Brno MotoGP: Lorenzo sets the pace, Marquez tumbles

Jorge Lorenzo topped the timesheets in the opening practice session for the Czech Grand Prix, as second-fastest man Marc Marquez took a trip to the gravel.

Marquez was the pacesetter early on in the 45-minute session, becoming the first rider to break through the 1m57s barrier with a 1m56.898s in the opening laps.

Shortly after coming within 0.021s of his own benchmark, the Repsol Honda rider arrived at Turn 13 - the penultimate corner of the Brno circuit - too hot, running wide into the gravel as a result and dropping the bike close to the barriers.

Marquez was able to make it back to the pits with no obvious signs of damage to the bike, but he was deposed from the top spot shortly after by Ducati's Andrea Dovizioso, who went 0.077s faster.

Lorenzo then lowered the benchmark by a further 0.322s with a new best lap of 1m56.499s, a time that would go unchallenged for the remainder of the session, Marquez coming within 0.151s once he got back on track to retake second.

Marquez's teammate Dani Pedrosa was the biggest mover in the final part of the session, steadily climbing up the order to third with a succession of late hot laps, ending the session 0.285s adrift of Lorenzo.

Dovizioso, helped by a revised engine and fairing for the Ducati, held on to fourth place, ahead of teammate Andrea Iannone, with Valentino Rossi fending off Tech 3 rider Bradley Smith to take sixth, albeit 0.539s off the pace.

Completing the top 10 were the two works Suzukis of Aleix Espargaro and Maverick Vinales and Cal Crutchlow's LCR Honda.

Practice times:

Pos. Rider Bike Time Gap
Jorge Lorenzo Yamaha 1'56.499  
Marc Marquez Honda 1'56.650 0.151
Dani Pedrosa Honda 1'56.784 0.285
Andrea Dovizioso Ducati 1'56.821 0.322
Andrea Iannone Ducati 1'56.914 0.415
Valentino Rossi Yamaha 1'57.038 0.539
Bradley Smith Yamaha 1'57.137 0.638
Aleix Espargaro Suzuki 1'57.597 1.098
Maverick Vinales Suzuki 1'57.753 1.254
10  Cal Crutchlow Honda 1'57.781 1.282
11  Yonny Hernandez Ducati 1'57.983 1.484
12  Pol Espargaro Yamaha 1'58.195 1.696
13  Scott Redding Honda 1'58.365 1.866
14  Hector Barbera Ducati 1'58.416 1.917
15  Danilo Petrucci Ducati 1'58.445 1.946
16  Nicky Hayden Honda 1'58.549 2.050
17  Mike Di Meglio Ducati 1'58.589 2.090
18  Eugene Laverty Honda 1'58.656 2.157
19  Alvaro Bautista Aprilia 1'58.669 2.170
20  Loris Baz Yamaha Forward 1'58.720 2.221
21  Stefan Bradl Aprilia 1'59.434 2.935
22  Jack Miller Honda 1'59.559 3.060
23  Claudio Corti Yamaha Forward 2'00.074 3.575
24  Alex de Angelis ART/Aprilia 2'00.122 3.623
25  Karel Abraham Honda 2'01.881 5.382


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Series MotoGP
Event Czech GP
Track Brno
Drivers Jorge Lorenzo , Marc Marquez
Article type Practice report