MotoGP Red Bull Ring: Barbera tops FP1 after Dovizioso's lap deleted

Avintia Ducati rider Hector Barbera set the pace in opening MotoGP practice for the Austrian Grand Prix after Andrea Dovizioso's best time was deleted

MotoGP Red Bull Ring: Barbera tops FP1 after Dovizioso's lap deleted

Barbera jumped into the lead with a 1m24.631s lap of the Red Bull Ring circuit in the final minute of the 45-minute session.

Factory Ducati rider Dovizioso responded immediately to move back to the top of the times, but that effort was then erased after he was deemed to have exceeded track limits.

Dovizioso had previously stolen the lead from Honda's Marc Marquez with 15 minutes left on the clock.

The Italian still ended the session second fastest after his fastest lap was chalked off, 0.088 seconds behind Barbera.

He was followed by Marquez's team-mate Dani Pedrosa and Maverick Vinales (Yamaha), who were both less than two tenths off the ultimate pace.

Marquez only improved on his early benchmark by eight hundredths of a second and ended up fifth.

Tech3 Yamaha rider Johann Zarco took sixth, followed by Pramac Ducati duo Danilo Petrucci and Scott Redding.

Factory Ducati rider Jorge Lorenzo and LCR Honda's Cal Crutchlow completed the top 10.

KTM's Pol Espargaro was a positive 11th, edging Valentino Rossi out by 0.007s.

Andrea Iannone and Aleix Espargaro were the top Suzuki and Aprilia riders in 14th and 15th respectively.

KTM's wildcard entrant Mika Kallio, who is taking part in his second MotoGP round of the 2017 season, was 17th, while team regular Bradley Smith took 21st.

FP1 times

Pos Rider Team Bike Time Gap Laps
1 Hector Barbera Avintia Ducati Ducati 1m24.631s - 23
2 Andrea Dovizioso Ducati Ducati 1m24.719s 0.088s 22
3 Dani Pedrosa Honda Honda 1m24.744s 0.113s 23
4 Maverick Vinales Yamaha Yamaha 1m24.752s 0.121s 21
5 Marc Marquez Honda Honda 1m24.881s 0.250s 21
6 Johann Zarco Tech3 Yamaha Yamaha 1m24.895s 0.264s 24
7 Danilo Petrucci Pramac Ducati Ducati 1m24.972s 0.341s 22
8 Scott Redding Pramac Ducati Ducati 1m25.008s 0.377s 23
9 Jorge Lorenzo Ducati Ducati 1m25.038s 0.407s 23
10 Cal Crutchlow LCR Honda Honda 1m25.229s 0.598s 22
11 Pol Espargaro KTM KTM 1m25.244s 0.613s 21
12 Valentino Rossi Yamaha Yamaha 1m25.251s 0.620s 24
13 Jonas Folger Tech3 Yamaha Yamaha 1m25.282s 0.651s 22
14 Andrea Iannone Suzuki Suzuki 1m25.608s 0.977s 24
15 Aleix Espargaro Aprilia Aprilia 1m25.697s 1.066s 21
16 Loris Baz Avintia Ducati Ducati 1m25.709s 1.078s 21
17 Mika Kallio KTM KTM 1m25.712s 1.081s 20
18 Tito Rabat MVDS Honda Honda 1m25.724s 1.093s 24
19 Sam Lowes Aprilia Aprilia 1m25.740s 1.109s 21
20 Jack Miller MVDS Honda Honda 1m25.753s 1.122s 23
21 Bradley Smith KTM KTM 1m25.785s 1.154s 21
22 Alvaro Bautista Aspar Ducati Ducati 1m25.903s 1.272s 21
23 Alex Rins Suzuki Suzuki 1m26.014s 1.383s 24
24 Karel Abraham Aspar Ducati Ducati 1m26.239s 1.608s 19


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