Austria MotoGP: Barbera leads Dovizioso in first practice

Avintia Ducati's Hector Barbera set the pace in the opening MotoGP practice for the Austrian Grand Prix after Andrea Dovizioso's best time was deleted.

Austria MotoGP: Barbera leads Dovizioso in first practice
Hector Barbera, Avintia Racing
Hector Barbera, Avintia Racing
Andrea Dovizioso, Ducati Team
Andrea Dovizioso, Ducati Team
Dani Pedrosa, Repsol Honda Team

Barbera jumped into the lead with a 1m24.631s during the final minute and, while Dovizioso immediately responded, his time was erased due to track limits.

Dovizioso previously stole the lead from Honda's Marc Marquez with 15 minutes left on the clock, his time then going unbeaten until the very end.

The Ducati works rider settled for second, followed by Dani Pedrosa (Honda) and Maverick Vinales (Yamaha), both less than two tenths behind.

Marquez only improved on his early benchmark by eight hundredths of a second and ended up fifth.

Tech 3 Yamaha's Johann Zarco took sixth, followed by Pramac Ducati duo Danilo Petrucci and Scott Redding, who is set to join Aprilia for 2018.

Factory Ducati rider Jorge Lorenzo and LCR Honda's Cal Crutchlow completed the top 10.

KTM's Pol Espargaro was a positive 11th, edging Valentino Rossi out by 0.007s.

Andrea Iannone and Aleix Espargaro were the top Suzuki and Aprilia in 14th and 15th respectively.

KTM's wildcard entrant Mika Kallio, who is taking part in his second MotoGP round of the 2017 season, was 17th, as team regular Bradley Smith took 21st.

FP1 results:

Pos.#RiderBikeTimeGap
1 8 spain Hector Barbera Ducati 1'24.631  
2 4 italy Andrea Dovizioso Ducati 1'24.719 0.088
3 26 spain Dani Pedrosa Honda 1'24.744 0.113
4 25 spain Maverick Viñales Yamaha 1'24.752 0.121
5 93 spain Marc Marquez Honda 1'24.881 0.250
6 5 france Johann Zarco Yamaha 1'24.895 0.264
7 9 italy Danilo Petrucci Ducati 1'24.972 0.341
8 45 united_kingdom Scott Redding Ducati 1'25.008 0.377
9 99 spain Jorge Lorenzo Ducati 1'25.038 0.407
10 35 united_kingdom Cal Crutchlow Honda 1'25.229 0.598
11 44 spain Pol Espargaro KTM 1'25.244 0.613
12 46 italy Valentino Rossi Yamaha 1'25.251 0.620
13 94 germany Jonas Folger Yamaha 1'25.282 0.651
14 29 italy Andrea Iannone Suzuki 1'25.608 0.977
15 41 spain Aleix Espargaro Aprilia 1'25.697 1.066
16 76 france Loris Baz Ducati 1'25.709 1.078
17 36 finland Mika Kallio KTM 1'25.712 1.081
18 53 spain Tito Rabat Honda 1'25.724 1.093
19 22 united_kingdom Sam Lowes Aprilia 1'25.740 1.109
20 43 australia Jack Miller Honda 1'25.753 1.122
21 38 united_kingdom Bradley Smith KTM 1'25.785 1.154
22 19 spain Alvaro Bautista Ducati 1'25.903 1.272
23 42 spain Alex Rins Suzuki 1'26.014 1.383
24 17 czech_republic Karel Abraham Ducati 1'26.239 1.608
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