MotoGP Aragon: Dovizioso tops FP1 as Ducatis sweep 1-2-3-4 places

Andrea Dovizioso set the fastest time in first practice for MotoGP's Aragon Grand Prix, as Ducati riders locked out of the top four places

MotoGP Aragon: Dovizioso tops FP1 as Ducatis sweep 1-2-3-4 places

Marc Marquez led the first half of the 45-minute session with an early benchmark lap of 1m48.804s.

Dovizioso became the second rider to dip below the 1m49s barrier when he went 0.001s quicker than Marquez with 20 minutes remaining, and the factory Ducati rider did not lose the lead thereafter.

There was a brief moment when the top three spots were separated by 0.001s when Maverick Vinales set the same time as Dovizioso, before the latter then went eight tenths clear.

Dovizioso ultimately topped the session with a 1m48.020s, with only his future team-mate Danilo Petrucci managing to get close to him with a 1m48.210s.

Jack Miller and Jorge Lorenzo completed the top four, but both ended up more than seven tenths off the pace.

Vinales and Marquez were best of the rest in fifth and sixth respectively, with two more Yamaha riders - Valentino Rossi and Johann Zarco - seventh and eighth.

Cal Crutchlow finished ninth ahead of Andrea Iannone, who had a small mechanical issue with his clutch cover during the session, and Alex Rins, Pol Espargaro and his brother Aleix.

Xavier Simeon had a dramatic end to the session - he is riding Tito Rabat's GP17 for the second weekend in a row - as his engine appeared to explode late-on at Turn 1 in a huge cloud of smoke.

Avintia's MotoGP debutant Jordi Torres finished 24th, 4.8s slower than Dovizioso.

FP1 times

Pos Rider Team Gap Laps
1 Andrea Dovizioso Ducati 1m48.020s 19
2 Danilo Petrucci Pramac Ducati 0.190s 18
3 Jack Miller Pramac Ducati 0.714s 19
4 Jorge Lorenzo Ducati 0.731s 17
5 Maverick Vinales Yamaha 0.783s 17
6 Marc Marquez Honda 0.784s 19
7 Valentino Rossi Yamaha 0.938s 19
8 Johann Zarco Tech3 Yamaha 0.983s 16
9 Cal Crutchlow LCR Honda 1.108s 17
10 Andrea Iannone Suzuki 1.221s 20
11 Alex Rins Suzuki 1.419s 20
12 Pol Espargaro KTM 1.506s 17
13 Aleix Espargaro Aprilia 1.617s 18
14 Alvaro Bautista Aspar Ducati 1.619s 19
15 Karel Abraham Aspar Ducati 1.628s 17
16 Scott Redding Aprilia 1.760s 16
17 Bradley Smith KTM 1.880s 16
18 Dani Pedrosa Honda 1.924s 19
19 Takaaki Nakagami LCR Honda 2.050s 18
20 Thomas Luthi MVDS Honda 2.199s 18
21 Xavier Simeon Avintia Ducati 2.294s 15
22 Franco Morbidelli MVDS Honda 2.357s 17
23 Hafizh Syahrin Tech3 Yamaha 2.674s 14
24 Jordi Torres Avintia Ducati 4.803s 18


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