Dovizioso sets early Mugello pace for Ducati

Andrea Dovizioso signalled Ducati’s intent at Mugello with the quickest time in a tight opening practice session, as Jorge Lorenzo prevented a 1-2 for the Italian marque.

The Italian set the early pace around the flowing Tuscan circuit with a 1m48.025s before being ousted by Yamaha’s Jorge Lorenzo, fresh from successive victories at Jerez and Le Mans.

Dovizioso later responded, shaving 0.091s off the Spaniard's benchmark with a 1m47.893s with a third of the session remaining to finish the morning on top.

Lorenzo improved in the closing stages, lapping within 0.033s of Dovizioso and demoting the second Ducati of Andrea Iannone to third place and denying the Bologna marque a 1-2.

Behind a top three split by less than half a tenth, Marc Marquez was the best of the Hondas in fourth place, just 0.135s adrift of Dovizioso, with Yonny Hernandez taking fifth aboard the Pramac Ducati after benefitting from the tow of Valentino Rossi’s Yamaha in the closing minutes.

Rossi finished the session sixth, half a second off the pace, ahead of an improved Marc VDS Honda of Scott Redding and the two Tech 3 Yamahas of Bradley Smith and Pol Espargaro.

Cal Crutchlow’s LCR Honda completed the top 10, ahead of the second factory RC213V of Dani Pedrosa, who continues to recover from his arm pump surgery that left him on the sidelines for three races, and Ducati wild-card Michele Pirro.

Hector Barbera was best of the Open class bikes in 14th, ahead of Maverick Vinales aboard the best of the Suzukis.

Practice results:

Pos Rider Bike Time/Gap
Andrea Dovizioso Ducati 1m47.893
Jorge Lorenzo Yamaha 0.033
Andrea Iannone Ducati 0.047
Marc Marquez Honda 0.135
Yonny Hernandez Ducati 0.411
Valentino Rossi Yamaha 0.432
Scott Redding Honda 0.447
Bradley Smith Yamaha 0.456
Pol Espargaro Yamaha 0.497
10  Cal Crutchlow Honda 0.566
11  Dani Pedrosa Honda 0.648
12  Michele Pirro Ducati 0.721
13  Danilo Petrucci Ducati 0.723
14  Hector Barbera Ducati 0.782
15  Maverick Vinales Suzuki 1.207
16  Nicky Hayden Honda 1.368
17  Aleix Espargaro Suzuki 1.585
18  Karel Abraham Honda 1.676
19  Loris Baz Yamaha Forward 1.768
20  Eugene Laverty Honda 1.922
21  Jack Miller Honda 1.962
22  Alvaro Bautista Aprilia 2.029
23  Stefan Bradl Yamaha Forward 2.083
24  Mike Di Meglio Ducati 2.584
25  Alex de Angelis ART 3.268
26  Marco Melandri Aprilia 4.623


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Series MotoGP
Event Italian GP
Track Mugello Circuit
Drivers Valentino Rossi , Andrea Dovizioso , Jorge Lorenzo , Marc Marquez , Andrea Iannone
Teams Ducati Team
Article type Practice report