MotoGP Valencia: Jorge Lorenzo leads Valentino Rossi in practice one

Jorge Lorenzo started his last MotoGP weekend with Yamaha by setting the fastest time in opening practice for the Valencia season finale

MotoGP Valencia: Jorge Lorenzo leads Valentino Rossi in practice one

The three-time world champion, who moves to Ducati for next year after nine seasons with Yamaha, finished fastest ahead of team-mate Valentino Rossi.

Lorenzo led the way early with a time of 1m31.841s, before 2016 champion Marc Marquez moved to the top and then clear of the field during a five-minute run halfway through the session.

Marquez set a 1m31.744s, then improved on each of his next three laps to eventually record a 1m31.442s, 0.343 seconds up at the time.

Ducati's Andrea Dovizioso narrowed that advantage to one tenth, before Lorenzo reclaimed top spot on his final run.

With four minutes remaining, Lorenzo set a 1m31.072s, before improving again to a 1m31.045s.

Rossi moved up from sixth to third and then to second in the closing stages, finishing 0.387s behind his team-mate in a Yamaha one-two.

Marquez wound up third ahead of Dovizioso, while Pol Espargaro was the leading satellite rider for Tech3 Yamaha in fifth, having run as high as second during the 45 minutes.

Suzuki pair Maverick Vinales and Aleix Espargaro were sixth and seventh, eight tenths off the pace, while Jack Miller, Scott Redding and Andrea Iannone completed the top 10.

Honda's Dani Pedrosa was 12th fastest on his return from the broken collarbone and fibula sustained at Motegi last month.

Cal Crutchlow finished two places further back for LCR Honda, riding with injuries including fractures in his left hand and right foot following his crashes at Sepang a fortnight ago.

In its first official session of its new MotoGP programme, KTM wound up at the foot of the timesheets, with Mika Kallio 2.940s slower than Lorenzo.

FP1 TIMES

Pos Rider Team Gap Laps
1 Jorge Lorenzo Yamaha 1m31.045s 21
2 Valentino Rossi Yamaha 0.387s 18
3 Marc Marquez Honda 0.397s 20
4 Andrea Dovizioso Ducati 0.487s 20
5 Pol Espargaro Tech3 Yamaha 0.740s 22
6 Maverick Vinales Suzuki 0.881s 21
7 Aleix Espargaro Suzuki 0.897s 20
8 Jack Miller Marc VDS Honda 1.110s 19
9 Scott Redding Pramac Ducati 1.167s 19
10 Andrea Iannone Ducati 1.220s 21
11 Hector Barbera Avintia Ducati 1.240s 25
12 Dani Pedrosa Honda 1.408s 16
13 Danilo Petrucci Pramac Ducati 1.434s 19
14 Cal Crutchlow LCR Honda 1.531s 19
15 Tito Rabat Marc VDS Honda 1.592s 23
16 Stefan Bradl Aprilia 1.800s 21
17 Alvaro Bautista Aprilia 1.879s 21
18 Bradley Smith Tech3 Yamaha 2.011s 19
19 Yonny Hernandez Aspar Ducati 2.116s 18
20 Eugene Laverty Aspar Ducati 2.304s 19
21 Loris Baz Avintia Ducati 2.461s 21
22 Mika Kallio KTM 2.940s 19


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