Dovizioso Leads Ducati 1-2-3 in Austria

Andrea Dovizioso - Red Bull Ring - FP1
Andrea Dovizioso - Photo Credit: Ducati

Andrea Dovizioso and Ducati demonstrated their strength around the Red Bull Ring by dominating the dry running on day one in Austria. The Bologna squad have won both races held in Spielberg since MotoGP’s return to the venue and look heavy favourites to do so again, with Dovizioso leading team-mate Jorge Lorenzo and Pramac’s Danilo Petrucci on Friday.

The opening day of running saw two heavily contrasting sessions with FP1 taking place in dry conditions, allowing Dovizioso to lap inside the race lap record, clocking a 1:23.830 with his final lap of the morning to edge out Lorenzo. The Spaniard had looked set to snatch the top spot away from the long-time leader but ultimately had to settle for second, three tenths clear of Petrucci in third.

A torrential downpour at the conclusion of Moto3 FP2 caused a delay to the afternoon session, with very limited running taking place in the early stages once the track had opened. Marc Marquez, who was the fastest non-Ducati runner in the dry, moved to the top of the timesheets in the wet, pipping Scott Redding by half a second after the Aprilia rider had led for much of the afternoon.

The downpour may yet prove bad news for Valentino Rossi with the Yamaha rider stranded outside the top ten after a technical problem early in FP1 limited his running. The final Q2 spots are provisionally held by 2016 winner Andrea Iannone, Honda pair Dani Pedrosa and Cal Crutchlow, as well as Tito Rabat, Johann Zarco and Maverick Vinales with the weather forecast for Free Practice 3 likely to play a pivotal role.


2018 eyetime Motorrad Grand Prix von Osterreich: (Friday Practice)

PosRiderConstructorTeamBest Time 
14. Andrea DoviziosoDucatiDucati Team1:23.830FP1
299. Jorge LorenzoDucatiDucati Team1:24.045FP1
39. Danilo PetrucciDucatiAlma Pramac Racing1:24.320FP1
493. Marc MarquezHondaRepsol Honda Team1:24.411FP1
529. Andrea IannoneSuzukiTeam Suzuki ECSTAR1:24.436FP1
626. Dani PedrosaHondaRepsol Honda Team1:24.474FP1
735. Cal CrutchlowHondaLCR Honda Castrol1:24.491FP1
853. Tito RabatDucatiReale Avintia Racing1:24.676FP1
95. Johann ZarcoYamahaMonster Yamaha Tech 31:24.767FP1
1025. Maverick VinalesYamahaMovistar Yamaha MotoGP1:24.835FP1
1146. Valentino RossiYamahaMovistar Yamaha MotoGP1:24.884FP1
1241. Aleix EspargaroApriliaAprilia Racing Team Gresini1:24.904FP1
1319. Alvaro BautistaDucatiAngel Nieto Team1:24.938FP1
1442. Alex RinsSuzukiTeam Suzuki ECSTAR1:24.939FP1
1538. Bradley SmithKTMRed Bull KTM Factory Racing1:24.973FP1
1630. Takaaki NakagamiHondaLCR Honda IDEMITSU1:25.011FP1
1721. Franco MorbidelliHondaEG 0,0 Marc VDS1:25.107FP1
1843. Jack MillerDucatiAlma Pramac Racing1:25.184FP1
1945. Scott ReddingApriliaAprilia Racing Team Gresini1:25.354FP1
2017. Karel AbrahamDucatiAngel Nieto Team1:25.541FP1
2155. Hafizh SyahrinYamahaMonster Yamaha Tech 31:25.594FP1
2210. Xavier SimeonDucatiReale Avintia Racing1:25.752FP1
2312. Thomas LuthiHondaEG 0,0 Marc VDS1:25.979FP1