After two wet days, world championship leader Mir heads a dry morning warm-up for the European MotoGP at Valencia as riders and teams worked frantically to find a dry set-up and chose tyres for the race.

Mir, who had an altercation with Marquez earlier in the session, starts this afternoon's race with a 14-point lead over Quartararo.

Despite the chilly conditions, fourth in the championship Morbidelli set his best time on the hard rear tyre, while others had the medium or soft.

The top 14 riders were within 0.450s!

Rossi returned to action on Saturday morning after missing the last two Aragon rounds, plus Friday practice at Valencia, after contracting Covid-19. The Italian was replaced by GYT Yamaha WorldSBK rider Garrett Gerloff on Friday.

Team-mate Vinales, 19 points behind Mir, will start today's race from pit lane (5 seconds after the lights go out) after exceeding the five engines per season limit.

Binder will have a long lap penalty in the race for an opening-lap collision with Miller at Aragon.

Tech3 KTM's Iker Lecuona has been forced to withdraw from the event and self-isolate after a positive Covid test for his brother and assistant.

Bradley Smith, standing in for Andrea Iannone, has been replaced by fellow Aprilia test rider Lorenzo Savadori for the remaining events.

HRC test rider Bradl is again replacing injured reigning world champion Marc Marquez.

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European MotoGP, Valencia - Warm-up Results
PosRiderNatTeamTime/DiffLapMax (km/h)
1Joan MirSPASuzuki Ecstar (GSX-RR)1'32.251s13/13329k
2Aleix EspargaroSPAAprilia Gresini (RS-GP)+0.041s9/13323k
3Jack MillerAUSPramac Ducati (GP20)+0.100s11/13331k
4Takaaki NakagamiJPNLCR Honda (RC213V)+0.120s7/13321k
5Pol EspargaroSPARed Bull KTM (RC16)+0.187s13/13323k
6Alex MarquezSPARepsol Honda (RC213V)*+0.232s12/13323k
7Franco MorbidelliITAPetronas Yamaha (YZR-M1)+0.309s8/13318k
8Alex RinsSPASuzuki Ecstar (GSX-RR)+0.325s5/13321k
9Cal CrutchlowGBRLCR Honda (RC213V)+0.356s10/12324k
10Maverick ViñalesSPAMonster Yamaha (YZR-M1)+0.368s11/12321k
11Danilo PetrucciITADucati Team (GP20)+0.390s13/13324k
12Brad BinderRSARed Bull KTM (RC16)*+0.399s8/13323k
13Fabio QuartararoFRAPetronas Yamaha (YZR-M1)+0.435s9/13321k
14Francesco BagnaiaITAPramac Ducati (GP20)+0.450s11/13326k
15Miguel OliveiraPORRed Bull KTM Tech3 (RC16)+0.548s9/12320k
16Andrea DoviziosoITADucati Team (GP20)+0.552s10/12331k
17Johann ZarcoFRAReale Avintia (GP19)+0.614s13/13327k
18Stefan BradlGERRepsol Honda (RC213V)+0.766s11/13324k
19Valentino RossiITAMonster Yamaha (YZR-M1)+0.920s10/12317k
20Lorenzo SavadoriITAAprilia Gresini (RS-GP)+1.580s8/13315k
21Tito RabatSPAReale Avintia (GP19)+1.687s11/13324k

* Rookie.
Official Valencia MotoGP records:
Best lap:
Marc Marquez SPA Honda1m 31.116s (2019)
Fastest race lap:
Jorge Lorenzo SPA Yamaha1m 29.401s (2016)

By Peter McLaren