Nakagami leads the way from Morbidelli and Vinales during a fast opening practice for the second Valencia MotoGP event.

Mir starts the penultimate round with a 37-point lead over Rins and Quartararo, 41-point lead over Vinales and 45-point advantage over Morbidelli and Dovizioso.

Mir will be crowned world champion on Sunday if he has a title lead of at least 26-points.

Tech3 KTM's Iker Lecuona hopes to return on Saturday after being forced to miss last weekend's round and self-isolate due to a positive Covid test for his brother and assistant.

HRC test rider Bradl is replacing injured reigning world champion Marc Marquez, who won't return until 2021.

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Valencia MotoGP - Free Practice (1) Results
1Takaaki NakagamiJPNLCR Honda (RC213V)1'30.829s11/23323k
2Franco MorbidelliITAPetronas Yamaha (YZR-M1)+0.115s7/21318k
3Maverick ViñalesSPAMonster Yamaha (YZR-M1)+0.139s21/21323k
4Pol EspargaroSPARed Bull KTM (RC16)+0.223s6/20326k
5Aleix EspargaroSPAAprilia Gresini (RS-GP)+0.341s17/20321k
6Johann ZarcoFRAReale Avintia (GP19)+0.468s5/19324k
7Andrea DoviziosoITADucati Team (GP20)+0.581s12/17331k
8Joan MirSPASuzuki Ecstar (GSX-RR)+0.607s6/21320k
9Miguel OliveiraPORRed Bull KTM Tech3 (RC16)+0.657s18/19323k
10Stefan BradlGERRepsol Honda (RC213V)+0.685s21/23327k
11Alex RinsSPASuzuki Ecstar (GSX-RR)+0.699s11/21324k
12Jack MillerAUSPramac Ducati (GP20)+0.712s5/21332k
13Valentino RossiITAMonster Yamaha (YZR-M1)+0.716s12/24320k
14Cal CrutchlowGBRLCR Honda (RC213V)+0.743s18/20326k
15Alex MarquezSPARepsol Honda (RC213V)*+0.769s13/22324k
16Fabio QuartararoFRAPetronas Yamaha (YZR-M1)+0.788s6/22320k
17Brad BinderRSARed Bull KTM (RC16)*+0.849s20/22324k
18Danilo PetrucciITADucati Team (GP20)+0.976s7/22326k
19Francesco BagnaiaITAPramac Ducati (GP20)+0.999s13/20324k
20Tito RabatSPAReale Avintia (GP19)+1.369s24/25323k
21Lorenzo SavadoriITAAprilia Gresini (RS-GP)+1.943s20/22315k

* 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