Ducati power again rules at Misano

Andrea Dovizioso
Andrea Dovizioso

Andrea Dovizioso and Jorge Lorenzo made it a 1-2 for the Ducati Team on Day 1 at the Gran Premio Octo di San Marino e della Riviera di Rimini, with the two split by just 0.160 at the top. Reigning Champion Marc Marquez (Repsol Honda Team) completed the top five despite leading the way for much of the afternoon, but the number 93 was consistent and the race could well be a battle between the two factions. But that's for Sunday, and Friday was dominated more by time-attacks for many – with rain threatening, more threatening FP3 on Saturday and that all-important place in the top ten up for grabs on Day 1.

The dash to make it into that top ten almost made for the headline that never was, with Valentino Rossi (Movistar Yamaha MotoGP) almost finding himself outside the top ten by the close of action on Friday. The Italian left it late to lunge up to P8 overall, and with the weather threatening in the distance it seemed like a tense race against time for the rider from Tavullia. The rain held off, however, and the local hero makes it through.

Dovizioso and Lorenzo’s closest challenger on the combined timesheets, however, was Cal Crutchlow (LCR Honda Castrol), who, by extension, also ended Friday as top Honda and top Independent Team rider at the venue. He was a tiny margin behind Lorenzo, just 0.027s, but the gap behind him was an even more incredible 0.026 as Maverick Viñales (Movistar Yamaha MotoGP) took P4 and edged Marquez by the end of play.

Marquez, meanwhile, was a little further off. The number 93 was just over a tenth behind his compatriot, but he did have a comfortable 0.185 back to Danilo Petrucci (Alma Pramac Racing) in sixth – and his rhythm looked impressive. Behind ‘Petrux’ was Alex Rins (Team Suzuki Ecstar) in P7 just half a tenth further back, with Rossi ultimately taking eighth late in the day but only 0.011 off the Spanish sophomore’s best lap of the day.

Andrea Iannone (Team Suzuki Ecstar) and Franco Morbidelli (EG 0,0 Marc VDS) completed a top ten rife with home heroes, although the day came to a more difficult end for ‘Maniac’ Iannone. Crashing out right near the conclusion of FP2, the Italian was the only man in the top ten by virtue of his FP1 time.

Friday Practice Results

Pos. Rider Num Nation Team Constructor Time Gap
1 DOVIZIOSO Andrea 4 ITA Ducati Team Ducati 1'32.198 0.000s
2 LORENZO Jorge 99 SPA Ducati Team Ducati 1'32.358 0.160
3 CRUTCHLOW Cal 35 GBR LCR Honda Honda 1'32.385 0.187
4 VINALES Maverick 25 SPA Movistar Yamaha MotoGP Yamaha 1'32.411 0.213
5 MARQUEZ Marc 93 SPA Repsol Honda Team Honda 1'32.537 0.339
6 PETRUCCI Danilo 9 ITA Alma Pramac Racing Ducati 1'32.722 0.524
7 RINS Alex 42 SPA Team Suzuki Ecstar Suzuki 1'32.775 0.577
8 ROSSI Valentino 46 ITA Movistar Yamaha MotoGP Yamaha 1'32.786 0.588
9 IANNONE Andrea 29 ITA Team Suzuki Ecstar Suzuki 1'32.923 0.725
10 MORBIDELLI Franco 21 ITA EG 0,0 Marc VDS Honda 1'32.980 0.782
11 ZARCO Johann 5 FRA Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Yamaha 1'32.985 0.787
12 PEDROSA Dani 26 SPA Repsol Honda Team Honda 1'32.999 0.801
13 PIRRO Michele 51 ITA Ducati Team Ducati 1'33.005 0.807
14 BAUTISTA Alvaro 19 SPA Angel Nieto Team Ducati 1'33.183 0.985
15 MILLER Jack 43 AUS Alma Pramac Racing Ducati 1'33.193 0.995
16 NAKAGAMI Takaaki 30 JPN LCR Honda Honda 1'33.274 1.076
17 REDDING Scott 45 GBR Aprilia Racing Team Gresini Aprilia 1'33.322 1.124
18 ESPARGARO Aleix 41 SPA Aprilia Racing Team Gresini Aprilia 1'33.654 1.456
19 BRADL Stefan 6 GER Team HRC Honda 1'33.660 1.462
20 SMITH Bradley 38 GBR Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM 1'33.815 1.617
21 ABRAHAM Karel 17 CZE Angel Nieto Team Ducati 1'33.878 1.680
22 SIMEON Xavier 10 BEL Reale Avintia Racing Ducati 1'33.896 1.698
23 LUTHI Tom 12 SWI EG 0,0 Marc VDS Honda 1'34.278 2.080
24 ESPARGARO Pol 44 SPA Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM 1'34.461 2.263
25 SYAHRIN Hafizh 55 MAL Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Yamaha 1'34.539 2.341
26 PONSSON Christophe 23 FRA Reale Avintia Racing Ducati 1'38.154 5.956

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