Nakagami starts fastest during Free Practice 1 for the Czech Republic MotoGP at Brno, the Japanese jumping to the top after a late time attack.

Mir also fitted new rubber, while KTM's Espargaro - fastest for almost the entire session - slipped to third after remaining on used tyres.

Binder briefly formed an 'orange' one-two behind team-mate Espargaro, but later lost the lap time, presumably for cutting a kerb.

Vinales suffered an early fall on entry to the final chicane, Miller saving a big front end slide of his own soon after.

Bagnaia fell at turn one late in the session and, although seen walking away, was taken for medical checks and then hospital scans.

Reigning MotoGP champion Marquez, who broke his right arm in the season-opening Jerez race on July 19, has withdrawn after undergoing a second round of surgery and is being replaced by HRC test rider Stefan Bradl.

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Czech Republic MotoGP - Free Practice (1) Results
PosRiderNatTeamTime/DiffLapMax
1Takaaki NakagamiJPNLCR Honda (RC213V)1'57.353s16/17310k
2Joan MirSPASuzuki Ecstar (GSX-RR)+0.011s16/17309k
3Pol EspargaroSPARed Bull KTM (RC16)+0.039s4/16313k
4Johann ZarcoFRAReale Avintia (GP19)+0.107s17/18309k
5Maverick ViñalesSPAMonster Yamaha (YZR-M1)+0.212s5/14308k
6Andrea DoviziosoITADucati Team (GP20)+0.279s8/16314k
7Danilo PetrucciITADucati Team (GP20)+0.285s9/13310k
8Valentino RossiITAMonster Yamaha (YZR-M1)+0.293s16/17306k
9Franco MorbidelliITAPetronas Yamaha (YZR-M1)+0.365s4/18306k
10Cal CrutchlowGBRLCR Honda (RC213V)+0.400s12/17312k
11Aleix EspargaroSPAAprilia Gresini (RS-GP)+0.436s11/14309k
12Alex RinsSPASuzuki Ecstar (GSX-RR)+0.470s5/14309k
13Fabio QuartararoFRAPetronas Yamaha (YZR-M1)+0.478s5/18307k
14Jack MillerAUSPramac Ducati (GP20)+0.483s13/15311k
15Francesco BagnaiaITAPramac Ducati (GP20)+0.486s5/14310k
16Brad BinderRSARed Bull KTM (RC16)*+0.660s7/17309k
17Miguel OliveiraPORRed Bull KTM Tech3 (RC16)+0.808s4/17309k
18Alex MarquezSPARepsol Honda (RC213V)*+1.226s12/18310k
19Tito RabatSPAReale Avintia (GP19)+1.375s11/15304k
20Bradley SmithGBRAprilia Test Rider (RS-GP)+1.464s5/14307k
21Iker LecuonaSPARed Bull KTM Tech3 (RC16)*+1.783s6/19307k
22Stefan BradlGERRepsol Honda (RC213V)+1.840s4/16309k

* Rookie.
Official Brno MotoGP records:
Best lap:
Marc Marquez SPA Honda 1m 54.596s (2016)
Fastest race lap:
Dani Pedrosa SPA Honda 1m 56.027s (2014)

By Peter McLaren

 

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