Seven-time world MotoGP champion Valentino Rossi, who is fourth in the overall standings, just 10 points behind Marquez, could manage only 14th, more than a second off Dovizioso's time. We improved and I feel happy again on the bike, I'm riding really good. It's a track with lots of corners, all linked together, and I've got a lot of good memories here.
"Today's fresh temperature combined with the good conditions of the asphalt allowed us to easily make some very good lap times; we have been very competitive on race pace". Finishing third on a tough weekend is a good result.
"When I re-joined the race, honestly it was still too damp in some parts and I almost crashed during the first lap out", said Marquez afterwards.
The reigning champion looked in serious trouble right away as a outcome, as he slumped to 10th by the end of the second lap and came into the pits to change to his second bike, equipped with slicks.
With Honda engineers present, both Marquez and Dani Pedrosa tested the new frame. Rossi had started second on the grid.
Ducati's Lorenzo introduced a new fairing at Brno.
Vinales has won three of the six races so far this season in his debut year with Yamaha, but second place in Italy was enough to extend his championship lead to 26 points from Andrea Dovizioso.
The world champion took a dominant victory on Sunday after an inspired strategy call and was only pipped to the fastest time on Monday by a late flyer from Valentino Rossi.
Former racer and a close friend of Nieto, Jorge Martínez Salvadores, nicknamed "Aspar", led the ceremony, joined by the head of the company that organises the MotoGP World Championships, Carmelo Ezpeleta, and Federation of International Motorcycling president Vito Ippolito.
"We've reached the half-way point of the season and after a few days' vacation immediately after the German GP, I have been training hard the last three weeks to prepare for the second part of the championship".