Dovizioso leads tight Czech GP MotoGP FP1

Ducati rider Andrea Dovizioso topped MotoGP Czech Grand Prix FP1, but Marc Marquez, Maverick Vinales and Miguel Oliveira all finished less than a tenth of a second behind

Dovizioso leads tight Czech GP MotoGP FP1

Marquez was the leader for nearly all the session, the Honda rider and championship leader having set a time of 1m56.948 early on to go close to half a second clear of the field.

The rest of the field could close the gap only in the last couple of minutes, with Yamaha's Vinales coming up just short in second as he demoted Suzuki test rider Sylvain Guintoli with a 1m56.948s.

Last year's Brno race winner Dovizioso set the timing screens alight on his final attempt and produced a 1m56.919s to finally depose Marquez from top spot by the slender margin of 0.029s.

Vinales was a close third, while Tech 3 KTM rider Oliveira grabbed an impressive fourth, just 0.099s slower than pacesetter Dovizioso.

Suzuki wildcard Guintoli was shuffled back to a still-impressive fifth in just his second appearance of the year, although he was nearly half a second off the pace.

Pramac Ducati's Jack Miller was second for most of the session, but didn't improve in the latter stages and dropped to sixth, followed by Oliveira's Tech 3 teammate Hafizh Syahrin.

The top 10 was completed by Franco Morbidelli (Petronas SRT Yamaha), Suzuki's Alex Rins and Valentino Rossi on the Yamaha.

Francesco Bagnaia was the only rider to crash, the Pramac rider going down at Turn 13 late on. He ended up 12th at the chequered flag ahead of Danilo Petrucci on the second of the works Ducati.

Fabio Quartararo on the sister SRT bike was a lowly 18th, while Jorge Lorenzo's replacement at Honda Stefan Bradl and Johann Zarco (KTM) rounded out the order in 22nd and 23rd.

Pos Rider Team Bike Time Gap Laps
1 Andrea Dovizioso Ducati Ducati 1m56.919s - 17
2 Marc Marquez Honda Honda 1m56.948s 0.029s 18
3 Maverick Vinales Yamaha Yamaha 1m56.982s 0.063s 18
4 Miguel Oliveira Tech3 KTM KTM 1m57.018s 0.099s 17
5 Sylvain Guintoli Suzuki Suzuki 1m57.371s 0.452s 16
6 Jack Miller Pramac Ducati Ducati 1m57.385s 0.466s 15
7 Hafizh Syahrin Tech3 KTM KTM 1m57.726s 0.807s 16
8 Franco Morbidelli Petronas Yamaha Yamaha 1m57.763s 0.844s 17
9 Alex Rins Suzuki Suzuki 1m57.809s 0.890s 18
10 Valentino Rossi Yamaha Yamaha 1m57.827s 0.908s 18
11 Pol Espargaro KTM KTM 1m57.834s 0.915s 14
12 Francesco Bagnaia Pramac Ducati Ducati 1m57.950s 1.031s 14
13 Danilo Petrucci Ducati Ducati 1m57.961s 1.042s 17
14 Tito Rabat Avintia Ducati Ducati 1m58.029s 1.110s 17
15 Cal Crutchlow LCR Honda Honda 1m58.033s 1.114s 16
16 Aleix Espargaro Aprilia Aprilia 1m58.052s 1.133s 14
17 Takaaki Nakagami LCR Honda Honda 1m58.101s 1.182s 16
18 Fabio Quartararo Petronas Yamaha Yamaha 1m58.246s 1.327s 19
19 Karel Abraham Avintia Ducati Ducati 1m58.287s 1.368s 16
20 Andrea Iannone Aprilia Aprilia 1m58.371s 1.452s 16
21 Joan Mir Suzuki Suzuki 1m58.500s 1.581s 15
22 Stefan Bradl Honda Honda 1m58.968s 2.049s 17
23 Johann Zarco KTM KTM 1m59.028s 2.109s 16

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