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Motegi MotoGP: Dovizioso leads Friday practice, Marquez crashes

Andrea Dovizioso Ducati Motegi MotoGP 2017

Ducati rider Andrea Dovizioso topped the timesheets in second practice for MotoGP's Japanese Grand Prix at Motegi, as Marc Marquez crashed late in the session.

With conditions still poor, Marquez's practice one benchmark of 1m55.418s went unbeaten in the early stages of the afternoon's running.

That was until Dovizioso posted a 1m54.877s a little over 15 minutes into the session, surpassing Marquez's morning time by six tenths of a second and opening up a 1.1s cushion on the field.

Tech3 Yamaha's Johann Zarco slashed Dovizioso's advantage to a little under six tenths with 15 minutes to go as he leapt into second, before Marquez managed to come within 0.043s of beating his title rival.

But, shortly after moving into second, Marquez crashed his works Honda at the Turn 4/5 esses, bringing a premature end to his session and ensuring Dovizioso finished the day on top.

Despite his late fall, Marquez ended up second-fastest, as Aprilia's Aleix Espargaro made a late jump to third with a time 0.184s shy of Dovizioso.

Jorge Lorenzo was fourth on the second factory Ducati, 0.357s behind his team-mate, with Zarco once again ending up as the best Yamaha rider in fifth place.

Danilo Petrucci made it three GP17s in the top six aboard his Pramac example, followed by Andrea Iannone's Suzuki - now sporting the firm's new 'moustache' fairing.

Alex Rins Suzuki Motegi MotoGP 2017

Honda pair Dani Pedrosa and Cal Crutchlow and the second Suzuki of Alex Rins rounded out the top 10.

It was another difficult session for works Yamaha riders Maverick Vinales and Valentino Rossi, who ended up 11th and 12th, 1.499s and 1.588s off the pace respectively.

Rossi only just beat Tech3 novice Kohta Nozane by 0.018s, as Jonas Folger's replacement once more ended up comfortably quickest of the contingent of local riders.

Besides Marquez, Bradley Smith and Scott Redding were the other riders to suffer crashes, both at Turn 11 at the end of the long back straight.

FP2 times

1Andrea DoviziosoDucati1m54.877s-17
2Marc MarquezHonda1m54.920s0.043s16
3Aleix EspargaroAprilia1m55.061s0.184s16
4Jorge LorenzoDucati1m55.234s0.357s18
5Johann ZarcoTech3 Yamaha1m55.468s0.591s18
6Danilo PetrucciPramac Ducati1m55.541s0.664s19
7Andrea IannoneSuzuki1m55.614s0.737s20
8Dani PedrosaHonda1m55.773s0.896s20
9Cal CrutchlowLCR Honda1m56.149s1.272s19
10Alex RinsSuzuki1m56.229s1.352s18
11Maverick VinalesYamaha1m56.376s1.499s18
12Valentino RossiYamaha1m56.435s1.558s18
13Kohta NozaneTech3 Yamaha1m56.453s1.576s18
14Scott ReddingPramac Ducati1m56.680s1.803s13
15Karel AbrahamAspar Ducati1m56.776s1.899s16
16Alvaro BautistaAspar Ducati1m56.827s1.950s21
17Bradley SmithKTM1m56.853s1.976s15
18Pol EspargaroKTM1m56.872s1.995s15
19Sam LowesAprilia1m57.250s2.373s17
20Loris BazAvintia Ducati1m57.259s2.382s17
21Hector BarberaAvintia Ducati1m57.540s2.663s20
22Hiroshi AoyamaMVDS Honda1m57.548s2.671s18
23Tito RabatMVDS Honda1m57.645s2.768s20
24Katsuyuki NakasugaYamaha1m58.341s3.464s17

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