MotoGP Mugello: Andrea Dovizioso fastest for Ducati in practice

Andrea Dovizioso began Ducati's home MotoGP weekend at Mugello by beating Jorge Lorenzo to the top spot in opening Italian Grand Prix practice

MotoGP Mugello: Andrea Dovizioso fastest for Ducati in practice

Dovizioso and Yamaha rider Lorenzo - winner of the last two grands prix - exchanged first place several times during the session and rapidly got within two tenths of the track's lap record.

Ducati briefly looked set for a one-two as Andrea Iannone slotted into second, just 0.047 seconds slower than Dovizioso's 1m47.893s, in the closing moments.

But Lorenzo was still on a better lap and squeezed in between the Ducatis, 0.033s slower than Dovizioso and 0.014s ahead of Iannone.

Ducati had three riders in the top five, although Yonny Hernandez's fifth place owed something to tucking in behind Valentino Rossi for his best lap.

Marc Marquez was the best Honda man in fourth, while Rossi ended up sixth.

Three British riders got into the top 10 - Scott Redding taking an eye-catching seventh on the Marc VDS Honda, Bradley Smith taking eighth for Tech 3 Yamaha and Cal Crutchlow putting the LCR Honda 10th, with Smith's team-mate Pol Espargaro between them.

Espargaro having a trip through the gravel at the San Donato corner was one of the few incidents in a trouble-free session that took place in ideal weather conditions.

Dani Pedrosa was only 11th fastest, while Suzuki struggled - Maverick Vinales its leading rider in 15th.

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Pos Rider Team Bike Gap Laps
1 Andrea Dovizioso Ducati Ducati 1m47.893s 13
2 Jorge Lorenzo Yamaha Yamaha 0.033s 17
3 Andrea Iannone Ducati Ducati 0.047s 17
4 Marc Marquez Honda Honda 0.135s 18
5 Yonny Hernandez Pramac Racing Ducati 0.411s 19
6 Valentino Rossi Yamaha Yamaha 0.432s 18
7 Scott Redding Marc VDS Honda 0.447s 19
8 Bradley Smith Tech 3 Yamaha 0.456s 21
9 Pol Espargaro Tech 3 Yamaha 0.497s 19
10 Cal Crutchlow LCR Honda 0.566s 18
11 Dani Pedrosa Honda Honda 0.648s 21
12 Michele Pirro Ducati Ducati 0.721s 17
13 Danilo Petrucci Pramac Racing Ducati 0.723s 18
14 Hector Barbera Avintia Racing Ducati 0.782s 14
15 Maverick Vinales Suzuki Suzuki 1.207s 18
16 Nicky Hayden Aspar Honda 1.368s 18
17 Aleix Espargaro Suzuki Suzuki 1.585s 11
18 Karel Abraham AB Motoracing Honda 1.676s 18
19 Loris Baz Forward Racing Yamaha Forward 1.768s 18
20 Eugene Laverty Aspar Honda 1.922s 19
21 Jack Miller LCR Honda 1.962s 16
22 Alvaro Bautista Aprilia Gresini Aprilia 2.029s 17
23 Stefan Bradl Forward Racing Yamaha Forward 2.083s 15
24 Mike Di Meglio Avintia Racing Ducati 2.584s 16
25 Alex de Angelis IodaRacing Project ART/Aprilia 3.268s 18
26 Marco Melandri Aprilia Gresini Aprilia 4.623s 17

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