MotoGP Brno: Jorge Lorenzo tops first practice

Jorge Lorenzo led the way in first practice for the Czech MotoGP at Brno ahead of Marc Marquez, who recovered from a crash

MotoGP Brno: Jorge Lorenzo tops first practice

Honda's Marquez set the early pace with a 1m56.898s and was atop the timesheets when he ran wide at Turn 13, approaching the halfway point of the session.

In attempting to ride through the gravel trap, he fell and after pushing his bike back to the pits, returned to the track 10 minutes later, on the same tyres and without requiring repairs.

During that time, Andrea Dovizioso and Lorenzo moved to the top of the times, with Lorenzo going three-tenths clear with a 1m56.499s lap on his Yamaha.

The last non-Honda rider to win at the circuit, in 2010, Lorenzo's effort was good enough to top the session.

On his first flying lap after the fall, Marquez improved to a 1m56.650s lap, ultimately 0.151s shy of Lorenzo, while team-mate Dani Pedrosa was third, having favoured the harder option rear tyre.

Dovizioso was fourth, ahead of Ducati team-mate Andrea Iannone, the pair on updated GP15s, with Iannone also evaluating a new front fairing during the session.

Championship leader Valentino Rossi was sixth, ahead of Bradley Smith, Suzuki pair Aleix Espargaro and Maverick Vinales, while Cal Crutchlow completed the top 10.

After missing the Indianapolis round, Forward Racing returned with Loris Baz in 20th place and Claudio Corti 23rd.

In his first MotoGP session since dislocating a toe during the Catalunya GP in June, Czech rider Karel Abraham was 25th and last.

FIRST PRACTICE RESULTS:

Pos Rider Team Bike Gap Laps
1 Jorge Lorenzo Yamaha Yamaha 1m56.499s 15
2 Marc Marquez Honda Honda 0.151s 17
3 Dani Pedrosa Honda Honda 0.285s 17
4 Andrea Dovizioso Ducati Ducati 0.322s 14
5 Andrea Iannone Ducati Ducati 0.415s 16
6 Valentino Rossi Yamaha Yamaha 0.539s 17
7 Bradley Smith Tech 3 Yamaha 0.638s 18
8 Aleix Espargaro Suzuki Suzuki 1.098s 15
9 Maverick Vinales Suzuki Suzuki 1.254s 14
10 Cal Crutchlow LCR Honda 1.282s 16
11 Yonny Hernandez Pramac Racing Ducati 1.484s 16
12 Pol Espargaro Tech 3 Yamaha 1.696s 16
13 Scott Redding Marc VDS Honda 1.866s 17
14 Hector Barbera Avintia Racing Ducati 1.917s 12
15 Danilo Petrucci Pramac Racing Ducati 1.946s 15
16 Nicky Hayden Aspar Honda 2.050s 14
17 Mike Di Meglio Avintia Racing Ducati 2.090s 14
18 Eugene Laverty Aspar Honda 2.157s 18
19 Alvaro Bautista Aprilia Gresini Aprilia 2.170s 17
20 Loris Baz Forward Racing Yamaha Forward 2.221s 16
21 Stefan Bradl Aprilia Gresini Aprilia 2.935s 17
22 Jack Miller LCR Honda 3.060s 12
23 Claudio Corti Forward Racing Yamaha Forward 3.575s 16
24 Alex de Angelis IodaRacing Project ART/Aprilia 3.623s 17
25 Karel Abraham AB Motoracing Honda 5.382s 12


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