MotoGP
05 Mar
-
08 Mar
FP1 in
17 days
R
Thailand GP
19 Mar
-
22 Mar
Next event in
30 days
R
Americas GP
02 Apr
-
05 Apr
Next event in
44 days
R
Argentinian GP
16 Apr
-
19 Apr
Next event in
58 days
R
Spanish GP
30 Apr
-
03 May
Next event in
72 days
14 May
-
17 May
Next event in
86 days
R
Italian GP
28 May
-
31 May
Next event in
100 days
R
Catalan GP
04 Jun
-
07 Jun
Next event in
107 days
18 Jun
-
21 Jun
Next event in
121 days
25 Jun
-
28 Jun
Next event in
128 days
R
Finnish GP
09 Jul
-
12 Jul
Next event in
142 days
06 Aug
-
09 Aug
Next event in
170 days
R
Austrian GP
13 Aug
-
16 Aug
Next event in
177 days
R
British GP
27 Aug
-
30 Aug
Next event in
191 days
R
San Marino GP
10 Sep
-
13 Sep
Next event in
205 days
01 Oct
-
04 Oct
Next event in
226 days
R
Japanese GP
15 Oct
-
18 Oct
Next event in
240 days
R
Australian GP
23 Oct
-
25 Oct
Next event in
248 days
R
Malaysian GP
29 Oct
-
01 Nov
Next event in
254 days
R
Valencia GP
12 Nov
-
15 Nov
Next event in
268 days

Motegi MotoGP: Dovizioso leads Crutchlow in first practice

shares
comments
Motegi MotoGP: Dovizioso leads Crutchlow in first practice
By:
Oct 19, 2018, 1:55 AM

Andrea Dovizioso led the way in opening practice for MotoGP's Japanese Grand Prix, heading Cal Crutchlow by a little over a tenth of a second.

Ducati rider Dovizioso left it until the final five minutes of the 45-minute session to move atop the timesheets, posting a 1m45.738s lap to depose long-time leader and champion-elect Marc Marquez.

The Italian then lowered the bar to 1m45.358s, which Marquez couldn't match in the closing stages, the Honda man falling 0.140s short of Dovizioso on his last attempt.

LCR Honda rider Crutchlow slotted into second shortly after, besting Marquez by just 0.035s, while Johann Zarco demoted Marquez a further place aboard the Tech 3 Yamaha as the chequered flag fell.

Maverick Vinales was the best of the works Yamahas in fifth, 0.282s off the pace and four tenths clear of sixth-placed Andrea Iannone (Suzuki).

Satellite Ducati riders Alvaro Bautista (Nieto) and Jack Miller (Pramac) were next up, followed by the second works Yamaha of Valentino Rossi, who wound up 0.971s off the pace and 0.7s slower than Vinales.

Aleix Espargaro (Aprilia) edged out Dani Pedrosa (Honda) for the final place in the top 10.

Local hero Takaaki Nakagami was 13th quickest aboard the second LCR Honda, two places ahead of Yamaha wildcard Katsuyuki Nakasuga, who briefly headed the times in the early exchanges.

The other Motegi wildcard, Sylvain Guintoli, was 21st fastest on the third Suzuki, two places behind Alex Rins, who was nearly rear-ended by Marquez in the opening stages of the session.

Bautista crashed late in the session at Turn 1, while Franco Morbidelli (Marc VDS Honda) went down at Turn 10 early on.

Jorge Lorenzo completed just two laps on the second works Ducati before returning to the pits and withdrawing from the remainder of the weekend, still in pain from the injuries he suffered in Thailand.

It reduces the field to 25 bikes, with Nakasuga and Guintoli having originally bumped up the entry to 26.

First practice times:

Pos. # Rider Bike Time Gap
1 4 Italy Andrea Dovizioso  Ducati 1'45.358  
2 35 United Kingdom Cal Crutchlow  Honda 1'45.463 0.105
3 5 France Johann Zarco  Yamaha 1'45.483 0.125
4 93 Spain Marc Marquez  Honda 1'45.498 0.140
5 25 Spain Maverick Viñales  Yamaha 1'45.640 0.282
6 29 Italy Andrea Iannone  Suzuki 1'46.030 0.672
7 19 Spain Alvaro Bautista  Ducati 1'46.210 0.852
8 43 Australia Jack Miller  Ducati 1'46.265 0.907
9 46 Italy Valentino Rossi  Yamaha 1'46.329 0.971
10 41 Spain Aleix Espargaro  Aprilia 1'46.526 1.168
11 26 Spain Dani Pedrosa  Honda 1'46.568 1.210
12 45 United Kingdom Scott Redding  Aprilia 1'46.854 1.496
13 30 Japan Takaaki Nakagami  Honda 1'46.856 1.498
14 44 Spain Pol Espargaro  KTM 1'46.859 1.501
15 89 Japan Katsuyuki Nakasuga  Yamaha 1'46.872 1.514
16 10 Belgium Xavier Simeon  Ducati 1'46.998 1.640
17 9 Italy Danilo Petrucci  Ducati 1'47.054 1.696
18 38 United Kingdom Bradley Smith  KTM 1'47.137 1.779
19 42 Spain Alex Rins  Suzuki 1'47.187 1.829
20 21 Italy Franco Morbidelli  Honda 1'47.428 2.070
21 50 France Sylvain Guintoli  Suzuki 1'47.537 2.179
22 81 Spain Jordi Torres  Ducati 1'47.665 2.307
23 17 Czech Republic Karel Abraham  Ducati 1'47.716 2.358
24 55 Malaysia Hafizh Syahrin  Yamaha 1'47.726 2.368
25 12 Switzerland Thomas Luthi  Honda 1'47.833 2.475
Next article
Lorenzo withdraws from Motegi MotoGP round

Previous article

Lorenzo withdraws from Motegi MotoGP round

Next article

Suzuki gives Guintoli 2019 engine, aero for Motegi

Suzuki gives Guintoli 2019 engine, aero for Motegi
Load comments

About this article

Series MotoGP
Event Japanese GP
Author Jamie Klein