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Misano MotoGP: Dovizioso leads practice, Marquez and Rossi midfield

Andrea Dovizioso

Ducati's Andrea Dovizioso set the pace in the opening MotoGP practice session at Misano, as both Marc Marquez and Valentino Rossi were outside the top 10.

Dovizioso led in the early stages of the 45-minute session, but he was demoted by both the Yamaha of Maverick Vinales and Honda's Marquez at the halfway mark.

Marquez's top time of 1m33.406s was then smashed by Jorge Lorenzo with seven minutes remaining, the Ducati rider going eighth tenths of a second faster.

Lorenzo's lead was shortlived, with his team-mate Dovizioso moving ahead thanks to two consecutive 1m32.6s laps.

He topped the session by 0.101s from LCR Honda's Cal Crutchlow, the Briton edging Vinales out by three hundredths.

Lorenzo ended up fourth, followed by Suzuki's Andrea Iannone and Pramac Ducati rider Jack Miller, who crashed at Turn 1 as the chequered flag fell.

Dani Pedrosa was six tenths off the pace in seventh on the best of the works Hondas, ahead of Johann Zarco's Tech3 Yamaha and Danilo Petrucci's Pramac Ducati.

Marc VDS Honda rider Franco Morbidelli impressed in 10th as both Marquez and Rossi did not switch to a fresh soft rear tyre in the end of the session and ended up only 13th and 15th respectively.

Ducati wildcard Michele Pirro, making his first MotoGP outing since his horror crash at Mugello on board a fourth GP18, was 16th, while Honda tester Stefan Bradl was 20th-fastest.

Pol Espargaro, returning from the injuries he sustained last month at Brno, was 21st, four tenths slower than KTM team-mate Bradley Smith.

Xavier Simeon, riding the injured Tito Rabat's Avintia Ducati GP17, was 23rd, with his own replacement Christophe Ponsson ending the session last, 7.4s off the pace - missing the 107% cutoff by a full second.

Hafizh Syahrin had a crash at the long Turn 10 right-hander and was 25th, only ahead of Ponsson.

FP1 times

1Andrea DoviziosoDucatiDucati1m32.608s-20
2Cal CrutchlowLCR HondaHonda1m32.709s0.101s20
3Maverick VinalesYamahaYamaha1m32.739s0.131s24
4Jorge LorenzoDucatiDucati1m32.807s0.199s19
5Andrea IannoneSuzukiSuzuki1m32.923s0.315s21
6Jack MillerPramac DucatiDucati1m33.193s0.585s19
7Dani PedrosaHondaHonda1m33.209s0.601s21
8Johann ZarcoTech3 YamahaYamaha1m33.241s0.633s20
9Danilo PetrucciPramac DucatiDucati1m33.255s0.647s21
10Franco MorbidelliMVDS HondaHonda1m33.304s0.696s18
11Scott ReddingApriliaAprilia1m33.322s0.714s18
12Alvaro BautistaAspar DucatiDucati1m33.404s0.796s22
13Marc MarquezHondaHonda1m33.406s0.798s22
14Alex RinsSuzukiSuzuki1m33.607s0.999s20
15Valentino RossiYamahaYamaha1m33.615s1.007s20
16Michele PirroDucatiDucati1m33.696s1.088s20
17Takaaki NakagamiLCR HondaHonda1m33.843s1.235s21
18Bradley SmithKTMKTM1m34.286s1.678s20
19Aleix EspargaroApriliaAprilia1m34.544s1.936s19
20Stefan BradlHondaHonda1m34.584s1.976s20
21Pol EspargaroKTMKTM1m34.614s2.006s18
22Thomas LuthiMVDS HondaHonda1m34.801s2.193s21
23Xavier SimeonAvintia DucatiDucati1m34.967s2.359s18
24Karel AbrahamAspar DucatiDucati1m35.077s2.469s17
25Hafizh SyahrinTech3 YamahaYamaha1m35.529s2.921s20
-Christophe PonssonAvintia DucatiDucati1m40.038s7.430s22

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