Dovizioso breaks Jerez lap record on second test day

Ducati's Andrea Dovizioso set the pace on the second day of MotoGP's Jerez test, beating the pole record held by teammate Jorge Lorenzo.

Lorenzo was first to beat Andrea Iannone's Wednesday benchmark of 1m38.280s towards the end of the second hour of running, as he became the first rider to dip into the 1m37s with a 1m37.965s.

That stood as the benchmark until Dovizioso went over half a second quicker just before 1pm local time.

The Italian's lap of 1m37.663s stood as the fastest of the day, beating the record lap of 1m37.910s set two years ago by Lorenzo in qualifying for the 2015 Spanish Grand Prix.

LCR Honda's Cal Crutchlow also bettered that time at the end of the penultimate hour with a 1m37.818s, underlining the speed of the recently-resurfaced Jerez track.

Lorenzo was the third and final rider to lap beneath the 1m38s mark, falling just short of his own pole record with a 1m37.921s.

Iannone was fourth on the best of the Suzukis, ahead of Pol Espargaro's KTM and Alex Rins, who had his first day of test action on Thursday after sitting out Wednesday's running.

Pramac Ducati pair Danilo Petrucci and Jack Miller likewise hit the track for the first time this week, and ended up eighth and ninth fastest, behind Tito Rabat's Avintia machine.

Bradley Smith completed the top 10 aboard the second KTM.

Alex Marquez was less than a second adrift of teammate Franco Morbidelli on his second day aboard the Marc VDS Honda in 17th overall, behind lead World Superbike riders Marco Melandri and Alex Lowes.

After finishing inside the top 10 overall on Wednesday, Kawasaki WSBK duo Jonathan Rea and Tom Sykes did not take part in the test on Thursday.

Ducati's Chaz Davies was also absent after being forced to curtail his testing duties with a right knee injury following on from his crash on Wednesday.

Testing times (MotoGP only):

Pos.RiderBikeTimeGap
1  Andrea Dovizioso Ducati 1m37.663s  
2  Cal Crutchlow Honda 1m37.818s 0.155s
3  Jorge Lorenzo Ducati 1m37.921s 0.258s 
4  Andrea Iannone Suzuki 1m38.067s 0.404s 
5  Pol Espargaro KTM 1m38.314s 0.651s 
6  Alex Rins Suzuki 1m38.360s 0.697s 
7  Tito Rabat Ducati 1m38.387s 0.725s 
8  Danilo Petrucci Ducati 1m38.688s 1.025s 
9  Jack Miller Ducati 1m38.876s 1.213s 
10  Bradley Smith KTM 1m38.900s 1.237s 
11  Franco Morbidelli Honda 1m38.923s 1.260s 
12  Takaaki Nakagami Honda 1m38.992s 1.329s 
13  Scott Redding Aprilia 1m39.295s 1.633s 
14  Eugene Laverty Aprilia 1m39.485s 1.823s 
15  Alex Marquez Honda 1m39.782s 2.119s 
16  Xavier Simeon Ducati 1m40.332s 2.669s 
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Drivers Andrea Dovizioso
Teams Ducati Team
Article type Testing report