Jerez MotoGP testing: Petrucci leads Ducati 1-2 on first day

New factory Ducati MotoGP rider Danilo Petrucci set the pace on the penultimate day of 2018 testing at Jerez ahead of team-mate Andrea Dovizioso

Jerez MotoGP testing: Petrucci leads Ducati 1-2 on first day

Petrucci leapt to the top of the timesheets at the start of the final hour of running, becoming the first and only rider on the day to break the 1m38s barrier with a best time of 1m37.968s.

Not long after, LCR Honda's Takaaki Nakagami went second-fastest on a 1m38.348s, although he was demoted to third in the closing stages by Dovizioso, who ended up 0.217 seconds behind Petrucci on a 1m38.185s.

Dovizioso also suffered a crash at Turn 5 in the final hour.

Maverick Vinales, who was quickest on both days of last week's Valencia test, was the best-placed Yamaha rider in fourth, four tenths off the pace, followed by Marc Marquez on the first of the works Hondas.

Marquez's new team-mate Jorge Lorenzo enjoyed a brief spell at the head of the times on his livery-less Honda, and ended the day seventh fastest behind Franco Morbidelli's Petronas Yamaha.

Jack Miller (Pramac Ducati), Ducati stand-in test rider Alvaro Bautista and Suzuki's Joan Mir completed the top 10.

Mir caused the day's only red flag when he suffered a major off at Turn 7. He was taken to the medical centre for checks, but did not suffer any significant injuries.

Andrea Iannone was another rider to take a tumble, the new Aprilia rider doing so at Turn 5. He was 11th-fastest.

Heading KTM's efforts was Pol Espargaro in 15th place - two places ahead of Valentino Rossi, whose Yamaha suffered a technical problem that caused him to stop on track, costing him vital running.

Johann Zarco's low-key start to life at KTM continued as he finished the day in 19th, one place behind Aprilia tester Bradley Smith - the man he replaces at the Austrian manufacturer.

Of the other test riders, Sylvain Guintoli was 22nd fastest for Suzuki, while Matteo Baiocco, standing in for the unwell Aleix Espargaro at Aprilia, propped up the order in 24th.

Stefan Bradl was due to take part in the test with the Honda test team but instead completed his work on Monday, sharing the track with the World Superbike field, and sat out Wednesday's running.

Wednesday test times

Pos Driver Team Bike Time Gap Laps
1 Danilo Petrucci Ducati Ducati 1m37.968s - 53
2 Andrea Dovizioso Ducati Ducati 1m38.185s 0.217s 53
3 Takaaki Nakagami LCR Honda Honda 1m38.348s 0.380s 67
4 Maverick Vinales Yamaha Yamaha 1m38.376s 0.408s 58
5 Marc Marquez Honda Honda 1m38.517s 0.549s 50
6 Franco Morbidelli Petronas Yamaha Yamaha 1m38.659s 0.691s 70
7 Jorge Lorenzo Honda Honda 1m38.749s 0.781s 56
8 Jack Miller Pramac Ducati Ducati 1m38.816s 0.848s 72
9 Alvaro Bautista Ducati Ducati 1m38.830s 0.862s 64
10 Joan Mir Suzuki Suzuki 1m38.956s 0.988s 52
11 Andrea Iannone Aprilia Aprilia 1m39.008s 1.040s 24
12 Tito Rabat Avintia Ducati Ducati 1m39.097s 1.129s 53
13 Alex Rins Suzuki Suzuki 1m39.150s 1.182s 87
14 Francesco Bagnaia Pramac Ducati Ducati 1m39.157s 1.189s 51
15 Pol Espargaro KTM KTM 1m39.241s 1.273s 58
16 Fabio Quartararo Petronas Yamaha Yamaha 1m39.414s 1.446s 59
17 Valentino Rossi Yamaha Yamaha 1m39.564s 1.596s 50
18 Bradley Smith Aprilia Aprilia 1m40.174s 2.206s 69
19 Johann Zarco KTM KTM 1m40.192s 2.224s 56
20 Karel Abraham Avintia Ducati Ducati 1m40.438s 2.470s 43
21 Hafizh Syahrin Tech3 KTM KTM 1m40.630s 2.662s 51
22 Sylvain Guintoli Suzuki Suzuki 1m40.743s 2.775s 48
23 Miguel Oliveira Tech3 KTM KTM 1m41.699s 3.731s 61
24 Matteo Baiocco Aprilia Aprilia 1m42.766s 4.798s 49


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