Dovizioso leads FP1 in San Marino

Andrea Dovizioso narrowly edged the rest of the field in the first free practice session as the MotoGP circus stops of in San Marino for the weekend.

The Ducati rider lead a resurgent Cal Crutchlow and Maverick Vinales in a hotly contested session under the Italian sun, where under a second covered the top 14 riders.

Dovizioso lead in the early stages of Friday’s opening session, but was bumped off the top by Vinales then riders’ championship leader Marc Marquez.



Jorge Lorenzo then joined the party and topped the timesheet with seven minutes to go, cuing a flurry of hot laps. A consistent Dovizioso notched up back-to-back 1m32.6s laps to unseat Lorenzo and end up a tenth ahead of Crutchlow.

Vinales would settle for third, just 0.03 seconds behind the Brit, followed by Lorenzo and Andrea Iannone who rounded out the top five. Marquez would slip to 13th, while rival Valentino Rossi was 15th fastest.

FP1 results:

1 Andrea Dovizioso Ducati 20 1’32.608
2 Cal Crutchlow Honda 20 1’32.709 0.101
3 Maverick Viñales Yamaha 24 1’32.739 0.131
4 Jorge Lorenzo Ducati 19 1’32.807 0.199
5 Andrea Iannone Suzuki 21 1’32.923 0.315
6 Jack Miller Ducati 19 1’33.193 0.585
7 Dani Pedrosa Honda 21 1’33.209 0.601
8 Johann Zarco Yamaha 20 1’33.241 0.633
9 Danilo Petrucci Ducati 21 1’33.255 0.647
10 Franco Morbidelli Honda 18 1’33.304 0.696
11 Scott Redding Aprilia 18 1’33.322 0.714
12 Alvaro Bautista Ducati 22 1’33.404 0.796
13 Marc Marquez Honda 22 1’33.406 0.798
14 Alex Rins Suzuki 20 1’33.607 0.999
15 Valentino Rossi Yamaha 20 1’33.615 1.007
16 Michele Pirro Ducati 20 1’33.696 1.088
17 Takaaki Nakagami Honda 21 1’33.843 1.235
18 Bradley Smith KTM 20 1’34.286 1.678
19 Aleix Espargaro Aprilia 19 1’34.544 1.936
20 Stefan Bradl Honda 20 1’34.584 1.976
21 Pol Espargaro KTM 18 1’34.614 2.006
22 Thomas Luthi Honda 21 1’34.801 2.193
23 Xavier Simeon Ducati 18 1’34.967 2.359
24 Karel Abraham Ducati 17 1’35.077 2.469
25 Hafizh Syahrin Yamaha 20 1’35.529 2.921
26 Christophe Ponsson Ducati 22 1’40.038 7.430

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