Petrucci leads Ducati 1-2 on first Jerez test day

New factory Ducati MotoGP rider Danilo Petrucci set the pace on the penultimate test day of 2018 at Jerez ahead of teammate Andrea Dovizioso.

Petrucci leads Ducati 1-2 on first Jerez test day

Petrucci leapt to the top of the timesheets at the start of the final hour of running, becoming the first and only rider of the day to break the 1m38s barrier with a best time of 1m37.968s.

Not long after, LCR Honda's Takaaki Nakagami went second-fastest on a 1m38.348s, although he was demoted to third in the closing stages by Dovizioso, who ended up 0.217s behind teammate Petrucci on a 1m38.185s.

Dovizioso also suffered a crash at Turn 5 in the final hour, which left him in pain.

Maverick Vinales, quickest during both days of last week's Valencia test, was the best-placed Yamaha rider in fourth, 0.408s off the pace, followed by Marc Marquez on the first of the works Repsol Hondas.

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Marquez's new teammate Lorenzo enjoyed a brief spell at the head of the times on his plain-coloured Honda, before ending up seventh fastest behind Franco Morbidelli's Petronas Yamaha.

Jack Miller (Pramac Ducati), Ducati stand-in test rider Alvaro Bautista and Joan Mir (Suzuki) completed the top 10.

Mir caused the day's only red flag when he suffered a major off at Turn 7 and was taken to the medical centre for checks, but was found to have suffered no significant injuries.

Andrea Iannone was another rider to take a tumble, the new Aprilia rider doing so at Turn 5. He was 11th-fastest.

Heading KTM's efforts was Pol Espargaro in 15th place - two places ahead of Valentino Rossi, whose Yamaha suffered a technical problem that caused him to stop on track, costing him vital running.

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Johann Zarco's low-key start to life at KTM continued in 19th place, one place behind Aprilia tester Bradley Smith, the man he replaces at the Austrian manufacturer.

Of the other test riders, Sylvain Guintoli was 22nd fastest for Suzuki, while Matteo Baiocco, standing in for the unwell Aleix Espargaro at Aprilia, propped up the order in 24th and last.

Stefan Bradl was due to take part in the test with the Honda test team but instead completed his work on Monday, sharing the track with the World Superbike field, and sat out Wednesday's running.

Day 1 times:

    Pos. No. Rider Bike               Time              Gap         Laps 
9 Italy Danilo Petrucci Ducati 1'37.968   53
4 Italy Andrea Dovizioso Ducati 1'38.185 0.217 53
30 Japan Takaaki Nakagami Honda 1'38.348 0.380 60
12 Spain Maverick Vinales Yamaha 1'38.376 0.408 58
93 Spain Marc Marquez Honda 1'38.517 0.549 50
21 Italy Franco Morbidelli Yamaha 1'38.659 0.691 69
99 Spain Jorge Lorenzo Honda 1'38.749 0.781 56
43 Australia Jack Miller  Ducati 1'38.816 0.848 72
19 Spain Alvaro Bautista Ducati 1'38.830 0.862 57
10  36 Spain Joan Mir Suzuki 1'38.956 0.988 52
11  29 Italy Andrea Iannone Aprilia 1'39.008 1.040 24
12  53 Spain Tito Rabat Ducati 1'39.097 1.129 53
13  42 Spain Alex Rins Suzuki 1'39.150 1.182 81
14  63 Italy Francesco Bagnaia Ducati 1'39.157 1.189 51
15  20 France Fabio Quartararo Yamaha 1'39.414 1.446 59
16  44 Spain Pol Espargaro KTM 1'39.552 1.584 46
17  46 Italy Valentino Rossi Yamaha 1'39.564 1.596 50
18  38 United Kingdom Bradley Smith  Aprilia 1'40.174 2.206 65
19  5 France Johann Zarco KTM 1'40.192 2.224 50
20  17 Czech Republic Karel Abraham Ducati 1'40.438 2.470 43
21  55 Malaysia Hafizh Syahrin  KTM 1'40.630 2.662 49
22  50 France Sylvain Guintoli Suzuki 1'40.743 2.775 48
23  88 Portugal Miguel Oliveira  KTM 1'41.699 3.731 59
24  15 Italy Matteo Baiocco Aprilia 1'42.766 4.798 44
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