Monster Energy Honda Team's Kevin Benavides lead the way as a brief five-kilometre prologue kicked off the action, KTM's Toby Price was second with Paulo Goncalves third.
With the mandatory administrative and technical scrutineering behind them, riders moved on to the curtain-raising event and then the short prologue.
The top fifteen finishers get to choose their starting positions for tomorrow‰Ûªs first full stage. Over the course of the day competitors will have to tackle some 206.71 kilometres of special stage.
"I felt good and confident on the bike and I was quick in this short five-kilometre prologue," Benavides said. "I think it is important, as it‰Ûªs always good to start any race well. Let's see how tomorrow's first stage plays out."