Dovizioso Puts Ducati on Top in Austria

Andrea Dovizioso - Photo Credit: Ducati

Andrea Dovizioso set the practice pace for the second successive Friday as Ducati power made the difference on day one at the Red Bull Ring. The Italian outpaced Maverick Vinales by a quarter of a second in this afternoon’s second session but with a second covering the top sixteen overall, nobody is assured of a Q2 spot heading into tomorrow.

The day was disrupted by rain with Hector Barbera beating the showers to set the fastest time in the morning, clocking a 1:24.631, and the Avintia rider looked to be sitting pretty when the heavens opened shortly before the start of FP2. With wet patches around the circuit, especially at turn three, the lap times were much slower early in the afternoon but brighter skies led to a qualifying-style conclusion to the day’s running.

With a couple of minutes remaining, Johann Zarco and Jorge Lorenzo were trading fastest times but Vinales powered his way to the top, clocking a 1:24.280 with seconds remaining. The last word would go to Dovizioso though with the pre-race favourite chopping two tenths off the Yamaha rider’s time, making the most of the GP17’s top speed in the first half of the lap.

Dani Pedrosa climbed to third late on with Zarco and Lorenzo relegated to fourth and fifth while Barbera’s morning time remained good enough to keep him in the top six. Championship leader Marc Marquez, who predictably set the pace as the track dried out, fell to seventh with Cal Crutchlow and Aleix Espargaro just behind while Scott Redding completed the top for Pramac Ducati.


2017 NeroGiardini Motorrad Grand Prix von Osterreich: Friday Practice

PosRiderConstructorTeamBest Time 
14. Andrea DoviziosoDucatiDucati Team1:24.046FP2
225. Maverick VinalesYamahaMovistar Yamaha MotoGP1:24.280FP2
326. Dani PedrosaHondaRepsol Honda Team1:24.474FP2
45. Johann ZarcoYamahaMonster Yamaha Tech 31:24.522FP2
599. Jorge LorenzoDucatiDucati Team1:24.616FP2
68. Hector BarberaDucatiReale Avintia Racing1:24.631FP1
793. Marc MarquezHondaRepsol Honda Team1:24.649FP2
835. Cal CrutchlowHondaLCR Honda1:24.668FP2
941. Aleix EspargaroApriliaAprilia Racing Team Gresini1:24.726FP2
1045. Scott ReddingDucatiOCTO Pramac Racing1:24.765FP2
1119. Alvaro BautistaDucatiPull&Bear Aspar Team1:24.780FP2
1244. Pol EspargaroKTMRed Bull KTM Factory Racing1:24.859FP2
1346. Valentino RossiYamahaMovistar Yamaha MotoGP1:24.883FP2
1476. Loris BazDucatiReale Avintia Racing1:24.925FP2
159. Danilo PetrucciDucatiOCTO Pramac Racing1:24.935FP2
1694. Jonas FolgerYamahaMonster Yamaha Tech 31:24.992FP2
1729. Andrea IannoneSuzukiTeam Suzuki ECSTAR1:25.218FP2
1822. Sam LowesApriliaAprilia Racing Team Gresini1:25.258FP2
1936. Mika KallioKTMRed Bull KTM Factory Racing1:25.270FP2
2043. Jack MillerHondaEG 0,0 Marc VDS1:25.335FP2
2117. Karel AbrahamDucatiPull&Bear Aspar Team1:25.369FP2
2242. Alex RinsSuzukiTeam Suzuki ECSTAR1:25.452FP2
2353. Tito RabatHondaEG 0,0 Marc VDS1:25.616FP2
2438. Bradley SmithKTMRed Bull KTM Factory Racing1:25.664FP2