Dovizioso sets the pace at the Sachsenring

Friday's first practice for the German MotoGP belonged to Andrea Dovizioso as the Ducati rider edged Maverick Vinales by 0.038s.

On a cold but dry morning at the resurfaced Sachsenring, the MotoGP riders got down to an extended first practice session.

Marc Marquez set the early pace with a 1:22.265 on board his Honda while Valentino Rossi slotted into second place.

While Marquez's time stood fast, Rossi began to drop down the order, not helped by a technical issue that forced him to stop at Turn 5.

He returned to the pits for his second bike while Cal Crutchlow moved up into second place, 0.235s behind Marquez.

The reigning champ was overhauled by Andrea Dovizioso with 20 minutes remaining in the session, a 1:22.175 for the Ducati rider.

With riders swapping to the softer option rear, Maverick Vinales hit the front before he was pipped by Dovizioso with a 1:21.599. 

The put him quickest of all in FP1, 0.038s up on Vinales while Dani Pedrosa put in a late improvement to finish third.

Aleix Espargaro was fourth ahead of Alvaro Bautista and Marquez.

A rather quiet saw just three crashes with Andrea Iannone down at Turn 11, Tito Rabat falling at Turn 8 and Scott Redding crashing in the final minute.

Times
1    4    Andrea DOVIZIOSO    ITA    Ducati Team 1'21.599    
2    25    Maverick VIÑALES    SPA    Movistar Yamaha MotoGP 1'21.637    0.038
3    26    Dani PEDROSA    SPA    Repsol Honda Team 1'21.789    0.190
4    41    Aleix ESPARGARO    SPA    Aprilia Racing Team Gresini 1'21.832    0.233 
5    19    Alvaro BAUTISTA    SPA    Pull&Bear Aspar Team 1'21.840    0.241 
6    93    Marc MARQUEZ    SPA    Repsol Honda Team 1'21.898    0.299 
7    5    Johann ZARCO    FRA    Monster Yamaha Tech 3 1'21.973    0.374 
8    9    Danilo PETRUCCI    ITA    OCTO Pramac Racing 1'21.992    0.393 
9    43    Jack MILLER    AUS    EG 0,0 Marc VDS 1'22.068    0.469 
10    45    Scott REDDING    GBR    OCTO Pramac Racing 1'22.075    0.476 
11    94    Jonas FOLGER    GER    Monster Yamaha Tech 3 1'22.175    0.576
12    99    Jorge LORENZO    SPA    Ducati Team 1'22.209    0.610 
13    35    Cal CRUTCHLOW    GBR    LCR Honda 1'22.240    0.641
14    8    Hector BARBERA    SPA    Reale Avintia Racing 1'22.336    0.737
15    22    Sam LOWES    GBR    Aprilia Racing Team Gresini 1'22.465    0.866
16    46    Valentino ROSSI    ITA    Movistar Yamaha MotoGP 1'22.535    0.936
17    44    Pol ESPARGARO    SPA    Red Bull KTM Factory Racing 1'22.593    0.994 
18    17    Karel ABRAHAM    CZE    Pull&Bear Aspar Team 1'22.612    1.013
19    42    Alex RINS    SPA    Team SUZUKI ECSTAR 1'22.642    1.043 
20    53    Tito RABAT    SPA    EG 0,0 Marc VDS 1'22.745    1.146 
21    38    Bradley SMITH    GBR    Red Bull KTM Factory Racing 1'22.888    1.289
22    76    Loris BAZ    FRA    Reale Avintia Racing 1'22.989    1.390
23    36    Mika KALLIO    FIN    Red Bull KTM Factory Racing 1'23.218    1.619 
24    29    Andrea IANNONE    ITA    Team SUZUKI ECSTAR 1'23.299    1.700

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