Motegi MotoGP: Andrea Dovizioso heads Cal Crutchlow in practice one

Ducati's Andrea Dovizioso led the way in opening practice for MotoGP's Japanese Grand Prix at Motegi, heading Cal Crutchlow by a little over a tenth of a second

Motegi MotoGP: Andrea Dovizioso heads Cal Crutchlow in practice one

Dovizioso left it until the final five minutes of the 45-minute session to move atop the timesheets, posting a 1m45.738s lap to depose long-time leader and champion-elect Marc Marquez.

The Italian then lowered the bar to 1m45.358s, which Marquez couldn't match in the closing stages - the Honda man falling 0.140s short of Dovizioso on his last attempt.

LCR Honda rider Crutchlow slotted into second shortly after, beating Marquez by just 0.035s, while Johann Zarco demoted Marquez a further place aboard the Tech3 Yamaha as the chequered flag fell.

Maverick Vinales was the best of the works Yamahas in fifth, 0.282s off the pace and four tenths clear of sixth-placed Andrea Iannone's Suzuki.

Satellite Ducati riders Alvaro Bautista (Nieto) and Jack Miller (Pramac) were next up, followed by the second works Yamaha of Valentino Rossi - who wound up 0.971s off the pace and 0.7s slower than team-mate Vinales.

Aleix Espargaro edged out Dani Pedrosa for the final place in the top 10.

Local hero Takaaki Nakagami was 13th quickest aboard the second LCR Honda, two places ahead of Yamaha wildcard Katsuyuki Nakasuga - who briefly headed the times early on.

The other Motegi wildcard, Sylvain Guintoli, was 21st fastest on the third Suzuki.

Guintoli was just two places behind team-mate Alex Rins, who was nearly rear-ended by Marquez in the opening stages of the session.

Jorge Lorenzo completed just two laps on the second works Ducati before returning to the pits and withdrawing from the remainder of the weekend, still in pain from the injuries he suffered in Thailand.

It reduces the field to 25 bikes, with Nakasuga and Guintoli having originally bumped up the entry to 26.

FP1 times

Pos Rider Team Bike Time Gap Laps
1 Andrea Dovizioso Ducati Ducati 1m45.358s - 18
2 Cal Crutchlow LCR Honda Honda 1m45.463s 0.105s 18
3 Johann Zarco Tech3 Yamaha Yamaha 1m45.483s 0.125s 19
4 Marc Marquez Honda Honda 1m45.498s 0.140s 20
5 Maverick Vinales Yamaha Yamaha 1m45.640s 0.282s 19
6 Andrea Iannone Suzuki Suzuki 1m46.030s 0.672s 18
7 Alvaro Bautista Aspar Ducati Ducati 1m46.210s 0.852s 17
8 Jack Miller Pramac Ducati Ducati 1m46.265s 0.907s 18
9 Valentino Rossi Yamaha Yamaha 1m46.329s 0.971s 19
10 Aleix Espargaro Aprilia Aprilia 1m46.526s 1.168s 17
11 Dani Pedrosa Honda Honda 1m46.568s 1.210s 19
12 Scott Redding Aprilia Aprilia 1m46.854s 1.496s 16
13 Takaaki Nakagami LCR Honda Honda 1m46.856s 1.498s 19
14 Pol Espargaro KTM KTM 1m46.859s 1.501s 17
15 Katsuyuki Nakasuga Yamaha Yamaha 1m46.872s 1.514s 18
16 Xavier Simeon Avintia Ducati Ducati 1m46.998s 1.640s 16
17 Danilo Petrucci Pramac Ducati Ducati 1m47.054s 1.696s 17
18 Bradley Smith KTM KTM 1m47.137s 1.779s 18
19 Alex Rins Suzuki Suzuki 1m47.187s 1.829s 19
20 Franco Morbidelli MVDS Honda Honda 1m47.428s 2.070s 15
21 Sylvain Guintoli Suzuki Suzuki 1m47.537s 2.179s 17
22 Jordi Torres Avintia Ducati Ducati 1m47.665s 2.307s 20
23 Karel Abraham Aspar Ducati Ducati 1m47.716s 2.358s 18
24 Hafizh Syahrin Tech3 Yamaha Yamaha 1m47.726s 2.368s 14
25 Thomas Luthi MVDS Honda Honda 1m47.833s 2.475s 21
- Jorge Lorenzo Ducati Ducati - - 0


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