Mugello MotoGP: Dovizioso leads Ducati 1-2 in first practice

Ducati MotoGP rider Andrea Dovizioso led the first practice session for the Italian Grand Prix at Mugello, leading wildcard teammate Michele Pirro by two tenths of a second.

Mugello MotoGP: Dovizioso leads Ducati 1-2 in first practice

It was points leader Maverick Vinales who set the early benchmark of 1m47.669s in the opening 15 minutes of the 45-minute session, dislodging fellow Yamaha rider Jonas Folger from the top spot.

Vinales' time stood as the quickest until the closing five minutes, when the Ducati of Dovizioso lowered the bar to a 1m47.394s and Pirro slotted into second, 0.201s slower.

That knocked Vinales down to third, the Spaniard not improving thereafter and ending up just 0.005s clear of lead Tech 3 rider Johann Zarco in fourth.

Jorge Lorenzo overcame an apparent fuel pump issue to end up sixth fastest, 0.353s down on teammate Dovizioso, edged out by the year-old Avintia Ducati of Hector Barbera for a place in the top five.

Danilo Petrucci made it four GP17 Ducatis in the top seven a further two tenths behind, while Folger and Honda pair Marc Marquez and Cal Crutchlow completed the top 10.

Having been cleared to ride following last week's motocross crash, Valentino Rossi ended the first practice session of his home weekend in 15th place, 1.119s slower than Dovizioso.

Dani Pedrosa was another to miss out on a place in the top 10 in 13th aboard the second Repsol Honda, albeit less than a tenth behind Crutchlow's LCR machine.

Andrea Iannone was the lead Suzuki rider in 11th, Aleix Espargaro was best of the Aprilias in 14th, and Pol Espargaro led the KTM contingent in 20th, over two seconds off the pace.

Practice results:

Pos.#RiderBikeTimeGap
1 4 italy Andrea Dovizioso  Ducati 1'47.394  
2 51 italy Michele Pirro  Ducati 1'47.595 0.201
3 25 spain Maverick Viñales  Yamaha 1'47.669 0.275
4 5 france Johann Zarco  Yamaha 1'47.674 0.280
5 8 spain Hector Barbera  Ducati 1'47.708 0.314
6 99 spain Jorge Lorenzo  Ducati 1'47.747 0.353
7 9 italy Danilo Petrucci  Ducati 1'47.962 0.568
8 94 germany Jonas Folger  Yamaha 1'47.974 0.580
9 93 spain Marc Marquez  Honda 1'47.980 0.586
10 35 united_kingdom Cal Crutchlow  Honda 1'48.194 0.800
11 29 italy Andrea Iannone  Suzuki 1'48.274 0.880
12 19 spain Alvaro Bautista  Ducati 1'48.289 0.895
13 26 spain Dani Pedrosa  Honda 1'48.291 0.897
14 41 spain Aleix Espargaro  Aprilia 1'48.394 1.000
15 46 italy Valentino Rossi  Yamaha 1'48.513 1.119
16 45 united_kingdom Scott Redding  Ducati 1'48.743 1.349
17 43 australia Jack Miller  Honda 1'49.119 1.725
18 53 spain Tito Rabat  Honda 1'49.123 1.729
19 76 france Loris Baz  Ducati 1'49.526 2.132
20 44 spain Pol Espargaro  KTM 1'49.677 2.283
21 22 united_kingdom Sam Lowes  Aprilia 1'49.679 2.285
22 17 czech_republic Karel Abraham  Ducati 1'49.754 2.360
23 38 united_kingdom Bradley Smith  KTM 1'50.686 3.292
24 50 france Sylvain Guintoli  Suzuki 1'50.996 3.602
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