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MotoGP Qatar test: Ducati's Dovizioso starts final running on top

Andrea Dovizioso, Ducati, Qatar MotoGP test 2017

Ducati rider Andrea Dovizioso topped the timesheets in a crash-filled first day of the final pre-season MotoGP test in Qatar.

Dovizioso lapped the Losail circuit, widely recognised as a happy hunting ground for Ducati, in 1m54.818s, coming up just 0.008 seconds short of the benchmark time from last year's pre-season test.

That was set by Jorge Lorenzo on his Yamaha, and it was the Spaniard - now a Ducati rider - who Dovizioso deposed with a little over two hours left on the clock.

The Ducati one-two was not to last as Yamaha's Maverick Vinales, who topped testing at Sepang and Phillip Island, moved up to second place, ending the session 0.361s adrift of Dovizioso.

With an hour to go, Lorenzo was then demoted to fifth by LCR Honda's Cal Crutchlow and Karel Abraham on Aspar's GP15 Ducati.

Folger, Tech3, testing

Tech3 Yamaha's Jonas Folger maintained his strong form from Phillip Island to take sixth, the rookie heading works rider Valentino Rossi, Honda man Dani Pedrosa and his own team-mate Johann Zarco.

Reigning champion Marc Marquez was only 12th, 1.081s off the pace, his day punctuated by two crashes.

The Spaniard first fell midway through the session shortly after heading out with Honda's new fairing and then crashed at Turn 2 in the final hour.

Moto2 graduates Alex Rins (Suzuki) and Sam Lowes (Aprilia) also fell at that spot in quick succession, as did Pol Espargaro (KTM), for whom it was the second crash of the day.

Rins and Lowes' more experienced team-mates Andrea Iannone and Aleix Espargaro had earlier falls of their own, Iannone finishing the session in 10th place as the last rider within a second of Dovizioso.

Pol Espargaro was the best of the KTMs in 19th place, with test rider Mika Kallio starting his week of running with the 22nd-fastest time and Bradley Smith rounding out the order, 3.936s off Dovizioso's pace.

DAY ONE TEST TIMES:

PosRiderTeamTimeGapLaps
1Andrea DoviziosoDucati1m54.819s-36
2Maverick VinalesYamaha1m55.179s0.360s60
3Cal CrutchlowLCR Honda1m55.420s0.601s28
4Karel AbrahamAspar Ducati1m55.613s0.794s42
5Jorge LorenzoDucati1m55.616s0.797s46
6Jonas FolgerTech3 Yamaha1m55.640s0.821s37
7Valentino RossiYamaha1m55.679s0.860s48
8Dani PedrosaHonda1m55.692s0.873s38
9Johann ZarcoTech3 Yamaha1m55.705s0.886s54
10Andrea IannoneSuzuki1m55.751s0.932s41
11Danilo PetrucciPramac Ducati1m55.830s1.011s41
12Marc MarquezHonda1m55.899s1.080s39
13Aleix EspargaroAprilia1m55.916s1.097s43
14Jack MillerMVDS Honda1m56.017s1.198s59
15Scott ReddingPramac Ducati1m56.085s1.266s37
16Alvaro BautistaAspar Ducati1m56.116s1.297s43
17Loris BazAvintia Ducati1m56.193s1.374s31
18Alex RinsSuzuki1m56.589s1.770s48
19Pol EspargaroKTM1m56.665s1.846s46
20Sam LowesAprilia1m57.090s2.271s38
21Tito RabatMVDS Honda1m57.455s2.636s46
22Mika KallioKTM1m58.039s3.220s32
23Bradley SmithKTM1m58.755s3.936s46

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