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Lighting Vinales Dominates First Practice

Movistar Yamaha’s Maverick Vinales has kicked off 2017 in style as the Spaniard dominated the first Free Practice session from the Losail Circuit in Qatar. 

After topping all four winter tests in preparation for his Yamaha debut, Vinales opened his account early on with a 1m55.668s which displaced early pacesetter Andrea Dovizioso.

That time was the benchmark for most of the session while many riders familiarized themselves once again with the desert track. Inside the final five minutes and Reigning World Champion Marc Marquez became the closest challenger to this benchmark, only 0.178 seconds behind.

As the session drew to a close, Vinales put in a blistering 1m54.316s which was a staggering 0.596s ahead of Marquez who also found some quick laps towards the end of the session.

Dani Pedrosa completed the top three with Tech3 Yamaha rookie Jonas Folger finishing the session in an impressive fourth. Jorge Lorenzo took fifth on the session and also finished top Ducati in what was a solid debut for the “Spartan”.

Avintia Ducati’s Loris Baz jumped up to sixth at the very end, leading Cal Crutchlow who recovered from an early mechanical problem to finish seventh, just ahead of  Johann Zarco on the second Tech3 Yamaha.

Valentino Rossi had to settle for a disappointing ninth, finishing 1.483s off his new teammate Viñales. Aleix Espargaro rounded out the top 10 on the Aprilia.

Suzuki were the main losers of the session with both their riders Iannone and Rins finishing 13th and 18th respectively. KTM Racing’s Pol Espargaro and Bradley Smith completed the session in a expected 21st and 23rd position 3.3s and 3.7s off the pace.

FP1 results

Cla Driver Bike Time Gap
1 spain Maverick Viñales Yamaha 1’54.316
2 spain Marc Marquez Honda 1’54.912 0.596
3 spain Dani Pedrosa Honda 1’55.210 0.894
4 germany Jonas Folger Yamaha 1’55.587 1.271
5 spain Jorge Lorenzo Ducati 1’55.607 1.291
6 france Loris Baz Ducati 1’55.624 1.308
7 united_kingdom Cal Crutchlow Honda 1’55.639 1.323
8 france Johann Zarco Yamaha 1’55.792 1.476
9 italy Valentino Rossi Yamaha 1’55.799 1.483
10 spain Aleix Espargaro Aprilia 1’55.872 1.556
11 italy Andrea Dovizioso Ducati 1’55.873 1.557
12 united_kingdom Scott Redding Ducati 1’56.000 1.684
13 italy Andrea Iannone Suzuki 1’56.027 1.711
14 spain Alvaro Bautista Ducati 1’56.128 1.812
15 czech_republic Karel Abraham Ducati 1’56.399 2.083
16 italy Danilo Petrucci Ducati 1’56.419 2.103
17 australia Jack Miller Honda 1’56.453 2.137
18 spain Alex Rins Suzuki 1’56.502 2.186
19 spain Tito Rabat Honda 1’56.725 2.409
20 spain Hector Barbera Ducati 1’56.725 2.409
21 spain Pol Espargaro KTM 1’57.630 3.314
22 united_kingdom Sam Lowes Aprilia 1’57.887 3.571
23 united_kingdom Bradley Smith KTM 1’58.114 3.798
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