Ducati's Andrea Dovizioso leads first MotoGP practice in Argentina

Ducati's Andrea Dovizioso pipped Honda's Marc Marquez to lead the way in the first practice session for the second round of the MotoGP season in Argentina

Ducati's Andrea Dovizioso leads first MotoGP practice in Argentina

On a dirty Termas de Rio Hondo circuit hosting proper Michelin running for the first time, laptimes were slow but improved gradually.

With 15 minutes to go, Jack Miller's 1m44.744s was more than four seconds off the pace set by Suzuki's Aleix Espargaro in the corresponding session 12 months earlier.

Miller later improved to a 1m44.244s, but his time at the top ended with three minutes remaining, when Marquez banked his 1.43.778s.

It looked set to be enough to lead the way, until Dovizioso recorded a time of 1m43.684s after the chequered flag had been shown.

Dovizioso's effort was 0.094 seconds up on Marquez, while Aspar Ducati satellite rider Yonny Hernandez also improved at the end to take third.

Suzuki's Maverick Vinales and Espargaro finished fourth and fifth, while Valentino Rossi jumped up to sixth in the closing stages.

Rossi sat out the first 20 minutes of running, and spent most of the session in the mid-teens.

Dani Pedrosa was seventh, while Miller ended up eighth, as Brits Bradley Smith and Scott Redding completed the top 10.

Qatar winner Jorge Lorenzo had a quiet start to the weekend, finishing 12th.

In the session's only incident, Pol Espargaro lost the front end of his Tech3 Yamaha at Turn 7 with 11 minutes remaining, and wound up 17th.

Set to replace injured Pramac Ducati rider Danilo Petrucci, Michele Pirro missed the session.

Pirro is currently travelling to Argentina following a Ducati test at Valencia, and his weekend will start with FP3 on Saturday morning.

PRACTICE ONE RESULTS:

Pos Rider Team Time Gap Laps
1 Andrea Dovizioso Ducati 1m43.684s - 14
2 Marc Marquez Honda 1m43.778s 0.094s 16
3 Yonny Hernandez Aspar Ducati 1m44.027s 0.343s 16
4 Maverick Vinales Suzuki 1m44.113s 0.429s 17
5 Aleix Espargaro Suzuki 1m44.128s 0.444s 16
6 Valentino Rossi Yamaha 1m44.181s 0.497s 13
7 Dani Pedrosa Honda 1m44.231s 0.547s 14
8 Jack Miller Marc VDS Honda 1m44.244s 0.560s 20
9 Bradley Smith Tech3 Yamaha 1m44.275s 0.591s 16
10 Scott Redding Pramac Ducati 1m44.293s 0.609s 19
11 Hector Barbera Avintia Ducati 1m44.455s 0.771s 17
12 Jorge Lorenzo Yamaha 1m44.742s 1.058s 13
13 Loris Baz Avintia Ducati 1m45.080s 1.396s 18
14 Eugene Laverty Aspar Ducati 1m45.294s 1.610s 15
15 Alvaro Bautista Aprilia 1m45.447s 1.763s 17
16 Stefan Bradl Aprilia 1m45.519s 1.835s 18
17 Pol Espargaro Tech3 Yamaha 1m45.590s 1.906s 18
18 Andrea Iannone Ducati 1m45.792s 2.108s 17
19 Tito Rabat Marc VDS Honda 1m45.876s 2.192s 22
20 Cal Crutchlow LCR Honda 1m46.086s 2.402s 11


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