MotoGP Jerez: Dovizioso shades Marquez to top opening practice

MotoGP championship leader Andrea Dovizioso topped the first practice session of the Jerez race weekend for Ducati, beating Honda's Marc Marquez into second place by just 0.007s

MotoGP Jerez: Dovizioso shades Marquez to top opening practice

Dovizioso snatched the lead from Marquez late on, managing to improve in the final sector despite encountering the Aspar Ducati of Alvaro Bautista.

Pol Espargaro, whose new two-year KTM deal was announced on Wednesday, finished third, just 0.043s off the pace.

Dovizioso's team-mate Jorge Lorenzo led the session at the start, but it was Marquez who took control by the end of the opening runs, posting several laps below 1m40s as the only rider to dip below that bracket at that stage.

The reigning champion's best effort, a 1m39.548s, left him half a second clear of nearest rival Cal Crutchlow - but shortly after the session's hallway point, the LCR Honda rider matched Marquez's time exactly.

Valentino Rossi then shot up from 10th to first, leading briefly before Espargaro took over at the top with five minutes left on the clock with a 1m39.311s.

But this effort was quickly surpassed by Marquez and then Dovizioso, with the latter recording his session-topping time of 1m39.268s 30 seconds before the chequered flag fell.

Pramac pair Danilo Petrucci and Jack Miller made it three Ducatis in the top five, with the former snatching fourth place at the end of the session.

Rossi did not improve in the final minutes but still wound up as the top Yamaha rider in sixth, ahead of Tech3 Yamaha rider Johann Zarco and Crutchlow.

The other works Yamaha rider Maverick Vinales spent most of the session well outside the top 10, only to find pace late on and take ninth.

Scott Redding was right behind Vinales as the top Aprilia, rounding out a top 10 covered by just 0.317s.

Both works Suzukis were outside of the top 10, with Andrea Iannone 11th and Alex Rins down in 21st, while Lorenzo was classified 15th.

Bradley Smith, in the first session following the news that he will lose his KTM factory ride at the end of the year, was 20th.

Results

Pos Rider Team Gap Laps
1 Andrea Dovizioso Ducati 1m39.268s 18
2 Marc Marquez Honda 0.007s 21
3 Pol Espargaro KTM 0.043s 19
4 Danilo Petrucci Pramac Ducati 0.161s 20
5 Jack Miller Pramac Ducati 0.215s 18
6 Valentino Rossi Yamaha 0.220s 21
7 Johann Zarco Tech3 Yamaha 0.250s 20
8 Cal Crutchlow LCR Honda 0.280s 20
9 Maverick Vinales Yamaha 0.291s 16
10 Scott Redding Aprilia 0.317s 17
11 Andrea Iannone Suzuki 0.346s 21
12 Mika Kallio KTM 0.549s 21
13 Aleix Espargaro Aprilia 0.631s 17
14 Dani Pedrosa Honda 0.666s 20
15 Jorge Lorenzo Ducati 0.718s 19
16 Takaaki Nakagami LCR Honda 0.739s 20
17 Karel Abraham Aspar Ducati 0.764s 18
18 Alvaro Bautista Aspar Ducati 0.925s 20
19 Tito Rabat Avintia Ducati 1.098s 22
20 Bradley Smith KTM 1.103s 19
21 Alex Rins Suzuki 1.269s 20
22 Thomas Luthi MVDS Honda 1.317s 21
23 Franco Morbidelli MVDS Honda 1.337s 21
24 Xavier Simeon Avintia Ducati 2.203s 19
25 Hafizh Syahrin Tech3 Yamaha 2.806s 19


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