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MotoGP Italy: Dovizioso puts Ducati on top in Mugello FP1

Ducati's Andrea Dovizioso tops FP1 on GP15 at Mugello from Movistar Yamaha's Jorge Lorenzo and team-mate Andrea Iannone
Andrea Dovizioso put his Ducati on the top spot in FP1 to give the partisan Italian fans plenty to celebrate on day one at Mugello.

Dovizioso edged to the front after Danilo Petrucci had set the early pace on the new-look Octo Telematics Pramac Ducati, clocking a lap in 1m 48.025s on the factory GP15.

However, Movistar Yamaha's Jorge Lorenzo – seeking a third consecutive MotoGP victory this weekend following his wins at Jerez and Le Mans – also enjoyed a spell in P1, lapping in 1m 47.984s to take over from Dovi, with last year's Mugello winner Marc Marquez third on the Repsol Honda from Bradley Smith (Monster Yamaha Tech 3) and Ducati's Andrea Iannone.

As the clock ticked down, Dovizioso responded to wrestle back provisional pole from Lorenzo, upping the pace to a 1m 47.893s as Marquez continue to loom in third on the RC213V.

Championship leader Valentino Rossi left it late on his Movistar Yamaha to make his presence felt as the Italian rider climbed from 11th position on the time sheets into fifth with around two minutes remaining, lapping in 1m 48.325s.

In the final moments, the injured Iannone shot into third place on the GP15 after posting a lap in 1m 47.940s as Dovizioso held station to end the morning session in control from Lorenzo by 0.033s.

Marquez finished fourth after losing a place to Iannone, while Yonny Hernandez pushed Rossi down to sixth after the Octo Telematics Pramac Ducati rider squeezed into fifth at the end, lapping in 1m 48.304s.

Britain's Scott Redding impressed as the EG 0,0 Marc VDS Honda rider ended FP1 in seventh, 0.447s down on Dovizioso's time, with Monster Yamaha Tech 3 riders Bradley Smith and Pol Espargaro and Cal Crutchlow (CWM LCR Honda) rounding out the top ten.

Dani Pedrosa was languishing in 11th place on the second of the Repsol Honda machines ahead of Ducati test rider Michele Pirro, with early pacesetter Petrucci finishing 13th as only 0.7s separated the top 14.

Hector Barbera was the top Open class rider on the Avintia Ducati in 14th ahead of Suzuki's Maverick Vinales and Nicky Hayden on the Aspar Honda.

Aleix Espargaro (Suzuki), who required surgery to reconstruct his right thumb ligament after a huge high-side at Le Mans, was 17th quickest.

Aprilia's seamless shift gearbox is making its grand prix debut this weekend. Alvaro Bautista and Marco Melandri were 22nd and 26th this morning.

Free Practice 1:
1. Andrea Dovizioso
2. Jorge Lorenzo
3. Andrea Iannone
4. Marc Marquez
5. Yonny Hernandez
6. Valentino Rossi
7. Scott Redding
8. Bradley Smith
9. Pol Espargaro
10. Cal Crutchlow
11. Dani Pedrosa
12. Michele Pirro
13. Danilo Petrucci
14. Hector Barbera
15. Maverick Viñales
16. Nicky Hayden
17. Aleix Espargaro
18. Karel Abraham
19. Loris Baz
20. Eugene Laverty
21. Jack Miller
22. Alvaro Bautista
23. Stefan Bradl
24. Mike Di Meglio
25. Alex De Angelis
26. Marco Melandri

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May 29, 2015 12:58 PM

May be a very dumb question, but are Melandri and Bautista on the same exact bike? I wasn't sure if they were running the same bike with same specs and electronics. He's in rough shape if they are on the same bike...

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