Brno MotoGP: Zarco leads Marquez in wet opening practice

Tech 3 Yamaha rider Johann Zarco set the pace in a wet first MotoGP practice session for the Czech Grand Prix at Brno.

Brno MotoGP: Zarco leads Marquez in wet opening practice

The Frenchman jumped into the lead with just one minute to go, his time of 2m05.201s proving to be 0.120s quicker than Ducati man Jorge Lorenzo's earlier benchmark.

Lorenzo and Dani Pedrosa traded the lead in the latter stages of the session, but the duo ended up only third and fourth, as Marc Marquez took second after the chequered flag fell.

Marquez and Pedrosa both used subtly different variants of a new Honda aero fairing, which has a similar design to that of Yamaha with internal winglets.

The factory Yamahas of Valentino Rossi and Maverick Vinales took fifth and sixth, five and six tenths off the pace respectively.

Pramac Ducati's Danilo Petrucci was seventh ahead of Avintia's Hector Barbera, who led for 13 minutes in the middle part of the session.

Aleix Espargaro (Aprilia) and Zarco's Tech 3 teammate Jonas Folger completed the top 10.

Last year's Brno winner Cal Crutchlow was 12th, followed by Ducati title contender Andrea Dovizioso.

While the session featured no crashes, Andrea Iannone had an excursion into the gravel at Turn 10, but managed to rejoin with the help of marshals.

Local rider Karel Abraham took 20th on his Aspar Ducati.

Practice 1 results:

Pos.#RiderBikeTimeGap
1 5 france Johann Zarco  Yamaha 2'05.201  
2 93 spain Marc Marquez  Honda 2'05.240 0.039
3 99 spain Jorge Lorenzo  Ducati 2'05.321 0.120
4 26 spain Dani Pedrosa  Honda 2'05.446 0.245
5 46 italy Valentino Rossi  Yamaha 2'05.712 0.511
6 25 spain Maverick Viñales  Yamaha 2'05.845 0.644
7 9 italy Danilo Petrucci  Ducati 2'05.886 0.685
8 8 spain Hector Barbera  Ducati 2'05.896 0.695
9 41 spain Aleix Espargaro  Aprilia 2'05.922 0.721
10 94 germany Jonas Folger  Yamaha 2'05.984 0.783
11 76 france Loris Baz  Ducati 2'06.126 0.925
12 35 united_kingdom Cal Crutchlow  Honda 2'06.147 0.946
13 4 italy Andrea Dovizioso  Ducati 2'06.261 1.060
14 45 united_kingdom Scott Redding  Ducati 2'06.429 1.228
15 19 spain Alvaro Bautista  Ducati 2'06.461 1.260
16 29 italy Andrea Iannone  Suzuki 2'06.507 1.306
17 22 united_kingdom Sam Lowes  Aprilia 2'06.622 1.421
18 44 spain Pol Espargaro  KTM 2'06.691 1.490
19 53 spain Tito Rabat  Honda 2'07.013 1.812
20 17 czech_republic Karel Abraham  Ducati 2'07.078 1.877
21 43 australia Jack Miller  Honda 2'07.157 1.956
22 38 united_kingdom Bradley Smith  KTM 2'07.613 2.412
23 42 spain Alex Rins  Suzuki 2'07.801 2.600
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