Crutchlow on Top after Friday Practice in Italy

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Cal Crutchlow led a closely matched top ten as free practice got underway on Friday ahead of the Italian Grand Prix at Mugello. The Briton set the pace in scorching conditions during FP2 with less than half a second covering the ten riders currently holding a Q2 spot going into Saturday.

After suffering a motocross injury in the build-up to the race, much of the focus was on home favourite Valentino Rossi and the Yamaha rider appeared to enjoy a trouble-free day, even if he didn’t light up the timing screens. Rossi, who later complained of arm pain during FP2, was fourteenth fastest and will expect to move forward tomorrow morning.

His team-mate had an eventful day with Maverick Vinales also walking away from the afternoon session in a great deal of pain. The championship leader lost the front end of his Yamaha after running wide through Arrabbiata and had to have his arm bandaged as a result of the fall. Although he didn’t make the top ten this afternoon, Vinales’ FP1 pace was enough to secure him fifth overall.

Crutchlow would ultimately top the times though with a 1:47.365, edging out FP1 pacesetter Andrea Dovizioso who impressed throughout the day. Jonas Folger leapt to third in the dying seconds with Ducati wildcard Michele Pirro holding on to fourth thanks to his second-fastest time from the morning, just ahead of Vinales.

Johann Zarco was sixth ahead of Dani Pedrosa while a trio of Ducatis rounded out the top ten, Hector Barbera and Alvaro Bautista edging out Jorge Lorenzo on their 2016-spec machines. Besides Rossi, the other notable absentee from the top ten was Marc Marquez with the reigning champion winding up thirteenth after running used tyres late in FP2.


2017 Gran Premio d’Italia Oakley: Free Practice Times

PosRiderConstructorTeamBest Time 
135. Cal CrutchlowHondaLCR Honda1:47.365FP2
24. Andrea DoviziosoDucatiDucati Team1:47.394FP1
394. Jonas FolgerYamahaMonster Yamaha Tech 31:47.543FP2
451. Michele PirroDucatiDucati Team1:47.595FP1
525. Maverick VinalesYamahaMovistar Yamaha MotoGP1:47.669FP1
65. Johann ZarcoYamahaMonster Yamaha Tech 31:47.674FP1
726. Dani PedrosaHondaRepsol Honda Team1:47.699FP2
88. Hector BarberaDucatiReale Avintia Racing1:47.708FP1
919. Alvaro BautistaDucatiPull&Bear Aspar Team1:47.728FP2
1099. Jorge LorenzoDucatiDucati Team1:47.747FP1
1129. Andrea IannoneSuzukiTeam Suzuki ECSTAR1:47.807FP2
129. Danilo PetrucciDucatiOCTO Pramac Racing1:47.950FP2
1393. Marc MarquezHondaRepsol Honda Team1:47.980FP1
1446. Valentino RossiYamahaMovistar Yamaha MotoGP1:48.000FP2
1545. Scott ReddingDucatiOCTO Pramac Racing1:48.111FP2
1641. Aleix EspargaroApriliaAprilia Racing Team Gresini1:48.129FP2
1743. Jack MillerHondaEG 0,0 Marc VDS1:48.560FP2
1853. Tito RabatHondaEG 0,0 Marc VDS1:48.664FP2
1976. Loris BazDucatiReale Avintia Racing1:48.751FP2
2022. Sam LowesApriliaAprilia Racing Team Gresini1:48.842FP2
2117. Karel AbrahamDucatiPull&Bear Aspar Team1:48.925FP2
2244. Pol EspargaroKTMRed Bull KTM Factory Racing1:49.524FP2
2338. Bradley SmithKTMRed Bull KTM Factory Racing1:49.640FP2
2450. Sylvain GuintoliSuzukiTeam Suzuki ECSTAR1:50.054FP2