Lewis Duncan  |    |   0  |  10 August 2018

Andrea Dovizioso tops FP1, Rossi suffers technical issue

Ducati's Andrea Dovizioso topped a frantic MotoGP FP1 for the Austrian Grand Prix, while Valentino Rossi suffered a technical issue with his Yamaha. 

With forecasts threatening rain for this afternoon's FP2 and possibly for Saturday morning, a flurry of fast laps came in at the start of FP1 as the field made their bids for a place inside the Q2 places. 

Championship leader Marc Marquez set the early pace aboard his Honda with a 1:27.917s, though Pramac's Danilo Petrucci quickly usurped him with a 1:25.823s. 

Petrucci knocked more time off of his benchmark with a 1:25.400s, before Ducati stablemate Jorge Lorenzo edged ahead by two tenths, further improving into the first 1:24s lap of the day with a 1:24.838s.

Brno race winner and last year's Red Bull Ring victor Dovizioso took over from his teammate at the top of the timesheets with a 1:24.799s with 35 minutes of the session still remaining. 

Marquez twisted the knife to go almost four tenths clear of the field, but Dovizioso demoted the Spaniard as the session entered its final quarter with a 1:24.295s. 

The factory Ducati duo traded top spot in the closing seconds, with Lorenzo pipping a 1:24.098s from Dovizioso with a 1:24.045s. 

Dovizioso lit up the timing screens on his final lap, and went over two tenths clear of the field with a 1:23.830s. Lorenzo and Petrucci completed an all-Ducati top three in FP1. 

Marquez was fourth fastest, a tenths outside of Petrucci's effort, while Suzuki's Andrea Iannone headed Honda duo Dani Pedrosa and Cal Crutchlow in sixth. 

An early technical problem for Rossi on the pit straight left him with just one M1 to complete the session. Moving into the top 10 late on, improvements for Tito Rabat, Johann Zarco and struggling Yamaha stablemate Maverick Vinales saw the Italian pushed into a provisional Q1 spot in 11th. 

Still recovering from a broken collarbone and inflamed spinal chord sustained in a crash at Brno, Pol Espargaro has been sidelined for the Austrian Grand Prix, leaving teammate Bradley Smith as KTM's sole representative at its home round. 

The British rider came close to breaking into the top 10 at one stage, but ended the session 15th with a 1:24.973s, sandwiched between Suzuki's Alex Rins and LCR's Takaaki Nakagami. 

Austria - Practice 1

Pos Driver Team Time Gap
1 Flag   Andrea Dovizioso Ducati Team 1:23.830
2 Flag   Jorge Lorenzo Ducati Team 1:24.045 0.215
3 Flag   Danilo Petrucci Pramac Racing 1:24.320 0.490
4 Flag   Marc Marquez Honda Team 1:24.411 0.581
5 Flag   Andrea Iannone Suzuki Ecstar 1:24.436 0.606
6 Flag   Dani Pedrosa Honda Team 1:24.474 0.644
7 Flag   Cal Crutchlow LCR Honda 1:24.491 0.661
8 Flag   Tito Rabat Avintia Racing 1:24.676 0.846
9 Flag   Johann Zarco Yamaha Tech 3 1:24.797 0.967
10 Flag   Maverick Vinales Yamaha MotoGP 1:24.835 1.005
11 Flag   Valentino Rossi Yamaha MotoGP 1:24.884 1.054
12 Flag   Aleix Espargaro Aprilia Racing 1:24.904 1.074
13 Flag   Alvaro Bautista Angel Nieto Team 1:24.938 1.108
14 Flag   Alex Rins Suzuki Ecstar 1:24.939 1.109
15 Flag   Bradley Smith KTM Racing 1:24.973 1.143
16 Flag   Takaaki Nakagami LCR Honda 1:25.011 1.181
17 Flag   Franco Morbidelli Marc VDS 1:25.107 1.277
18 Flag   Jack Miller Pramac Racing 1:25.184 1.354
19 Flag   Scott Redding Aprilia Racing 1:25.354 1.524
20 Flag   Karel Abraham Angel Nieto Team 1:25.541 1.711
21 Flag   Hafizh Syahrin Yamaha Tech 3 1:25.595 1.765
22 Flag   Xavier Simeon Avintia Racing 1:25.752 1.922
23 Flag   Thomas Luthi Marc VDS 1:25.979 2.149

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