Lorenzo quickest in FP1 at Jerez

Jorge Lorenzo was in fine form at his home circuit of Jerez as he set the pace on Friday morning, edging out Hector Barbera by a quarter of a second.

It was a sunny but cool start to the day as Lorenzo, sporting an aerodynamic addition to his helmet for his home race, hit the front at the Jerez circuit.

His reign was short-lived as Avintia Racing’s Barbera went quickest before Valentino Rossi came through.

The Italian posted a 1:40.677 to edge Barbera by 0.129s.

Marc Marquez slotted his Honda up into third place, relegating Lorenzo to fourth. Marquez trailed new winglets on his RC213V as he ran back-to-back aerodynamic tests.

With five minutes remaining in the 45-minute session, Barbera crossed the line with a 1:40.527 to pip Rossi by 0.150s.

However, the battle to finish P1 was by no means over as Lorenzo came charging through with a 1:40.270.

The reigning World Champion finished the session 0.257s up on Barbera while Rossi was 0.407s slower than his team-mate.

Dani Pedrosa put in a late charge to end the session fourth ahead of Marquez and the Suzuki pairing of Maverick Vinales and Aleix Espargaro.

Yonny Hernandez completed the top eight and was the last rider to get within a second of Lorenzo’s P1 time.

Jack Miller, who was back in action after withdrawing from the United States GP on the Friday due to a foot injury, finished slowest of all, 2.860s off the pace.

Times
1 Jorge LORENZO Movistar Yamaha MotoGP 1’40.270
2 Hector BARBERA Avintia Racing 1’40.527 0.257
3 Valentino ROSSI Movistar Yamaha MotoGP 1’40.676 0.406
4 Dani PEDROSA Repsol Honda Team 1’40.823 0.553
5 Marc MARQUEZ Repsol Honda Team 1’40.838 0.568
6 Maverick VIÑALES Team SUZUKI ECSTAR 1’40.925 0.655
7 Aleix ESPARGARO Team SUZUKI ECSTAR 1’40.995 0.725
8 Yonny HERNANDEZ Aspar Team MotoGP 1’41.208 0.938
9 Andrea DOVIZIOSO Ducati Team 1’41.380 1.110
10 Cal CRUTCHLOW LCR Honda 1’41.466 1.196
11 Andrea IANNONE Ducati Team 1’41.648 1.378
12 Pol ESPARGARO Monster Yamaha Tech 3 1’41.815 1.545
13 Loris BAZ Avintia Racing 1’41.947 1.677
14 Scott REDDING OCTO Pramac Yakhnich 1’42.029 1.759
15 Stefan BRADL Aprilia Racing Team Gresini 1’42.132 1.862
16 Alvaro BAUTISTA Aprilia Racing Team Gresini     1’42.140 1.870
17 Eugene LAVERTY Aspar Team MotoGP 1’42.210 1.940
18 Bradley SMITH Monster Yamaha Tech 3 1’42.279 2.009
19 Michele PIRRO OCTO Pramac Yakhnich 1’42.576 2.306
20 Tito RABAT Estrella Galicia 0,0 Marc VDS 1’43.050 2.780
21 Jack MILLER Estrella Galicia 0,0 Marc VDS 1’43.130 2.860

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