Jorge Lorenzo denies Hector Barbera Jerez MotoGP practice top spot

Yamaha's Jorge Lorenzo led the first European practice session of the 2016 MotoGP season at Jerez

Jorge Lorenzo denies Hector Barbera Jerez MotoGP practice top spot

The three-time champion has dominated off-track headlines all week, after confirming he will switch to Ducati in 2017, and followed that up on track in Friday's first practice session.

Lorenzo was relatively anonymous during most of the 45-minute session, sitting in fourth place, more than half a second off the pace with five minutes remaining.

However after halving that gap, he went to the top with a time of 1m40.270s with just over two minutes to go.

That was good enough to lead Avintia Ducati rider Hector Barbera by 0.257 seconds.

Barbera shone on his satellite machine, topping the timesheets on several occasions including before Lorenzo's lap to snatch top spot, and his time of 1m40.527s was 0.853s faster than either factory Ducati rider managed.

Valentino Rossi also spent time at the top and finished third, 0.406s off Lorenzo's pace, while Honda's Dani Pedrosa and Marc Marquez were fourth and fifth.

Marquez's bike appeared to suffer a mechanical problem when he attempted a practice start after the chequered flag.

Suzuki duo Maverick Vinales and Aleix Espargaro were next, ahead of Aspar Ducati's Yonny Hernandez and Andrea Dovizioso, the lead factory Ducati in ninth.

Cal Crutchlow completed the top 10, ahead of Andrea Iannone.

Continuing to stand in for the injured Danilo Petrucci, Michele Pirro was 19th for Pramac Ducati, with Jack Miller - returning after missing Austin - 21st and last.

PRACTICE ONE TIMES

Pos Rider Team Bike Time Gap Laps
1 Jorge Lorenzo Yamaha Yamaha 1m40.270s - 16
2 Hector Barbera Avintia Ducati Ducati 1m40.527s 0.257s 18
3 Valentino Rossi Yamaha Yamaha 1m40.676s 0.406s 21
4 Dani Pedrosa Honda Honda 1m40.823s 0.553s 19
5 Marc Marquez Honda Honda 1m40.838s 0.568s 20
6 Maverick Vinales Suzuki Suzuki 1m40.925s 0.655s 21
7 Aleix Espargaro Suzuki Suzuki 1m40.995s 0.725s 18
8 Yonny Hernandez Aspar Ducati Ducati 1m41.208s 0.938s 18
9 Andrea Dovizioso Ducati Ducati 1m41.380s 1.110s 16
10 Cal Crutchlow LCR Honda Honda 1m41.466s 1.196s 19
11 Andrea Iannone Ducati Ducati 1m41.648s 1.378s 18
12 Pol Espargaro Tech3 Yamaha Yamaha 1m41.815s 1.545s 19
13 Loris Baz Avintia Ducati Ducati 1m41.947s 1.677s 16
14 Scott Redding Pramac Ducati Ducati 1m42.029s 1.759s 18
15 Stefan Bradl Aprilia Aprilia 1m42.132s 1.862s 18
16 Alvaro Bautista Aprilia Aprilia 1m42.140s 1.870s 17
17 Eugene Laverty Aspar Ducati Ducati 1m42.210s 1.940s 18
18 Bradley Smith Tech3 Yamaha Yamaha 1m42.279s 2.009s 20
19 Michele Pirro Pramac Ducati Ducati 1m42.576s 2.306s 19
20 Tito Rabat Marc VDS Honda Honda 1m43.050s 2.780s 22
21 Jack Miller Marc VDS Honda Honda 1m43.130s 2.860s 16


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