Dovizioso quickest at Mugello

Andrea Dovizioso topped the timesheets as MotoGP returned to action at the Mugello circuit on Friday while Valentino Rossi, recovering from last Sunday’s motocross crash, was P15.

On a scorching hot Friday morning at Mugello where the riders ran Michelin's stiffer front tyre design, Ducati test rider and wildcard entrant Michele Pirro set the early pace with a 1:48.244.

That put him 0.640s up on Cal Crutchlow, who is sporting a right wrist bandage for an undisclosed injury, while Danilo Petrucci was third.

Jonas Folger, with a new Yamaha Tech 3 deal for 2018 in the bag, was the next to slide into P1; a 1:47.974 for the German rider.

Maverick Vinales overhauled him, the benchmark down to a 1:47.669, while Andrea Dovizioso improved to second place. 

The Ducati rider continued to find some pace around the Mugello circuit, hitting the front with a 1:47.394.

That stood as the time to beat for FP1 with Pirro making a late improvement to take second off Vinales.

Johann Zarco was fourth ahead of Hector Barbera, Jorge Lorenzo, who had a technical issue early in the session, Petrucci and Folger.

Marc Marquez was ninth while Valentino Rossi, declared fit to race despite suffering chest injuries in a MotoCross crash, was P15. His best time was 1.119s slower than session leader Dovizioso.

1 Andrea DOVIZIOSO    ITA    Ducati Team 1'47.394    
2 Michele PIRRO    ITA    Ducati Team 1'47.595    0.201
3 Maverick VIÑALES    SPA    Movistar Yamaha MotoGP 1'47.669    0.275 
4 Johann ZARCO    FRA    Monster Yamaha Tech 3 1'47.674    0.280
5 Hector BARBERA    SPA    Reale Avintia Racing 1'47.708    0.314
6 Jorge LORENZO    SPA    Ducati Team 1'47.747    0.353
7 Danilo PETRUCCI    ITA    OCTO Pramac Racing 1'47.962    0.568
8 Jonas FOLGER    GER    Monster Yamaha Tech 3 1'47.974    0.580
9 Marc MARQUEZ    SPA    Repsol Honda Team 1'47.980    0.586
10 Cal CRUTCHLOW    GBR    LCR Honda 1'48.194    0.800 
11 Andrea IANNONE    ITA    Team SUZUKI ECSTAR 1'48.274    0.880 
12 Alvaro BAUTISTA    SPA    Pull&Bear Aspar Team 1'48.289    0.895 
13 Dani PEDROSA    SPA    Repsol Honda Team 1'48.291    0.897 
14 Aleix ESPARGARO    SPA    Aprilia Racing Team Gresini 1'48.394    1.000 
15 Valentino ROSSI    ITA    Movistar Yamaha MotoGP 1'48.513    1.119
16 Scott REDDING    GBR    OCTO Pramac Racing 1'48.743    1.349
17 Jack MILLER    AUS    EG 0,0 Marc VDS 1'49.119    1.725 
18 Tito RABAT    SPA    EG 0,0 Marc VDS 1'49.123    1.729 
19 Loris BAZ    FRA    Reale Avintia Racing 1'49.526    2.132 
20 Pol ESPARGARO    SPA    Red Bull KTM Factory Racing 1'49.677    2.283 
21 Sam LOWES    GBR    Aprilia Racing Team Gresini 1'49.679    2.285
22 Karel ABRAHAM    CZE    Pull&Bear Aspar Team 1'49.754    2.360
23 Bradley SMITH    GBR    Red Bull KTM Factory Racing 1'50.686    3.292
24 Sylvain GUINTOLI    FRA    Team SUZUKI ECSTAR 1'50.996    3.602