MotoGP Malaysia practice: Ducati's Andrea Dovizioso fastest in FP1

Ducati rider Andrea Dovizioso topped first practice for MotoGP's Malaysian Grand Prix by less than a tenth of a second from Valentino Rossi

MotoGP Malaysia practice: Ducati's Andrea Dovizioso fastest in FP1

Dovizioso grabbed the advantage with just two minutes to go in the 45-minute session amid a late flurry of quick times at Sepang, posting a 1m59.697s to knock Jack Miller off the top spot.

Miller had been the first rider to break the two-minute barrier just a few minutes earlier, but his best time of 1m59.941s was beaten by both factory Yamaha riders late on.

Valentino Rossi managed to set a time just 0.070s slower than Dovizioso to slot into second, while Phillip Island winner Maverick Vinales slotted into third ahead of Miller a further 0.161s behind.

Danilo Petrucci brought a third Ducati into the top five with a time two tenths slower than Pramac team-mate Miller, while Alex Rins led the Suzuki charge in sixth after Thursday's pitlane fire.

Completing the top 10 were Aleix Espargaro, Alvaro Bautista, Johann Zarco and Marc Marquez, who as per usual did not run a new tyre at the end of the session on his factory Honda.

The world champion ended the session 1.104s off Dovizioso's pace, finishing up a place ahead of the second Suzuki of Andrea Iannone.

Marquez's team-mate Dani Pedrosa was 16th fastest, just behind LCR stand-in and Honda test rider Stefan Bradl.

Jorge Lorenzo ended up 24th and slowest as he returned to MotoGP action for the first time since first practice two weeks ago at Motegi, his best time of 2m03.204s leaving him 3.504s off the pace.

The Spaniard was reported to still be in pain from his left wrist that he fractured in a crash in Thailand last month, with the same injury forcing him to sit out the following race in Japan after an abortive run in FP1.

Ducati test rider Michele Pirro is on standby should Lorenzo be forced to withdraw again.

Xavier Simeon was the one and only rider to crash during the session, going down at the long Turn 14 right-hander at the very end of the session.

FP1 times

Pos Rider Team Time Gap Laps
1 Andrea Dovizioso Ducati 1m59.697s - 17
2 Valentino Rossi Yamaha 1m59.767s 0.070s 18
3 Maverick Vinales Yamaha 1m59.928s 0.231s 18
4 Jack Miller Pramac Ducati 1m59.941s 0.244s 18
5 Danilo Petrucci Pramac Ducati 2m00.182s 0.485s 18
6 Alex Rins Suzuki 2m00.241s 0.544s 19
7 Aleix Espargaro Aprilia 2m00.552s 0.855s 16
8 Alvaro Bautista Aspar Ducati 2m00.664s 0.967s 18
9 Johann Zarco Tech3 Yamaha 2m00.726s 1.029s 16
10 Marc Marquez Honda 2m00.801s 1.104s 17
11 Andrea Iannone Suzuki 2m00.973s 1.276s 17
12 Takaaki Nakagami LCR Honda 2m01.199s 1.502s 17
13 Franco Morbidelli MVDS Honda 2m01.209s 1.512s 17
14 Bradley Smith KTM 2m01.230s 1.533s 16
15 Stefan Bradl LCR Honda 2m01.313s 1.616s 17
16 Dani Pedrosa Honda 2m01.320s 1.623s 17
17 Hafizh Syahrin Tech3 Yamaha 2m01.419s 1.722s 15
18 Scott Redding Aprilia 2m01.690s 1.993s 14
19 Pol Espargaro KTM 2m01.825s 2.128s 15
20 Thomas Luthi MVDS Honda 2m01.922s 2.225s 14
21 Karel Abraham Aspar Ducati 2m02.097s 2.400s 14
22 Xavier Simeon Avintia Ducati 2m02.101s 2.404s 13
23 Jordi Torres Avintia Ducati 2m02.451s 2.754s 16
24 Jorge Lorenzo Ducati 2m03.204s 3.507s 13

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