Motegi MotoGP: Dovizioso leads Marquez in first practice

Andrea Dovizioso sent Ducati to the top of the time sheets in opening practice with his final flying lap of Twin-Ring Motegi to eclipse Marc Marquez by a quarter-second.

Motegi MotoGP: Dovizioso leads Marquez in first practice
Hector Barbera, Ducati Team
Hector Barbera, Ducati Team
Mike Jones, Avintia Racing
Jorge Lorenzo, Yamaha Factory Racing
Marc Marquez, Repsol Honda Team
Marc Marquez, Repsol Honda Team

The #04 Ducati Desmosedici GP16 lapped the course in 1min45.786sec to beat Honda’s championship favourite Marquez by 0.245 seconds.

Yamaha pair Jorge Lorenzo and Valentino Rossi were third and fourth, 0.395 and 0.436sec off top spot, ahead of last year’s winner, Dani Pedrosa on the second works Honda.

Maverick Vinales survived a couple of off-course excursions to put Suzuki sixth, just ahead of teammate Aleix Espargaro who also had a late off.

Cal Crutchlow went down toward the end of the session but put the LCR Honda eigthth, while Alvaro Bautista was an impressive ninth for Aprilia.

Hector Barbera, grabbing his first chance on a works Ducati, was 10th and just over a second off his pace-setting teammate. 

The man who replaced him this weekend on the Avintia Ducati, Australian Superbike champion Mike Jones, was predictably last, 4.4sec but only two places behind teammate Loris Baz, who ended his session in the sand.

The injured Bradley Smith appears well out of sorts on the Tech 3 Yamaha – 21st and 4.4sec behind his teammate Pol Espargaro.

First practice times:

Cla#DriverBikeTimeGap
1 4  Andrea Dovizioso  Ducati 1'45.786  
2 93  Marc Marquez  Honda 1'46.031 0.245
3 99  Jorge Lorenzo  Yamaha 1'46.181 0.395
4 46  Valentino Rossi  Yamaha 1'46.222 0.436
5 26  Dani Pedrosa  Honda 1'46.314 0.528
6 25  Maverick Viñales  Suzuki 1'46.349 0.563
7 41  Aleix Espargaro  Suzuki 1'46.406 0.620
8 35  Cal Crutchlow  Honda 1'46.590 0.804
9 19  Alvaro Bautista  Aprilia 1'46.721 0.935
10 8  Hector Barbera  Ducati 1'46.853 1.067
11 44  Pol Espargaro  Yamaha 1'46.998 1.212
12 9  Danilo Petrucci  Ducati 1'47.125 1.339
13 6  Stefan Bradl  Aprilia 1'47.426 1.640
14 45  Scott Redding  Ducati 1'47.641 1.855
15 68  Yonny Hernandez  Ducati 1'47.704 1.918
16 43  Jack Miller  Honda 1'47.777 1.991
17 50  Eugene Laverty  Ducati 1'47.988 2.202
18 21  Katsuyuki Nakasuga  Yamaha 1'48.058 2.272
19 53  Tito Rabat  Honda 1'48.409 2.623
20 76  Loris Baz  Ducati 1'48.914 3.128
21 38  Bradley Smith  Yamaha 1'51.415 5.629
22 7  Mike Jones  Ducati 1'53.191 7.687
shares
comments
Dovizioso says Iannone sub Barbera good for Ducati

Previous article

Dovizioso says Iannone sub Barbera good for Ducati

Next article

Motegi MotoGP: Lorenzo heads Dovizioso and Vinales in crash-filled FP2

Motegi MotoGP: Lorenzo heads Dovizioso and Vinales in crash-filled FP2
Load comments
Why Quartararo’s suit penalty highlights a wider issue in MotoGP Prime

Why Quartararo’s suit penalty highlights a wider issue in MotoGP

OPINION: Fabio Quartararo racing with his leather suit open and subsequent penalty has been the main talking point of the Catalunya MotoGP weekend, which has highlighted a wider issue with MotoGP’s stewarding that risks a negative precedent going forward.

MotoGP
Jun 8, 2021
How MotoGP’s “beast” tamers bounced back at Catalunya Prime

How MotoGP’s “beast” tamers bounced back at Catalunya

The expectation on KTM to replicate its winning form from 2020 this season made its difficult start to the new MotoGP campaign even more disappointing. But a key update has seen KTM's fortunes reversed over the last week and returned it to the top step of the podium in Barcelona

MotoGP
Jun 7, 2021
The signs that point to Rossi's MotoGP retirement Prime

The signs that point to Rossi's MotoGP retirement

It's not been a happy start to 2021 for Valentino Rossi at the Petronas SRT satellite squad, with performances that are a shadow of the rider that utterly dominated MotoGP at the start of the new millennium. At the age of 42, how much longer can he go on?

MotoGP
May 19, 2021
Why the most significant Le Mans MotoGP performance wasn't Miller's Prime

Why the most significant Le Mans MotoGP performance wasn't Miller's

Hot on the heels of his first MotoGP win in five years, Jack Miller made it two from two with a commanding French Grand Prix victory at Le Mans despite two long-lap penalties. Impressive though it was, it was an expectation-defying performance from an anticipated title rival that was the real standout.

MotoGP
May 17, 2021
The impossible problem Honda faces with its 2021 MotoGP bike Prime

The impossible problem Honda faces with its 2021 MotoGP bike

Honda hasn’t enjoyed an easy start to the 2021 MotoGP campaign, despite gains last season which looked to have carried over into the pre-season. Now admitting it does have issues in serious need of resolving, it faces an almost impossible task in doing so.

MotoGP
May 11, 2021
How Jerez underlined MotoGP's speed problem Prime

How Jerez underlined MotoGP's speed problem

The brutal nature of a series of crashes at Jerez has reopened the debate about whether current MotoGP speeds are beyond the safety limits of the tracks. But even if riders are supportive of the move, getting the manufacturers to find a consensus on how speed reductions should be achieved may be altogether harder

MotoGP
May 4, 2021
How a Crutchlow helped Miller to Jerez MotoGP redemption Prime

How a Crutchlow helped Miller to Jerez MotoGP redemption

Jack Miller’s tough start to life as a factory Ducati MotoGP rider left him mentally battered and bruised, but a pep talk and positive reinforcement from a surprising source aided the Australian to show his full potential with victory at the Spanish Grand Prix

MotoGP
May 3, 2021
What does Marc Marquez have to do to get back to his best? Prime

What does Marc Marquez have to do to get back to his best?

Following his resounding MotoGP return with a seventh place finish in Portugal, Marc Marquez now must work to rediscover his best form before turning his attention towards results-based targets

MotoGP
Apr 20, 2021