Dovi sets a new speed record as Iannone stuns Mugello

Iannone pops wheelie
Iannone pops wheelie

It was a dramatic Friday at the Gran Premio d’Italia Oakley, with some big headlines, a shake-up on the timesheets and a record broken as Andrea Dovizioso (Ducati Team) became the fastest man in MotoGP when he set a new top speed record of 356.4km/h – up from the previous best of 354.9km/h set by compatriot Andrea Iannone in 2016. Team Suzuki Ecstar’s Iannone was, however, the quickest man overall on Day 1 at Mugello – 0.387 ahead of Maverick Vinales (Movistar Yamaha MotoGP), with reigning Champion Marc Marquez (Repsol Honda Team) less than a tenth further back to make it three different bikes in the top three. Marquez did crash on Friday and suffered a run off, rider ok, but some bigger headlines instead came from two Red Flags in FP2.

The first went out following a high-speed crash for Michele Pirro (Ducati Team) into Turn 1, with the Borgo Panigale factory’s test rider tumbling through the gravel following a highside. After being treated by the track, it was confirmed that Pirro was conscious and the Italian was then transferred to Ospedale Careggi in Florence for further checks.

Action then got back underway, but not for long – with Dovizioso then suffering a mechanical problem into Turn 1 and flames briefly appearing around his Desmosedici. After going third in the morning and setting the fastest top speed, the incident put a dent in the day for the 2017 Italian GP winner and he was P13 on the combined timesheets on Friday – with fellow big name Dani Pedrosa (Repsol Honda Team) also out of provisional Q2 graduation in P14, 0.022 off the Italian.

Back at the top behind the fastest trio and the headline incidents, it was a solid day for top Independent Team rider Johann Zarco (Monster Yamaha Tech 3) in fourth overall, with Jack Miller (Alma Pramac Racing) confirming more good speed on the Ducati to complete the top five just 0.038 in arrears. Cal Crutchlow (LCR Honda Castrol) was also in close company, however, just 0.030 behind the Queenslander to take P6 and show some good pace as he gets back to full power following his highside at Le Mans.

Home favorite Valentino Rossi (Movistar Yamaha MotoGP) closed the gaps up even more as he took seventh by only 0.012, edging out VR46 Academy and EG 0,0 Marc VDS rookie Franco Morbidelli by less than half a tenth on home turf. Danilo Petrucci (Alma Pramac Racing) made for more home delight in ninth, with the top ten completed by multiple-time Mugello winner Jorge Lorenzo (Ducati Team).

Friday Practice Times

Pos. Rider Num Nation Team Constructor Time/Gap
1 IANNONE Andrea 29 ITA Team Suzuki Ecstar Suzuki 1'46.735
2 VINALES Maverick 25 SPA Movistar Yamaha MotoGP Yamaha 0.387
3 MARQUEZ Marc 93 SPA Repsol Honda Team Honda 0.483
4 ZARCO Johann 5 FRA Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Yamaha 0.630
5 MILLER Jack 43 AUS Alma Pramac Racing Ducati 0.668
6 CRUTCHLOW Cal 35 GBR LCR Honda Honda 0.698
7 ROSSI Valentino 46 ITA Movistar Yamaha MotoGP Yamaha 0.710
8 MORBIDELLI Franco 21 ITA EG 0,0 Marc VDS Honda 0.762
9 PETRUCCI Danilo 9 ITA Alma Pramac Racing Ducati 0.834
10 LORENZO Jorge 99 SPA Ducati Team Ducati 0.956
11 PIRRO Michele 51 ITA Ducati Team Ducati 1.068
12 NAKAGAMI Takaaki 30 JPN LCR Honda Honda 1.166
13 DOVIZIOSO Andrea 4 ITA Ducati Team Ducati 1.167
14 PEDROSA Dani 26 SPA Repsol Honda Team Honda 1.189
15 SYAHRIN Hafizh 55 MAL Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Yamaha 1.211
16 RINS Alex 42 SPA Team Suzuki Ecstar Suzuki 1.261
17 ESPARGARO Aleix 41 SPA Aprilia Racing Team Gresini Aprilia 1.378
18 RABAT Tito 53 SPA Reale Avintia Racing Ducati 1.486
19 ESPARGARO Pol 44 SPA Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM 1.534
20 REDDING Scott 45 GBR Aprilia Racing Team Gresini Aprilia 1.723
21 BAUTISTA Alvaro 19 SPA Angel Nieto Team Ducati 1.789
22 ABRAHAM Karel 17 CZE Angel Nieto Team Ducati 1.838
23 SMITH Bradley 38 GBR Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM 2.309
24 LUTHI Tom 12 SWI EG 0,0 Marc VDS Honda 2.347
25 SIMEON Xavier 10 BEL Reale Avintia Racing Ducati 3.022

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