MotoGP Mugello: Andrea Iannone fastest by half a second in FP1

Suzuki rider Andrea Iannone topped the opening practice session for MotoGP's Italian Grand Prix at Mugello, beating Ducati wildcard Michele Pirro by over half a second

MotoGP Mugello: Andrea Iannone fastest by half a second in FP1

Iannone, who confirmed on Thursday he will leave Suzuki at the end of the 2018 season, left it until the final 30 seconds of the 45-minute Friday morning session to move to the top of the times, posting a best lap of 1m47.253s.

That was 0.550s up on Pirro, making his first of three planned starts on a third factory Ducati this year, who led the timesheets for the bulk of the running and ended up second.

Andrea Dovizioso made it a Ducati 1-2 for most of the way with a lap 0.192s slower than Pirro, which proved good enough for third in the final reckoning, 0.708s down on former team-mate Iannone.

Yamaha's Maverick Vinales crashed at the first corner, San Donato, on his first flying lap, but he was able to recover to set the fourth-quickest time, fractionally slower than Dovizioso.

Setting identical times were Pramac Ducati's Jack Miller and championship leader Marc Marquez on the best of the Hondas, both recording a 1m48.035s to take fifth and sixth places.

Rookie Franco Morbidelli was an impressive seventh, less than two tenths shy of Marquez and 0.007s ahead of his mentor Valentino Rossi.

Jorge Lorenzo was a further thousandth of a second behind in ninth, while Cal Crutchlow completed a top 10 split by a little under a second.

Danilo Petrucci, who is vying to replace Lorenzo at the factory Ducati team next year, had a subdued start to his home race weekend in 13th place, making him the slowest of the four GP18 riders.

Dani Pedrosa likewise endured a tough opening session on the second works Honda that left him 17th.

Thomas Luthi was the only other crasher besides Vinales of a relatively incident-free session, losing the front end at the downhill Scarperia right-hander at the halfway point.

FP1 times

Pos Rider Team Time Gap Laps
1 Andrea Iannone Suzuki 1m47.253s - 18
2 Michele Pirro Ducati 1m47.803s 0.550s 16
3 Andrea Dovizioso Ducati 1m47.961s 0.708s 16
4 Maverick Vinales Yamaha 1m47.995s 0.742s 18
5 Jack Miller Pramac Ducati 1m48.035s 0.782s 19
6 Marc Marquez Honda 1m48.035s 0.782s 18
7 Franco Morbidelli MVDS Honda 1m48.211s 0.958s 19
8 Valentino Rossi Yamaha 1m48.218s 0.965s 19
9 Jorge Lorenzo Ducati 1m48.219s 0.966s 18
10 Cal Crutchlow LCR Honda 1m48.229s 0.976s 17
11 Johann Zarco Tech3 Yamaha 1m48.272s 1.019s 19
12 Alex Rins Suzuki 1m48.274s 1.021s 19
13 Danilo Petrucci Pramac Ducati 1m48.304s 1.051s 19
14 Aleix Espargaro Aprilia 1m48.384s 1.131s 16
15 Pol Espargaro KTM 1m48.570s 1.317s 18
16 Karel Abraham Aspar Ducati 1m48.573s 1.320s 16
17 Dani Pedrosa Honda 1m48.669s 1.416s 19
18 Takaaki Nakagami LCR Honda 1m48.878s 1.625s 20
19 Alvaro Bautista Aspar Ducati 1m48.920s 1.667s 20
20 Bradley Smith KTM 1m49.086s 1.833s 19
21 Tito Rabat Avintia Ducati 1m49.181s 1.928s 17
22 Thomas Luthi MVDS Honda 1m49.460s 2.207s 15
23 Scott Redding Aprilia 1m49.499s 2.246s 13
24 Hafizh Syahrin Tech3 Yamaha 1m49.650s 2.397s 17
25 Xavier Simeon Avintia Ducati 1m50.315s 3.062s 17


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