Motegi MotoGP: Dovizioso leads Marquez in warm-up

Motegi polesitter Andrea Dovizioso led the way in morning warm-up for the Japanese Grand Prix ahead of MotoGP title rival Marc Marquez.

Motegi MotoGP: Dovizioso leads Marquez in warm-up

Ducati rider Dovizioso posted a 1m45.724s lap to oust former teammate Andrea Iannone from the top of the timesheets, and extended his advantage with a 1m45.409s shortly before the end of the 20-minute session.

Marquez's best lap came after the chequered flag had fallen, but the champion-elect - who can wrap up the title if he outscores Dovizioso in the race - fell 0.271s short of his chief adversary.

Cal Crutchlow was third fastest for LCR Honda, a further tenth behind, followed by Suzuki pair Andrea Iannone and Alex Rins, who were split by only 0.019s in fourth and fifth places.

There was likewise almost nothing to choose between the factory Yamaha riders Valentino Rossi edging out Maverick Vinales for sixth place by a mere 0.005s.

Johann Zarco, who will start second on the grid, was only 10th-fastest, just over a second off the pace on his two-year-old Tech 3 Yamaha.

The other front row starter, Jack Miller, ended up down in 19th on the Pramac Ducati GP16.

Karel Abraham (Nieto Ducati) was the only rider to crash in a fairly incident-free session.

Warm-up results:

Pos. # Rider Bike Time Gap
1 4 Italy Andrea Dovizioso  Ducati 1'45.409  
2 93 Spain Marc Marquez  Honda 1'45.680 0.271
3 35 United Kingdom Cal Crutchlow  Honda 1'45.797 0.388
4 29 Italy Andrea Iannone  Suzuki 1'45.944 0.535
5 42 Spain Alex Rins  Suzuki 1'45.963 0.554
6 46 Italy Valentino Rossi  Yamaha 1'46.128 0.719
7 25 Spain Maverick Viñales  Yamaha 1'46.133 0.724
8 19 Spain Alvaro Bautista  Ducati 1'46.312 0.903
9 26 Spain Dani Pedrosa  Honda 1'46.360 0.951
10 5 France Johann Zarco  Yamaha 1'46.458 1.049
11 44 Spain Pol Espargaro  KTM 1'46.592 1.183
12 21 Italy Franco Morbidelli  Honda 1'46.625 1.216
13 9 Italy Danilo Petrucci  Ducati 1'46.666 1.257
14 55 Malaysia Hafizh Syahrin  Yamaha 1'46.682 1.273
15 30 Japan Takaaki Nakagami  Honda 1'46.688 1.279
16 38 United Kingdom Bradley Smith  KTM 1'46.734 1.325
17 89 Japan Katsuyuki Nakasuga  Yamaha 1'46.823 1.414
18 10 Belgium Xavier Simeon  Ducati 1'46.863 1.454
19 43 Australia Jack Miller  Ducati 1'46.891 1.482
20 41 Spain Aleix Espargaro  Aprilia 1'47.114 1.705
21 17 Czech Republic Karel Abraham  Ducati 1'47.355 1.946
22 12 Switzerland Thomas Luthi  Honda 1'47.475 2.066
23 50 France Sylvain Guintoli  Suzuki 1'47.742 2.333
24 81 Spain Jordi Torres  Ducati 1'47.784 2.375
25 45 United Kingdom Scott Redding  Aprilia 1'48.111 2.702
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