Motegi MotoGP: Dovizioso leads Marquez in first practice

Andrea Dovizioso sent Ducati to the top of the time sheets in opening practice with his final flying lap of Twin-Ring Motegi to eclipse Marc Marquez by a quarter-second.

Motegi MotoGP: Dovizioso leads Marquez in first practice
Hector Barbera, Ducati Team
Hector Barbera, Ducati Team
Mike Jones, Avintia Racing
Jorge Lorenzo, Yamaha Factory Racing
Marc Marquez, Repsol Honda Team
Marc Marquez, Repsol Honda Team

The #04 Ducati Desmosedici GP16 lapped the course in 1min45.786sec to beat Honda’s championship favourite Marquez by 0.245 seconds.

Yamaha pair Jorge Lorenzo and Valentino Rossi were third and fourth, 0.395 and 0.436sec off top spot, ahead of last year’s winner, Dani Pedrosa on the second works Honda.

Maverick Vinales survived a couple of off-course excursions to put Suzuki sixth, just ahead of teammate Aleix Espargaro who also had a late off.

Cal Crutchlow went down toward the end of the session but put the LCR Honda eigthth, while Alvaro Bautista was an impressive ninth for Aprilia.

Hector Barbera, grabbing his first chance on a works Ducati, was 10th and just over a second off his pace-setting teammate. 

The man who replaced him this weekend on the Avintia Ducati, Australian Superbike champion Mike Jones, was predictably last, 4.4sec but only two places behind teammate Loris Baz, who ended his session in the sand.

The injured Bradley Smith appears well out of sorts on the Tech 3 Yamaha – 21st and 4.4sec behind his teammate Pol Espargaro.

First practice times:

Cla#DriverBikeTimeGap
1 4  Andrea Dovizioso  Ducati 1'45.786  
2 93  Marc Marquez  Honda 1'46.031 0.245
3 99  Jorge Lorenzo  Yamaha 1'46.181 0.395
4 46  Valentino Rossi  Yamaha 1'46.222 0.436
5 26  Dani Pedrosa  Honda 1'46.314 0.528
6 25  Maverick Viñales  Suzuki 1'46.349 0.563
7 41  Aleix Espargaro  Suzuki 1'46.406 0.620
8 35  Cal Crutchlow  Honda 1'46.590 0.804
9 19  Alvaro Bautista  Aprilia 1'46.721 0.935
10 8  Hector Barbera  Ducati 1'46.853 1.067
11 44  Pol Espargaro  Yamaha 1'46.998 1.212
12 9  Danilo Petrucci  Ducati 1'47.125 1.339
13 6  Stefan Bradl  Aprilia 1'47.426 1.640
14 45  Scott Redding  Ducati 1'47.641 1.855
15 68  Yonny Hernandez  Ducati 1'47.704 1.918
16 43  Jack Miller  Honda 1'47.777 1.991
17 50  Eugene Laverty  Ducati 1'47.988 2.202
18 21  Katsuyuki Nakasuga  Yamaha 1'48.058 2.272
19 53  Tito Rabat  Honda 1'48.409 2.623
20 76  Loris Baz  Ducati 1'48.914 3.128
21 38  Bradley Smith  Yamaha 1'51.415 5.629
22 7  Mike Jones  Ducati 1'53.191 7.687
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