FP1 wet wet wet giving Miller a chance to show his wet weather skills finishing out in first place.
Mir and Pol following behind in 2n an 3rd.
FP2 started on wet tires turning to a dry track with teams switching to slicks.
Bagnia topped it out with Aleix following behind in 2nd and Quartararo in third.
Aleix’s trackside team screwed the pooch and failed to remove the rear tire water spoiler when switching to slicks so his times were scratched.
Pol Espargaro still having rib pain from his crash in Germany has pulled out of the race.
FP3 was full on dry track with three fallers on the time attack bringing out three yellow flags at one time ( this rule should go away IMHO).
Aleix was one of the fallers but still managed too push out Quartararo for first place by .041 seconds. Quartararo did have a lap .002 sec. under Aleix but that lap was scratched due to a yellow flag.
Maverick finally showed he could fight with the big boys and finished third but was pushed down to seventh because of one of the three yellow flags.
Rins following up in fourth but moved to third because of Maverick’s beat down.
i saw a similar happenstance at deals gap. almost at the state line. i was hanging out waiting for zonhonker on the right hand side of the road just down from the tree of shame. now when one leaves the tree of shame area , its a down hill and a quick curve. this dude on a dualpurpose bike came down way too fast and couldn't make the curve. he hit the side of the road and come up over the bars. actually still hanging on to the bars , came up feet straight up in the air , and then flew summersault landing in a perfect head plant , landing off the road. i thought the guy had to have broken his neck. nope. his pal showed up , he got up, and they picked up the bike and they took off. i still cant believe i saw this happen. 20 years later and i am still laughing.