli shows up at Mugello with the fifth time of the Free 1, a time trial that bodes well for the box of the Malaysian team which instead despairs, on the other hand, for the 17th time of Rossi. A Petronas with a double face, quick and agile in Morbidelli’s hands and another slower and more awkward with the “Doctor” who from the French GP seemed to have emerged from the crisis that hit him in the first races of the season. Rossi, as much as Morbidelli, will not be satisfied in the afternoon trying to conquer a better time trial to reach the top 10 and play for a place in Q2.
Well the first season in Pramac for Michele Pirro, who replaces the injured Jorge Martìn. For the Italian driver, who finished seventh behind Pecco Bagnaia (only 2 thousandths of a delay on Morbidelli and 593 on Viñales), good ideas to be given to the Ducati satellite team. Among the negatives of the morning there are the appearances of the Hondas, with Nakagami e Pol Espargarò best of the four (11th and 12th respectively) while the Marquez brothers are swallowed up in the abyss of latecomers: 16th time for Marc, more than a second and a half behind his compatriot Viñales, worse Alex who closes 19th in front of only Savadori, Bastianini e Lecuone.
MUGELLO, THE RESULTS OF THE FREE 1