Argentina MotoGP: Dovizioso edges Marquez in opening practice

Ducati rider Andrea Dovizioso set the pace in the opening practice session of the Argentina MotoGP weekend, ousting Honda's Marc Marquez from the top spot on his very final lap.

On a dirty Termas de Rio Hondo track, times rapidly improved over the course of the session as the riders laid their rubber down, albeit times remained around four seconds off lap record pace by the finish.

Marc VDS Honda rider Jack Miler took advantage of this to spend a significant amount of time atop the timesheets, the Australian becoming the first man to dip below the 1m45s mark.

Miller had worked his way down to a 1m42.244s before Marquez went quickest on a 1m43.778s, with Dovizioso shortly slotting into second on a 1m44.194s.

It looked as if that time would be enough for Marquez to remain on top, but Dovizioso managed to go even quicker on his very last flying lap to take the top spot with a best effort of 1m43.684s.

Marquez was relegated to second, ahead of Aspar Ducati rider Yonny Hernandez, another man to set his best time after the chequered flag had fallen - the Colombian recording a 1m44.027s.

That demoted the Suzukis of Maverick Vinales and Aleix Espargaro to fourth and fifth, ahead of Valentino Rossi on the best of the factory Yamahas in sixth - the Italian also saving his best lap for last to go within half a second of Dovizioso.

Dani Pedrosa on the second factory Honda was seventh, ahead of Miller, Bradley Smith (Tech 3 Yamaha) and Scott Redding (Pramac Ducati).

Reigning champion Jorge Lorenzo had a quiet session on the second works Yamaha, finishing just over a second off the pace in 12th, five places ahead of the only faller in an otherwise incident-free session: Pol Espargaro, who crashed at Turn 7 late on.

Danilo Petrucci's replacement at Pramac Ducati, Michele Pirro, did not set a time.

Practice results:

1 ItalyAndrea Dovizioso  Ducati Team 1:43.684   14
2 SpainMarc Marquez  Repsol Honda Team 1:43.778 +0.094 16
3 ColombiaYonny Hernandez  Aspar Racing Team 1:44.027 +0.343 16
4 SpainMaverick Vinales  Team Suzuki ECSTAR 1:44.113 +0.429 17
5 SpainAleix Espargaro  Team Suzuki ECSTAR 1:44.128 +0.444 16
6 ItalyValentino Rossi  Yamaha Factory Racing 1:44.181 +0.497 13
7 SpainDani Pedrosa  Repsol Honda Team 1:44.231 +0.547 14
8 AustraliaJack Miller  Estrella Galicia 0,0 Marc VDS 1:44.244 +0.560 20
9 United KingdomBradley Smith  Tech 3 1:44.275 +0.591 16
10 United KingdomScott Redding  Octo Pramac Yakhnich 1:44.293 +0.609 19
11 SpainHector Barbera  Avintia Racing 1:44.455 +0.771 17
12 SpainJorge Lorenzo  Yamaha Factory Racing 1:44.742 +1.058 13
13 FranceLoris Baz  Avintia Racing 1:45.080 +1.396 18
14 IrelandEugene Laverty  Aspar Racing Team 1:45.294 +1.610 15
15 SpainAlvaro Bautista  Aprilia Racing Team Gresini 1:45.447 +1.763 17
16 GermanyStefan Bradl  Aprilia Racing Team Gresini 1:45.519 +1.835 18
17 SpainPol Espargaro  Tech 3 1:45.590 +1.906 18
18 ItalyAndrea Iannone  Ducati Team 1:45.792 +2.108 17
19 SpainTito Rabat  Estrella Galicia 0,0 Marc VDS 1:45.876 +2.192 22
20 United KingdomCal Crutchlow  Team LCR 1:46.086 +2.402 11

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Series MotoGP
Event Argentinian GP
Track Autodromo Termas de Rio Hondo
Drivers Valentino Rossi , Andrea Dovizioso , Jorge Lorenzo , Marc Marquez , Maverick Viñales
Article type Practice report