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Mugello MotoGP: Dovizoso leads Ducati one-two in practice one

Ducati rider Andrea Dovizioso led the first practice session for MotoGP's Italian Grand Prix at Mugello, leading wildcard team-mate Michele Pirro by two tenths of a second

In a strong start for Ducati's home weekend, its bikes filled five of the top seven places, with its factory riders having tested at Mugello last month.

Championship leader Maverick Vinales had set the early benchmark of 1m47.669s in the opening 15 minutes of the 45-minute session, dislodging fellow Yamaha rider Jonas Folger from the top spot.

Vinales' time stood as the quickest until the closing five minutes, when Dovizioso lowered the bar to a 1m47.394s and Pirro slotted into second, 0.201 seconds slower.

That knocked Vinales down to third, and he end up just 0.005s clear of lead Tech3 rider Johann Zarco in fourth.

Jorge Lorenzo overcame an apparent fuel pump issue to end up sixth fastest, 0.353s down on teammate Dovizioso, edged out by the Avintia Ducati of Hector Barbera for a place in the top five.

Danilo Petrucci made it four GP17 Ducatis in the top seven a further two tenths behind, while Folger and Honda pair Marc Marquez and Cal Crutchlow completed the top 10.

Having been cleared to ride following last week's motocross crash, Valentino Rossi ended the first practice session of his home weekend in 15th place, 1.119s slower than Dovizioso.

Andrea Iannone was the lead Suzuki rider in 11th, Aleix Espargaro was best of the Aprilias in 14th, and Pol Espargaro led the KTM pair in 20th, over two seconds off the pace.

PRACTICE ONE TIMES:

Pos Rider Team Time Gap Laps
1 Andrea Dovizioso Ducati 1m47.394s - 18
2 Michele Pirro Ducati 1m47.595s 0.201s 17
3 Maverick Vinales Yamaha 1m47.669s 0.275s 18
4 Johann Zarco Tech3 Yamaha 1m47.674s 0.280s 19
5 Hector Barbera Avintia Ducati 1m47.708s 0.314s 16
6 Jorge Lorenzo Ducati 1m47.747s 0.353s 18
7 Danilo Petrucci Pramac Ducati 1m47.962s 0.568s 17
8 Jonas Folger Tech3 Yamaha 1m47.974s 0.580s 16
9 Marc Marquez Honda 1m47.980s 0.586s 22
10 Cal Crutchlow LCR Honda 1m48.194s 0.800s 18
11 Andrea Iannone Suzuki 1m48.274s 0.880s 19
12 Alvaro Bautista Aspar Ducati 1m48.289s 0.895s 16
13 Dani Pedrosa Honda 1m48.291s 0.897s 19
14 Aleix Espargaro Aprilia 1m48.394s 1.000s 16
15 Valentino Rossi Yamaha 1m48.513s 1.119s 15
16 Scott Redding Pramac Ducati 1m48.743s 1.349s 16
17 Jack Miller MVDS Honda 1m49.119s 1.725s 17
18 Tito Rabat MVDS Honda 1m49.123s 1.729s 18
19 Loris Baz Avintia Ducati 1m49.526s 2.132s 17
20 Pol Espargaro KTM 1m49.677s 2.283s 19
21 Sam Lowes Aprilia 1m49.679s 2.285s 14
22 Karel Abraham Aspar Ducati 1m49.754s 2.360s 16
23 Bradley Smith KTM 1m50.686s 3.292s 16
24 Sylvain Guintoli Suzuki 1m50.996s 3.602s 19


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