MotoGP leader Dovizioso heads Vinales in tight Sachsenring FP1

Ducati's MotoGP points leader Andrea Dovizioso narrowly beat Maverick Vinales to the fastest time in first Sachsenring practice as Valentino Rossi suffered a bike failure

MotoGP leader Dovizioso heads Vinales in tight Sachsenring FP1

Rossi's Yamaha stopped at Turn 6 just 15 minutes into the session, the result of a suspected electronic issue.

The Italian was able to rejoin the session on his second bike soon after but could only manage the 16th-fastest time.

Despite the presence of torrential rain on Thursday, Friday's first practice session took place in dry conditions.

Marc Marquez, who is unbeaten at Sachsenring since he stepped up to MotoGP in 2013, quickly established himself at the top of the order early on, first with a time of 1m23.344s before improving to a 1m22.265s.

But his advantage was gradually eaten into by the rest of the field before he was first usurped by Vinales and then Dovizioso at the head of the order.

Marquez and then Vinales both fought back to lead the way during the final 10 minutes, but Dovizioso eventually ended the session with the fastest time with a best lap of 1m21.599s - leaving him 0.038 seconds clear of Vinales.

Despite his early pace, Marquez was demoted to sixth by the flag as his Honda factory team-mate Dani Pedrosa, Aprilia's Aleix Espargaro and Aspar Ducati's Alvaro Bautista all edged ahead.

Bautista, as well as Scott Redding, crashed at Turn 11 at the very end of the session.

Other riders to fall were Andrea Iannone, also at Turn 11, and Tito Rabat, who ran off track at Turn 8 and lost control on the grass runoff - still damp after Thursday's rain.

Tech 3 Yamaha's Johann Zarco and Pramac Ducati's Danilo Petrucci, whose session started with an excursion through the gravel trap at the first corner, were seventh and eighth respectively.

Jack Miller and Redding completed the top 10, which was separated by less than half a second.

Jonas Folger kicked off his first home MotoGP round in 11th, narrowly edging out the second factory Ducati of Jorge Lorenzo.

FIRST PRACTICE RESULTS:

Pos Rider Team Bike Time Gap Laps
1 Andrea Dovizioso Ducati Ducati 1m21.599s - 24
2 Maverick Vinales Yamaha Yamaha 1m21.637s 0.038s 26
3 Dani Pedrosa Honda Honda 1m21.789s 0.190s 28
4 Aleix Espargaro Aprilia Aprilia 1m21.832s 0.233s 25
5 Alvaro Bautista Aspar Ducati Ducati 1m21.840s 0.241s 27
6 Marc Marquez Honda Honda 1m21.898s 0.299s 31
7 Johann Zarco Tech3 Yamaha Yamaha 1m21.973s 0.374s 29
8 Danilo Petrucci Pramac Ducati Ducati 1m21.992s 0.393s 24
9 Jack Miller MVDS Honda Honda 1m22.068s 0.469s 24
10 Scott Redding Pramac Ducati Ducati 1m22.075s 0.476s 25
11 Jonas Folger Tech3 Yamaha Yamaha 1m22.175s 0.576s 28
12 Jorge Lorenzo Ducati Ducati 1m22.209s 0.610s 26
13 Cal Crutchlow LCR Honda Honda 1m22.240s 0.641s 25
14 Hector Barbera Avintia Ducati Ducati 1m22.336s 0.737s 28
15 Sam Lowes Aprilia Aprilia 1m22.465s 0.866s 24
16 Valentino Rossi Yamaha Yamaha 1m22.535s 0.936s 23
17 Pol Espargaro KTM KTM 1m22.593s 0.994s 28
18 Karel Abraham Aspar Ducati Ducati 1m22.612s 1.013s 23
19 Alex Rins Suzuki Suzuki 1m22.642s 1.043s 29
20 Tito Rabat MVDS Honda Honda 1m22.745s 1.146s 25
21 Bradley Smith KTM KTM 1m22.888s 1.289s 25
22 Loris Baz Avintia Ducati Ducati 1m22.989s 1.390s 20
23 Mika Kallio KTM KTM 1m23.218s 1.619s 24
24 Andrea Iannone Suzuki Suzuki 1m23.299s 1.700s 22


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