MotoGP Valencia: Andrea Iannone fastest in FP1

Suzuki rider Andrea Iannone set the pace in Friday's opening MotoGP practice session in Valencia, as title rivals Andrea Dovizioso and Marc Marquez finished fourth and fifth

MotoGP Valencia: Andrea Iannone fastest in FP1

Iannone, whose Suzuki was sporting the fairing introduced at Motegi, took the lead with only three minutes left on the clock, and improved again next time around to end up with a 1m31.045s.

He was 0.312s clear of Marc VDS Honda rider Jack Miller, who led before Iannone.

The Australian took over from early leader Marquez with 10 minutes remaining, but ended up crashing at Turn 6 and missed the final five minutes of the session.

The Marc VDS rider still took second, less than a tenth ahead of KTM's Pol Espargaro.

Dovizioso beat Marquez by 0.035s for fourth, as the Spaniard failed to improve in the latter stages.

The Yamahas of Maverick Vinales and Johann Zarco were sixth and seventh respectively, both seven tenths off the pace.

Cal Crutchlow and Dani Pedrosa made sure four of the five Hondas were in the top 10 with eighth and 10th, sandwiching KTM test rider Mika Kallio, on another wildcard outing.

Ducati wildcard Michele Pirro was 11th, one thousandth of a second quicker than Jorge Lorenzo on the third factory Desmosedici.

Aleix Espargaro was 16th on the best of the Aprilias on his return from injury.

Valentino Rossi had a quiet session in 18th, 1.493s off the pace, while Tech 3 stand-in Michael van der Mark propped up the times in 25th, more than three seconds adrift.

Alvaro Bautista was the only other rider to crash apart from Miller, the Aspar Ducati rider falling at Turn 2.

FP1 times

Pos Rider Team Gap Laps
1 Andrea Iannone Suzuki 1m31.045s 21
2 Jack Miller MVDS Honda 0.312s 18
3 Pol Espargaro KTM 0.393s 20
4 Andrea Dovizioso Ducati 0.431s 19
5 Marc Marquez Honda 0.466s 23
6 Maverick Vinales Yamaha 0.705s 24
7 Johann Zarco Tech3 Yamaha 0.763s 21
8 Cal Crutchlow LCR Honda 0.782s 19
9 Mika Kallio KTM 0.834s 21
10 Dani Pedrosa Honda 0.905s 22
11 Michele Pirro Ducati 0.934s 19
12 Jorge Lorenzo Ducati 0.935s 21
13 Danilo Petrucci Pramac Ducati 0.984s 18
14 Alvaro Bautista Aspar Ducati 1.459s 21
15 Tito Rabat MVDS Honda 1.459s 26
16 Aleix Espargaro Aprilia 1.471s 14
17 Scott Redding Pramac Ducati 1.490s 20
18 Valentino Rossi Yamaha 1.493s 23
19 Hector Barbera Avintia Ducati 1.578s 20
20 Alex Rins Suzuki 1.752s 20
21 Karel Abraham Aspar Ducati 1.895s 19
22 Sam Lowes Aprilia 1.940s 18
23 Bradley Smith KTM 1.968s 20
24 Loris Baz Avintia Ducati 2.138s 21
25 Michael van der Mark Tech3 Yamaha 3.476s 24


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