Dovizioso Leads Dominant Ducati 1-2 in Austria

Andrea Dovizioso led a factory Ducati 1-2 in Friday practice ahead of the Austrian Grand Prix as the Bologna squad’s testing domination at the Red Bull Ring continued into the race weekend. Dovizioso ended the afternoon a quarter of a second clear of teammate Andrea Iannone but the chasing pack, led by Suzuki’s Maverick Vinales, trailed over eight tenths behind.

In surprisingly cold conditions in Spielberg, Vinales topped the FP1 timesheets but his 1:25.866 was beaten within the opening four minutes of the second session as Ducati stamped their authority. Before the end of their first runs, both Iannone and Dovizioso had actually broken into the 1:24s with the lap times tumbling as the track evolved.

With a couple of minutes to go, the competition looked to be closing up but Ducati stretched clear again, Dovizioso improving to a 1:23.617 while Iannone’s 1:23.855 saw him claim a comfortable second. The outgoing Ducati rider appeared to make an enemy of Eugene Laverty in the process though with the two seen involved in an angry exchange as they lined up for their practice starts.

Vinales backed up his morning pace with third while Valentino Rossi gave Yamaha hope that they may still prove competitive around a circuit unsuited to their YZR-M1, finishing fourth fastest on a 1:24.483. Cal Crutchlow was the leading Honda rider in fifth ahead of another pair of Ducatis, Danilo Petrucci and Hector Barbera taking sixth and seventh on their satellite machines, while Jorge Lorenzo could only manage eighth after struggling in the cooler conditions.

Michele Pirro was ninth on his latest wildcard outing but championship leader Marc Marquez languished down in tenth on a terrible day for Repsol Honda. Dani Pedrosa’s day never picked up after a crash at the penultimate corner in FP1 and his afternoon ended down in a lowly 19th.

2016 NeroGiardini Motorrad Grand Prix von Osterreich (Friday Classification)

PosRiderConstructorTeamBest Time
14. Andrea DOVIZIOSODucatiDucati Team1:23.617
229. Andrea IANNONEDucatiDucati Team1:23.855
325. Maverick VINALESSuzukiTeam SUZUKI ECSTAR1:24.471
446. Valentino ROSSIYamahaMovistar Yamaha MotoGP1:24.483
535. Cal CRUTCHLOWHondaLCR Honda1:24.688
69. Danilo PETRUCCIDucatiOcto Pramac Yakhnich1:24.866
78. Hector BARBERADucatiAvintia Racing1:24.956
899. Jorge LORENZOYamahaMovistar Yamaha MotoGP1:24.988
951. Michele PIRRODucatiDucati Team1:24.988
1093. Marc MARQUEZHondaRepsol Honda Team1:25.039
1168. Yonny HERNANDEZDucatiPull & Bear Aspar Ducati Team1:25.042
1245. Scott REDDINGDucatiOcto Pramac Yakhnich1:25.140
1344. Pol ESPARGAROYamahaMonster Yamaha Tech 31:25.221
1443. Jack MILLERHondaEG 0,0 Marc VDS1:25.321
1553. Tito RABATHondaEG 0,0 Marc VDS1:25.770
1619. Alvaro BAUTISTAApriliaAprilia Racing Team Gresini1:25.882
1738. Bradley SMITHYamahaMonster Yamaha Tech 31:25.941
1841. Aleix ESPARGAROSuzukiTeam SUZUKI ECSTAR1:25.945
1926. Dani PEDROSAHondaRepsol Honda Team1:26.130
206. Stefan BRADLApriliaAprilia Racing Team Gresini1:26.149
2150. Eugene LAVERTYDucatiPull & Bear Aspar Ducati Team1:26.469
2276. Loris BAZDucatiAvintia Racing1:26.491