Brno MotoGP: Dovizioso leads Ducati 1-2 in warm-up

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Brno MotoGP: Dovizioso leads Ducati 1-2 in warm-up
David Gruz
By: David Gruz
Aug 5, 2018, 8:11 AM

Andrea Dovizioso led a factory Ducati 1-2 in the warm-up session for MotoGP's Czech Grand Prix, as Marc Marquez in third focused on potential rain in the race.

With an increasing chance of rain hitting the track during the afternoon's race, Marquez started the warm-up with a lap on wet tyres, and then practiced a bike swap in the pits.

Early on in the session, Jorge Lorenzo was in a league of his own, as he had a significant lead with a time of 1m56.273s.

Several riders held second in the following minutes as they closed the gap to the Ducati rider, Marquez falling only 0.017s short with 10 minutes on the clock.

But it was eventually Lorenzo's factory Ducati teammate Dovizioso who demoted the Spaniard five minutes later with a 1m56.177s, and the pair ended the session first and second.

Honda's Marquez and Cal Crutchlow followed suit with Maverick Vinales ending up fifth as the fastest Yamaha.

Suzuki man Andrea Iannone ran wide and had a tumble at Turn 5 but still took sixth, followed by Tech 3 Yamaha's Hafizh Syahrin, and the Italian's teammate Alex Rins.

Pramac Ducati's Jack Miller beat Valentino Rossi (Yamaha) by half a tenth for ninth.

Dani Pedrosa (Honda) was 12th with top-eight starters Johann Zarco (Tech 3) and Danilo Petrucci (Pramac) taking only 15th and 16th respectively.

Alvaro Bautista (Nieto Ducati) fell at Turn 10, while Pol Espargaro crashed at the third corner, the KTM rider taken to the medical centre as a result.

Warm-up results

Cla # Rider Bike Laps Time Gap
1 4 Italy Andrea Dovizioso  Ducati 9 1'56.177  
2 99 Spain Jorge Lorenzo  Ducati 9 1'56.273 0.096
3 93 Spain Marc Marquez  Honda 10 1'56.290 0.113
4 35 United Kingdom Cal Crutchlow  Honda 10 1'56.336 0.159
5 25 Spain Maverick Viñales  Yamaha 10 1'56.386 0.209
6 29 Italy Andrea Iannone  Suzuki 8 1'56.401 0.224
7 55 Malaysia Hafizh Syahrin  Yamaha 10 1'56.637 0.460
8 42 Spain Alex Rins  Suzuki 10 1'56.696 0.519
9 43 Australia Jack Miller  Ducati 9 1'56.733 0.556
10 46 Italy Valentino Rossi  Yamaha 9 1'56.788 0.611
11 19 Spain Alvaro Bautista  Ducati 9 1'56.827 0.650
12 26 Spain Dani Pedrosa  Honda 8 1'56.896 0.719
13 53 Spain Tito Rabat  Ducati 9 1'56.969 0.792
14 41 Spain Aleix Espargaro  Aprilia 10 1'57.007 0.830
15 5 France Johann Zarco  Yamaha 10 1'57.131 0.954
16 9 Italy Danilo Petrucci  Ducati 9 1'57.185 1.008
17 30 Japan Takaaki Nakagami  Honda 10 1'57.242 1.065
18 38 United Kingdom Bradley Smith  KTM 10 1'57.289 1.112
19 45 United Kingdom Scott Redding  Aprilia 10 1'57.405 1.228
20 12 Switzerland Thomas Luthi  Honda 10 1'57.663 1.486
21 44 Spain Pol Espargaro  KTM 8 1'57.797 1.620
22 6 Germany Stefan Bradl  Honda 10 1'57.925 1.748
23 50 France Sylvain Guintoli  Suzuki 10 1'57.957 1.780
24 21 Italy Franco Morbidelli  Honda 8 1'58.037 1.860
25 10 Belgium Xavier Simeon  Ducati 10 1'58.212 2.035
26 17 Czech Republic Karel Abraham  Ducati 10 1'58.493 2.316
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Event Czech GP
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Author David Gruz
Article type Practice report