Petrucci tops Friday times at Misano

Danilo Petrucci
Danilo Petrucci

Danilo Petrucci (Octo Pramac Racing) stole the headlines on Day 1 at the Gran Premio Tribul Mastercard di San Marino e della Riviera di Rimini, taking to the top late on in the final stages of FP2 as a top ten shootout got underway. Maverick Vinales (Movistar Yamaha MotoGP) took second by only 0.005 seconds, with Andrea Dovizioso (Ducati Team) – the Championship leader – only another 0.058 further back. Dovizioso was also third quickest in FP1.

With the weather forecast for the rest of the weekend looking changeable, the grid were looking to get into that top ten for provisional direct entry into Q2 qualifying. After the day dawned damp, conditions were good for slicks in FP1 but improved in FP2, setting the stage for a good battle in the final minutes.

Behind the top three in that battle, it remained incredibly tight: Dani Pedrosa (Repsol Honda Team) was only 0.052 off third and just over a tenth off the top, with the 2016 winner also heading the timesheets briefly towards the end of the day’s action. He headed teammate Marc Marquez, who went down in a fast but low drama lowside at Turn 16 near the end of the second session – just getting back out on his second bike and completing the top five. Marquez was quickest in FP1, however.

Another crasher was LCR Honda’s Cal Crutchlow, who crashed at Turn 15, but the Brit was able to rejoin and ended Day 1 in an impressive P6 despite struggling with a finger injury sustained ahead of the event. Michele Pirro – Ducati test rider – was impressive once again after going second in FP1, taking P7 by the end of action on Friday. Jorge Lorenzo (Ducati Team) took P8, having run second for some time before the times tumbled even further.

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Andrea Iannone (Team Suzuk Ecstar) had a solid start to his home GP in ninth, with the Italian well set should the weather change on Saturday. The top ten was completed by another impressive performance, this time from EG 0,0 Marc VDS rider Tito Rabat.

Aleix Espargaro (Aprilia Racing Team Gresini) took eleventh overall despite a crash in FP1, heading another crasher on Day 1 – Monster Yamaha Tech 3 rookie Johann Zarco. Alvaro Bautista (Pull&Bear Aspar Team) took P13 and edged out Reale Avinta Racing duo Loris Baz and Hector Barbera, who completed the top fifteen.

Friday Results

Pos. Rider Num Nation Team Constructor Time/Gap
1 PETRUCCI Danilo 9 ITA Octo Pramac Racing Ducati 1'33.231
2 VINALES Maverick 25 SPA Movistar Yamaha MotoGP Yamaha 0.005
3 DOVIZIOSO Andrea 4 ITA Ducati Team Ducati 0.063
4 PEDROSA Dani 26 SPA Repsol Honda Team Honda 0.115
5 MARQUEZ Marc 93 SPA Repsol Honda Team Honda 0.244
6 CRUTCHLOW Cal 35 GBR LCR Honda Honda 0.314
7 PIRRO Michele 51 ITA Ducati Test Team Ducati 0.360
8 LORENZO Jorge 99 SPA Ducati Team Ducati 0.383
9 IANNONE Andrea 29 ITA Team Suzuki Ecstar Suzuki 0.509
10 RABAT Tito 53 SPA Team EG 0,0 Marc VDS Honda 0.589
11 ESPARGARO Aleix 41 SPA Aprilia Racing Team Gresini Aprilia 0.601
12 ZARCO Johann 5 FRA Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Yamaha 0.683
13 BAUTISTA Alvaro 19 SPA Pull&Bear Aspar Team Ducati 0.706
14 BAZ Loris 76 FRA Reale Avintia Racing Ducati 0.823
15 BARBERA Hector 8 SPA Reale Avintia Racing Ducati 0.906
16 REDDING Scott 45 GBR Octo Pramac Racing Ducati 1.035
17 FOLGER Jonas 94 GER Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Yamaha 1.091
18 MILLER Jack 43 AUS Team EG 0,0 Marc VDS Honda 1.180
19 ESPARGARO Pol 44 SPA Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM 1.268
20 ABRAHAM Karel 17 CZE Pull&Bear Aspar Team Ducati 1.447
21 SMITH Bradley 38 GBR Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM 1.611
22 LOWES Sam 22 GBR Aprilia Racing Team Gresini Aprilia 1.672
23 RINS Alex 42 SPA Team Suzuki Ecstar Suzuki 1.821

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