Brno MotoGP: Dovizioso leads Vinales in warm-up

Andrea Dovizioso topped the final warm-up ahead of Sunday's MotoGP Czech Grand Prix by 0.037 seconds from Maverick Vinales.

Brno MotoGP: Dovizioso leads Vinales in warm-up

During the first dry session at Brno since Friday's second practice, most riders went out on the soft rear tyre to evaluate it as a race option. 

Suzuki's Joan Mir set the early pace with a 1m57.958s, though was quickly beaten by the Petronas SRT Yamaha of Fabio Quartararo by three tenths of a second. 

Quartararo's teammate Franco Morbidelli improved by a further two tenths to a 1m57.488s to depose the Frenchman.

His stint at the top of the timesheets was brief, however, as Dovizioso guided his Ducati to a 1m57.052s with 11 minutes remaining.

One of only two riders running the medium rear – along with Alex Rins on the second Suzuki – Dovizioso switched to the hard option for his second run. He used this to establish that new benchmark of 1m57.052s, which stood unopposed through to the chequered flag.

Vinales did threaten that time at the start of his final run, but the lap went away from him and ended up 0.037s adrift in second.

Jack Miller, who will start the race from second on the Pramac Ducati, completed the top three from 2016 Brno race winner Cal Crutchlow (LCR Honda) and Quartararo. 

Poleman Marc Marquez was 0.349s down on Dovizioso in sixth, leading Mir and Morbidelli, with Rins and Aprilia's Aleix Espargaro rounding out the top 10. 

Avintia's Tito Rabat was the only other rider along with Dovizioso to sample the hard rear tyre, and was 12th in the end ahead of works Ducati counterpart Danilo Petrucci.

Valentino Rossi was 0.831s off the pace in 19th after a low-key warm-up on the works Yamaha, while Johann Zarco – set to start third on the KTM – was 2.1s adrift of Dovizioso in 23rd.

Session results:

Cla # Rider Bike Time Gap
1 4 Italy Andrea Dovizioso
Ducati 1'57.052
2 12 Spain Maverick Viñales
Yamaha 1'57.089 0.037
3 43 Australia Jack Miller
Ducati 1'57.119 0.067
4 35 United Kingdom Cal Crutchlow
Honda 1'57.312 0.260
5 20 France Fabio Quartararo
Yamaha 1'57.385 0.333
6 93 Spain Marc Marquez
Honda 1'57.401 0.349
7 36 Spain Joan Mir
Suzuki 1'57.428 0.376
8 21 Italy Franco Morbidelli
Yamaha 1'57.488 0.436
9 42 Spain Alex Rins
Suzuki 1'57.490 0.438
10 41 Spain Aleix Espargaro
Aprilia 1'57.504 0.452
11 30 Japan Takaaki Nakagami
Honda 1'57.528 0.476
12 53 Spain Tito Rabat
Ducati 1'57.531 0.479
13 9 Italy Danilo Petrucci
Ducati 1'57.555 0.503
14 44 Spain Pol Espargaro
KTM 1'57.582 0.530
15 88 Portugal Miguel Oliveira
KTM 1'57.631 0.579
16 6 Germany Stefan Bradl
Honda 1'57.750 0.698
17 17 Czech Republic Karel Abraham
Ducati 1'57.774 0.722
18 63 Italy Francesco Bagnaia
Ducati 1'57.834 0.782
19 46 Italy Valentino Rossi
Yamaha 1'57.883 0.831
20 50 France Sylvain Guintoli
Suzuki 1'58.176 1.124
21 29 Italy Andrea Iannone
Aprilia 1'58.183 1.131
22 55 Malaysia Hafizh Syahrin
KTM 1'58.904 1.852
23 5 France Johann Zarco
KTM 1'59.215 2.163
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