Race day began in perfect fashion for Aragon MotoGP pole sitter Francesco Bagnaia as he topped morning warm-up for Ducati.

Most of the riders headed out immediately, however, one of the pre-race favourites Marc Marquez chose to remain in pit lane. 

Two riders who endured disappointing qualifying sessions based on their representative pace throughout the weekend were Takaaki Nakagami and Alex Rins, but both riders looked impressive early on. 

Nakagami was over half a second clear of Rins before Aleix Espargaro went second - still four tenths down. 

Mir then reduced that gap to just over two tenths, while Marc Marquez eventually made his way onto the MotorLand Aragon circuit. 

Pole man Bagnaia was hovering around tenth place for much of the session before jumping up to fourth. The Italian then improved again to go fastest.

As was the case in qualifying, a stunning last sector saw Bagnaia pull back all the lap time needed. A deficit of nearly two tenths to Nakagami was then turned into a -0.030s advantage for Bagnaia. 

As has been the case far too often this season and again this weekend, Alex Marquez suffered a crash at turn seven. 

Enea Bastianini’s strong weekend continued in morning warm-up as he went third overall with five minutes to go - finished ninth in the end. 

Nakagami remained second overall with Mir in third, while Jack Miller was fourth on the second factory Ducati. Late improvements from Marquez saw him finish tenth fastest.