Dovizioso and Ducati Make Friday Headlines at Brno


Andrea Dovizioso (Photo Credit: MotoGP.com)

Andrea Dovizioso finished the opening day of practice at Brno as the fastest rider as MotoGP returned to action following its summer break. The Italian, who trails championship leader Marc Marquez by six points, rose to the top in a frantic finish to FP2 as most of the field opted for a qualifying-style run on a soft rear tyre.

Ducati made as many headlines for their activity in the garage as on the track this afternoon with the debut of a new fairing on Jorge Lorenzo’s bike drawing plenty of attention. With fifteen minutes remaining, the covers were pulled away and the new look GP17 broke cover with the fairing bearing striking similarities to the ‘Hammerhead’ design run in pre-season. Despite the upgrade, Lorenzo ended the day in fifteenth.

Dovizioso didn’t run the new fairing at any stage but didn’t appear disadvantaged, clocking a 1:56.332 to finish four tenths of Jonas Folger, a previous winner here in Moto2 and Moto3. Danilo Petrucci also ran a soft rear tyre to grab third while Johann Zarco finished the day in fourth after topping a rain-affected first session. Two more Ducatis rounded out the top six with Hector Barbera and Scott Redding impressing on their 2016-spec machines.

Dani Pedrosa had set the pace in the early stages of the session on harder rubber but with others prioritising a qualifying effort, the Spaniard slipped to seventh, just ahead of 2016 winner Cal Crutchlow. Aleix Espargaro dragged his Aprilia up to eighth with championship frontrunners Marc Marquez and Maverick Vinales either side of the Q2 cut-off in tenth and eleventh. Like his title rivals, Valentino Rossi opted against a late time attack and heads into Saturday in fourteenth spot.

 

2017 Monster Energy Grand Prix Ceske Republiky – Friday Practice

PosRiderConstructorTeamBest Time 
14. Andrea DoviziosoDucatiDucati Team1:56.332FP2
294. Jonas FolgerYamahaMonster Yamaha Tech 31:56.730FP2
39. Danilo PetrucciDucatiOCTO Pramac Racing1:56.751FP2
45. Johann ZarcoYamahaMonster Yamaha Tech 31:56.862FP2
58. Hector BarberaDucatiReale Avintia Racing1:56.864FP2
645. Scott ReddingDucatiOCTO Pramac Racing1:56.905FP2
726. Dani PedrosaHondaRepsol Honda Team1:56.933FP2
835. Cal CrutchlowHondaLCR Honda1:56.961FP2
941. Aleix EspargaroApriliaAprilia Racing Team Gresini1:57.019FP2
1093. Marc MarquezHondaRepsol Honda Team1:57.209FP2
1125. Maverick VinalesYamahaMovistar Yamaha MotoGP1:57.289FP2
1219. Alvaro BautistaDucatiPull&Bear Aspar Team1:57.314FP2
1344. Pol EspargaroKTMRed Bull KTM Factory Racing1:57.378FP2
1446. Valentino RossiYamahaMovistar Yamaha MotoGP1:57.396FP2
1599. Jorge LorenzoDucatiDucati Team1:57.637FP2
1617. Karel AbrahamDucatiPull&Bear Aspar Team1:57.869FP2
1776. Loris BazDucatiReale Avintia Racing1:57.992FP2
1842. Alex RinsSuzukiTeam Suzuki ECSTAR1:58.042FP2
1943. Jack MillerHondaEG 0,0 Marc VDS1:58.179FP2
2029. Andrea IannoneSuzukiTeam Suzuki ECSTAR1:58.194FP2
2153. Tito RabatHondaEG 0,0 Marc VDS1:58.437FP2
2222. Sam LowesApriliaAprilia Racing Team Gresini1:58.638FP2
2338. Bradley SmithKTMRed Bull KTM Factory Racing1:59.382FP2