Andrea Dovizioso gave Ducati the perfect start to their home Grand Prix by topping both Friday practice sessions at Mugello. The Italian was a tenth of a second clear of reigning champion Marc Marquez as Ducati go in search of a first premier class victory since 2010.
Dovizioso hit the front in the closing minutes of Friday’s second session to edge out Marquez and although single lap pace doesn’t appear to be an issue, Andrea admits he still needs to tweak his GP15 before he is confident of figuring in the closing stages of Sunday’s race.
“I am very happy with how this weekend has started for us and above all with the time I set at the end of the session. We are quick and this is fundamental in the search for the best set-up. We are still carrying out some tests in order to improve certain aspects of the Desmosedici GP15 that will allow us to be competitive right until the end of the race. Now we must concentrate on the analysis of the data so that we can have a clear starting-point to work on for tomorrow.”
Marquez looked much more comfortable on his Honda RC213V to finish second while Jorge Lorenzo was at his ominous best during his race preparation this afternoon. The Movistar Yamaha rider pipped Andrea Iannone to third while Bradley Smith took the honour of top Briton and leading satellite rider in fifth, a tenth ahead of compatriot Cal Crutchlow.
Aleix Espargaro put the pain of his injured finger behind him to take seventh while Scott Redding gave himself a confidence boost with eighth, just ahead of championship leader Valentino Rossi and former Moto2 rival Pol Espargaro.
2015 GRAN PREMIO D’ITALIA TIM – FRIDAY PRACTICE CLASSIFICATION
|1||4. Andrea Dovizioso||Ducati||Ducati Team||1:47.479|
|2||93. Marc Marquez||Honda||Repsol Honda Team||1:47.643|
|3||99. Jorge Lorenzo||Yamaha||Movistar Yamaha MotoGP||1:47.852|
|4||29. Andrea Iannone||Ducati||Ducati Team||1:47.940|
|5||38. Bradley Smith||Yamaha||Monster Yamaha Tech 3||1:48.038|
|6||35. Cal Crutchlow||Honda||CWM LCR Honda||1:48.124|
|7||41. Aleix Espargaro||Suzuki||Team SUZUKI ECSTAR||1:48.137|
|8||45. Scott Redding||Honda||Estrella Galicia 0,0 Marc VDS||1:48.164|
|9||46. Valentino Rossi||Yamaha||Movistar Yamaha MotoGP||1:48.211|
|10||44. Pol Espargaro||Yamaha||Monster Yamaha Tech 3||1:48.283|
|11||68. Yonny Hernandez||Ducati||Pramac Racing||1:48.304|
|12||51. Michele Pirro||Ducati||Ducati Team||1:48.317|
|13||9. Danilo Petrucci||Ducati||Pramac Racing||1:48.419|
|14||26. Dani Pedrosa||Honda||Repsol Honda Team||1:48.435|
|15||25. Maverick Vinales||Suzuki||Team SUZUKI ECSTAR||1:48.493|
|16||8. Hector Barbera||Ducati||Avintia Racing||1:48.675|
|17||6. Stefan Bradl||Yamaha Forward||Athina Forward Racing||1:48.694|
|18||17. Karel Abraham||Honda||AB Motoracing||1:48.851|
|19||43. Jack Miller||Honda||CWM LCR Honda||1:49.030|
|20||69. Nicky Hayden||Honda||Aspar MotoGP Team||1:49.261|
|21||76. Loris Baz||Yamaha Forward||Athina Forward Racing||1:49.661|
|22||63. Mike Di Meglio||Ducati||Avintia Racing||1:49.729|
|23||19. Alvaro Bautista||Aprilia||Aprilia Racing Team Gresini||1:49.741|
|24||50. Eugene Laverty||Honda||Aspar MotoGP Team||1:49.815|
|25||15. Alex de Angelis||ART||Octo IodaRacing Team||1:50.477|
|26||33. Marco Melandri||Aprilia||Aprilia Racing Team Gresini||1:51.800|