First blood to Pramac’s Petrucci

Danilo Petrucci set the pace in Friday's first practice for the Dutch TT, a session that was red flag when Andrea Dovizioso's stricken Ducati dropped oil on the track.

It was a cloudy but dry start of the MotoGP riders at the Assen circuit on Friday but didn't prevent the many issues that seemed to befall the riders early on.

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Jonas Folger was an earlier crash while Jack Miller's session got off to a slow start due to a technical issue and Dovizioso's Ducati suffered an engine issue.

That dropped oil on the track which caught out his team-mate Jorge Lorenzo who went down on his out-lap, prompting race control to red flag the session while the track was cleaned.

Back underway Marc Marquez hit the front with a 1:35.526 with Alvaro Bautista slotting into second place, 0.002s down.

Johann Zarco was the next to hold down P1, a 1:35.504 for the Monster Yamaha Tech 3 rider, before Maverick Vinales pipped him. The benchmark time was down to 1:35.263 with 15 minutes remaining in the session.

The final few minutes saw a flurry of activity with the times tumbling. FP1 ended with Petrucci quickest with a 1:34.680. However, there was late drama for the Octo Pramac Racing rider as his session ended with smoke pouring from his Ducati.

Zarco was second, 0.126s down, ahead of Cal Crutchlow, Dovizioso, Valentino Rossi and Andrea Iannone.

Times
1 Danilo PETRUCCI    ITA    OCTO Pramac Racing 1'34.680    
2 Johann ZARCO    FRA    Monster Yamaha Tech 3 1'34.806    0.126 / 0.126
3 Cal CRUTCHLOW    GBR    LCR Honda 1'34.822    0.142 / 0.016
4 Andrea DOVIZIOSO    ITA    Ducati Team 1'34.829    0.149 / 0.007
5 Valentino ROSSI    ITA    Movistar Yamaha MotoGP 1'34.841    0.161 / 0.012
6 Andrea IANNONE    ITA    Team SUZUKI ECSTAR 1'34.914    0.234 / 0.073
7 Dani PEDROSA    SPA    Repsol Honda Team 1'34.936    0.256 / 0.022
8 Jonas FOLGER    GER    Monster Yamaha Tech 3 1'35.052    0.372 / 0.116
9 Jorge LORENZO    SPA    Ducati Team 1'35.155    0.475 / 0.103
10 Karel ABRAHAM    CZE    Pull&Bear Aspar Team 1'35.183    0.503 / 0.028
11 Jack MILLER    AUS    EG 0,0 Marc VDS    1'35.193    0.513 / 0.010
12 Maverick VIÑALES    SPA    Movistar Yamaha MotoGP    1'35.263    0.583 / 0.070
13 Marc MARQUEZ    SPA    Repsol Honda Team 1'35.282    0.602 / 0.019
14 Scott REDDING    GBR    OCTO Pramac Racing 1'35.381    0.701 / 0.099
15 Alvaro BAUTISTA    SPA    Pull&Bear Aspar Team 1'35.528    0.848 / 0.147
16 Pol ESPARGARO    SPA    Red Bull KTM Factory Racing 1'35.562    0.882 / 0.034
17 Aleix ESPARGARO    SPA    Aprilia Racing Team Gresini 1'35.722    1.042 / 0.160
18 Alex RINS    SPA    Team SUZUKI ECSTAR 1'35.877    1.197 / 0.155
19 Sam LOWES    GBR    Aprilia Racing Team Gresini 1'35.898    1.218 / 0.021
20 Hector BARBERA    SPA    Reale Avintia Racing 1'35.916    1.236 / 0.018
21 Tito RABAT    SPA    EG 0,0 Marc VDS 1'36.404    1.724 / 0.488
22 Loris BAZ    FRA    Reale Avintia Racing 1'36.819    2.139 / 0.415
23 Bradley SMITH    GBR    Red Bull KTM Factory Racing 1'37.603    2.923 / 0.784

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