Misano MotoGP: Dovizioso leads practice, Marquez and Rossi midfield

Ducati's Andrea Dovizioso set the pace in the opening MotoGP practice session at Misano, as both Marc Marquez and Valentino Rossi were outside the top 10

Misano MotoGP: Dovizioso leads practice, Marquez and Rossi midfield

Dovizioso led in the early stages of the 45-minute session, but he was demoted by both the Yamaha of Maverick Vinales and Honda's Marquez at the halfway mark.

Marquez's top time of 1m33.406s was then smashed by Jorge Lorenzo with seven minutes remaining, the Ducati rider going eighth tenths of a second faster.

Lorenzo's lead was shortlived, with his team-mate Dovizioso moving ahead thanks to two consecutive 1m32.6s laps.

He topped the session by 0.101s from LCR Honda's Cal Crutchlow, the Briton edging Vinales out by three hundredths.

Lorenzo ended up fourth, followed by Suzuki's Andrea Iannone and Pramac Ducati rider Jack Miller, who crashed at Turn 1 as the chequered flag fell.

Dani Pedrosa was six tenths off the pace in seventh on the best of the works Hondas, ahead of Johann Zarco's Tech3 Yamaha and Danilo Petrucci's Pramac Ducati.

Marc VDS Honda rider Franco Morbidelli impressed in 10th as both Marquez and Rossi did not switch to a fresh soft rear tyre in the end of the session and ended up only 13th and 15th respectively.

Ducati wildcard Michele Pirro, making his first MotoGP outing since his horror crash at Mugello on board a fourth GP18, was 16th, while Honda tester Stefan Bradl was 20th-fastest.

Pol Espargaro, returning from the injuries he sustained last month at Brno, was 21st, four tenths slower than KTM team-mate Bradley Smith.

Xavier Simeon, riding the injured Tito Rabat's Avintia Ducati GP17, was 23rd, with his own replacement Christophe Ponsson ending the session last, 7.4s off the pace - missing the 107% cutoff by a full second.

Hafizh Syahrin had a crash at the long Turn 10 right-hander and was 25th, only ahead of Ponsson.

FP1 times

Pos Rider Team Bike Time Gap Laps
1 Andrea Dovizioso Ducati Ducati 1m32.608s - 20
2 Cal Crutchlow LCR Honda Honda 1m32.709s 0.101s 20
3 Maverick Vinales Yamaha Yamaha 1m32.739s 0.131s 24
4 Jorge Lorenzo Ducati Ducati 1m32.807s 0.199s 19
5 Andrea Iannone Suzuki Suzuki 1m32.923s 0.315s 21
6 Jack Miller Pramac Ducati Ducati 1m33.193s 0.585s 19
7 Dani Pedrosa Honda Honda 1m33.209s 0.601s 21
8 Johann Zarco Tech3 Yamaha Yamaha 1m33.241s 0.633s 20
9 Danilo Petrucci Pramac Ducati Ducati 1m33.255s 0.647s 21
10 Franco Morbidelli MVDS Honda Honda 1m33.304s 0.696s 18
11 Scott Redding Aprilia Aprilia 1m33.322s 0.714s 18
12 Alvaro Bautista Aspar Ducati Ducati 1m33.404s 0.796s 22
13 Marc Marquez Honda Honda 1m33.406s 0.798s 22
14 Alex Rins Suzuki Suzuki 1m33.607s 0.999s 20
15 Valentino Rossi Yamaha Yamaha 1m33.615s 1.007s 20
16 Michele Pirro Ducati Ducati 1m33.696s 1.088s 20
17 Takaaki Nakagami LCR Honda Honda 1m33.843s 1.235s 21
18 Bradley Smith KTM KTM 1m34.286s 1.678s 20
19 Aleix Espargaro Aprilia Aprilia 1m34.544s 1.936s 19
20 Stefan Bradl Honda Honda 1m34.584s 1.976s 20
21 Pol Espargaro KTM KTM 1m34.614s 2.006s 18
22 Thomas Luthi MVDS Honda Honda 1m34.801s 2.193s 21
23 Xavier Simeon Avintia Ducati Ducati 1m34.967s 2.359s 18
24 Karel Abraham Aspar Ducati Ducati 1m35.077s 2.469s 17
25 Hafizh Syahrin Tech3 Yamaha Yamaha 1m35.529s 2.921s 20
- Christophe Ponsson Avintia Ducati Ducati 1m40.038s 7.430s 22

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