Vinales tops first MotoGP practice of 2017 season

After Andrea Dovizioso (Ducati Team) was quickest out the box, it was a familiar scene from preseason by the end of the first track action at Losail International Circuit – Maverick Vinales (Movistar Yamaha MotoGP) on top and Repsol Honda Team’s reigning Champion Marc Marquez in second, 0.596 off P1.

Maverick Vinales led the way ahead of Marc Marquez and Dani Pedrosa in Free Practice 1

67% humidity and a temperature of 22 degrees Celsius greeted the grid on Day 1, with a single practice session on Thursday at the Grand Prix of Qatar due to the altered timetable.

Vinales’ stunning chart topper of a lap was a 1:54.316 on the soft tyre – only four tenths off the pole lap record set by then-rookie Jorge Lorenzo on his MotoGP™ debut in 2008, making a record-breaking weekend look even more likely.

Another scene familiar from preseason was Dani Pedrosa (Repsol Honda Team), who was third in the session – after the ‘Baby Samurai’ was the only rider other than Vinales to feature in the top five at every test in 2017.

Jonas Folger (Monster Yamaha Tech 3) had yet another impressive session, fastest rookie and taking P4 on the timesheets on a final dash – with Jorge Lorenzo (Ducati Team) completing the top five as the quickest Ducati on track in his GP weekend debut in red.

Another incredible performance came from Reale Avintia Racing rider Loris Baz, who shot up into the top six on his final lap. LCR Honda rider Cal Crutchlow recovered from an early mechanical problem to take seventh, just ahead of the second fastest rookie Johann Zarco (Monster Yamaha Tech 3).

Valentino Rossi (Movistar Yamaha MotoGP) was ninth quickest after a late improvement – but 1.483 off his new teammate Vinales and looking for a good step forward as the ‘Doctor’ managed on Day 2 of the #QatarTest. Aprilia Racing Team Gresini rider Aleix Espargaro completed the top ten.

There were crashes in FP1 for Sam Lowes (Aprilia Racing Team Gresini), Jack Miller (Estrella Galicia 0,0 Marc VDS) and Karel Abraham (Pull&Bear Aspar Team), with all riders ok.

The MotoGP™ field are back out on Friday and open the night at 18:00 local time (GMT +3).

Results

Pos.

Rider

Num

Nation

Team

Constructor

Time/Gap

1

Vinales Maverick

25

SPA

Yamaha Factory Racing Team

Yamaha

1'54.316

2

Marquez Marc

93

SPA

Repsol Honda Team

Honda

0.596

3

Pedrosa Dani

26

SPA

Repsol Honda Team

Honda

0.894

4

Folger Jonas

94

GER

Monster Yamaha Tech 3

Yamaha

1.271

5

Lorenzo Jorge

99

SPA

Ducati Team

Ducati

1.291

6

Baz Loris

76

FRA

Reale Avintia Racing

Ducati

1.308

7

Crutchlow Cal

35

GBR

LCR Honda

Honda

1.323

8

Zarco Johann

5

FRA

Monster Yamaha Tech 3

Yamaha

1.476

9

Rossi Valentino

46

ITA

Yamaha Factory Racing Team

Yamaha

1.483

10

Espargaro Aleix

41

SPA

Aprilia Racing Team Gresini

Aprilia

1.556

11

Dovizioso Andrea

4

ITA

Ducati Team

Ducati

1.557

12

Redding Scott

45

GBR

Octo Pramac Racing

Ducati

1.684

13

Iannone Andrea

29

ITA

Team Suzuki Ecstar

Suzuki

1.711

14

Bautista Alvaro

19

SPA

Pull&Bear Aspar Team

Ducati

1.812

15

Abraham Karel

17

CZE

Pull&Bear Aspar Team

Ducati

2.083

16

Petrucci Danilo

9

ITA

Octo Pramac Racing

Ducati

2.103

17

Miller Jack

43

AUS

Team EG 0,0 Marc VDS

Honda

2.137

18

Rins Alex

42

SPA

Team Suzuki Ecstar

Suzuki

2.186

19

Rabat Tito

53

SPA

Team EG 0,0 Marc VDS

Honda

2.409

20

Barbera Hector

8

SPA

Reale Avintia Racing

Ducati

2.409

21

Espargaro Pol

44

SPA

Red Bull KTM Factory Racing

KTM

3.314

22

Lowes Sam

22

GBR

Aprilia Racing Team Gresini

Aprilia

3.571

23

Smith Bradley

38

GBR

Red Bull KTM Factory Racing

KTM

3.798

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