The Spanish Maverick Viñales (Yamaha YZR M 1) made it clear at the end of the first day of free practice of the MotoGP Grand Prix of Aragon that he wants to dominate the weekend at Motorland Aragon, as he was the fastest in the two sessions that took place. disputed.
Viñales closed the first day of practice with a best time of 1: 47.771, just over a couple of tenths of a second faster than his most direct rival in the fight for the world title and current leader, the Frenchman Fabio Quartararo (Yamaha YZR M 1).
The most important news of the weekend came on Thursday afternoon, when the absence of Italian Valentino Rossi (Yamaha YZR M 1) was announced, who in the morning underwent a PCR test before traveling in his hometown of Urbino to Aragon, due to some muscular discomfort he had and that yielded a positive result that forced him to give up traveling to the two races in Aragon, as he will have to quarantine.
Thus, to the three consecutive "zeros" of the last rounds of the championship two weekends of absence will now be added, in the great prizes of Aragon and Teruel, for the Italian champion, who practically says goodbye to a season that is By far the worst of all he has played since he reached the premier class in 2000.
As happened in Moto3, the increase in temperatures greatly facilitated the work of both riders and mechanics to achieve greater performance of the motorcycles and this was quickly verified, since the Spanish Joan Mir (Suzuki GSX RR) took a long time very little to roll in 1: 48.688, which was more than a second faster than the record credited in the morning by Maverick Viñales (Yamaha YZR M 1), 1: 49.866.
With Mir leading almost from the first minutes, behind his initial wake were the Japanese Takaaki Nakagami (Honda RC 213 V), Maverick Viñales himself (Yamaha YZR M 1), and Italian Franco Morbidelli (Yamaha YZR M 1), who in the morning he had a crash without consequences, with the other Suzuki rider, Spaniard Alex Rins, in fifth place.
The increase in temperatures, both ambient and asphalt, came to give a hand to the Ducati riders, who in the morning were very blurred, but in the afternoon session, the Italian Andrea Dovizioso was seen much higher, ninth, when in the first free practice he could not pass a worrying seventeenth position.
In the last ten minutes the situation began to change hand in hand with the world leader, the Frenchman Fabio Quartararo, who set a series of fast laps, the last of them 1: 48.210, before entering his workshop and still more than a second and a half of the circuit record, which since 2015 has been held by the Spanish Marc Márquez (Repsol Honda RC 213 V) -winner of the last four major prizes held at Motorland Aragón-, with 1: 46.635.
Between Quartararo and Viñales a beautiful fight was established for the best time of the day that produced several changes of leader, since the record of the French was succeeded by a 1: 47.771 of the Spanish with which he reached the end of the session without any of his rivals could surpass him, although Fabio scratched a few tenths to his best record and took second with 1: 48.020.