Lorenzo tops opening practice in Barcelona

Jorge Lorenzo
Jorge Lorenzo

Mugello race winner Jorge Lorenzo (Ducati Team) was the man to beat on the opening day at the Gran Premi Monster Energy de Catalunya, ending FP2 top of the timesheets after setting a 1:38.930 – the only rider to step under the 1:39 bracket.

The Spaniard improved his time by over 0.8 seconds from FP1 after finishing third in the morning, laying down the gauntlet ahead of qualifying on Saturday. Andrea Iannone (Team Suzuki Ecstar) was able to bounce back after a crash in FP1, the Italian was the only rider to get within 0.4 seconds of the number 99 on Friday to finish second overall.

One of the biggest talking points from the opening day at the Catalan GP was Championship leader Marc Marquez (Repsol Honda Team) finishing 12th quickest on the combined timesheets, provisionally missing out on a Q2 spot. The Spaniard crashed at Turn 5 towards the end of the session when pushing for a quick lap, his fourth FP2 fall of the season.

Meanwhile, third on the combined timesheets was Movistar Yamaha MotoGP’s Maverick Viñales, improving his time by over half a second from FP1 to round out the top three in the afternoon – 0.492 off Lorenzo’s quickest lap. Andrea Dovizioso (Ducati Team) was second in FP1, with the Italian slipping down to fourth quickest overall in FP2 – 0.513 behind his teammate.

Valentino Rossi (Movistar Yamaha MotoGP), quickest in FP1, was the only rider in the top 11 who failed to go quicker in the afternoon session. The Italian finished in P11 in FP2, but his time of 1:39.456 from FP1 was enough to see ‘The Doctor’ end the day fifth fastest overall. Cal Crutchlow (LCR Honda Castrol) improved his position by one place from FP1 to end the day sixth fastest, 0.002 behind Rossi’s time.

Fresh from signing a one-year deal with the factory Ducati team in 2019, Danilo Petrucci (Alma Pramac Racing) drastically improved on his 20th position from FP1 in the afternoon to finish seventh overall. Johann Zarco (Monster Yamaha Tech 3) recovered from an early crash in the session to end the day eighth quickest overall, just ahead of home rider Dani Pedrosa (Repsol Honda Team) who improved by three positions from FP1 to end the day ninth.

Hafizh Syahrin (Monster Yamaha Tech 3) ensured he has a provisional automatic Q2 spot in FP2, the Malaysian rider finished the day an impressive tenth fastest, building on his solid FP1 session.

Friday Practice Results

Pos. Rider Num Nation Team Constructor Time/Gap
1 LORENZO Jorge 99 SPA Ducati Team Ducati 1'38.930
2 IANNONE Andrea 29 ITA Team Suzuki Ecstar Suzuki 0.107
3 VINALES Maverick 25 SPA Movistar Yamaha MotoGP Yamaha 0.492
4 DOVIZIOSO Andrea 4 ITA Ducati Team Ducati 0.513
5 ROSSI Valentino 46 ITA Movistar Yamaha MotoGP Yamaha 0.526
6 CRUTCHLOW Cal 35 GBR LCR Honda Honda 0.528
7 PETRUCCI Danilo 9 ITA Alma Pramac Racing Ducati 0.689
8 ZARCO Johann 5 FRA Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Yamaha 0.703
9 PEDROSA Dani 26 SPA Repsol Honda Team Honda 0.725
10 SYAHRIN Hafizh 55 MAL Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Yamaha 0.852
11 RABAT Tito 53 SPA Reale Avintia Racing Ducati 0.921
12 MARQUEZ Marc 93 SPA Repsol Honda Team Honda 0.952
13 KALLIO Mika 36 FIN Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM 1.074
14 BAUTISTA Alvaro 19 SPA Angel Nieto Team Ducati 1.335
15 SMITH Bradley 38 GBR Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM 1.379
16 MILLER Jack 43 AUS Alma Pramac Racing Ducati 1.380
17 ESPARGARO Aleix 41 SPA Aprilia Racing Team Gresini Aprilia 1.458
18 RINS Alex 42 SPA Team Suzuki Ecstar Suzuki 1.469
19 NAKAGAMI Takaaki 30 JPN LCR Honda Honda 1.520
20 ESPARGARO Pol 44 SPA Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM 1.578
21 SIMEON Xavier 10 BEL Reale Avintia Racing Ducati 1.767
22 MORBIDELLI Franco 21 ITA EG 0,0 Marc VDS Honda 1.798
23 REDDING Scott 45 GBR Aprilia Racing Team Gresini Aprilia 1.885
24 LUTHI Tom 12 SWI EG 0,0 Marc VDS Honda 2.045
25 GUINTOLI Sylvain 50 FRA Suzuki Test Team Suzuki 2.299
26 ABRAHAM Karel 17 CZE Angel Nieto Team Ducati 2.431

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