Marc Marquez was willing to place it on the line to post the fastest time in FP1, held in wet conditions, at Aragon, with Repsol Honda team-mate Dani Pedrosa second.

A light but incessant shower arrived minutes before the weekend’s first MotoGP session, meaning the second and third sectors of the 3.1-mile track were particularly treacherous, and the track was all-but-empty for this opening 15 minutes.

With dry conditions forecasted for Saturday and Sunday, few riders were willing to risk it early on. Marquez’s quickest lap some 16 seconds off the official circuit record. The joint championship leader’s advantage come the chequered flag was a little under half a second.

Johann Zarco se the third quickest time, but attention was very much on his fellow Yamaha colleague Valentino Rossi, who made his return to MotoGP just 22 days after suffering a double break to his right leg.

Rossi was as high as tenth at one point before slipping to 18th overall in the closing minutes. The 38-year old put in eight laps in the first session of his injury return.


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I see Rossi was testing the waters in FP1.  I wager that he will take it easy through the FP's and try to qualify "okay".  He'll push as much as he can in the race itself.

The numbers alone don't look great; but Vale was ony 1 postion down from Maverics FP1 time and he's at full fitness; so he was doing a hell of a good job even with his broken leg. Glad he made it through incident free and still feels good. Hope he can keep the pace up during a dry session.