Jorge Lorenzo has topped the first session of free practice for the MotoGP class. The Movistar Yamaha rider was fast from the start, and ended the session swapping places with Marc Marquez, finally coming out on top. Marquez was forced to settle for 2nd, though he is less than a tenth behind Lorenzo, and being this fast out of the gate will give him some encouragement that the speed he found in the last couple of races was not an illusion.
Andrea Dovizioso took 3rd spot, the factory Ducati rider quickly up to speed at Indianapolis, and just edging out Dani Pedrosa, who was just under four tenths slower than Lorenzo, and three tenths off the pace of his Repsol Honda teammate. Valentino Rossi ended the session in 5th, the championship leader nearly three quarters of a second slower than his teammate, and only a few thousandths faster than Andrea Iannone on the second Ducati. Cal Crutchlow was the best satellite rider in 7th, the CWM LCR Honda man two tenths quicker than the Tech 3 Yamaha of Pol Espargaro.
Mike Di Meglio put in an impressively quick lap on the Avintia Ducati to finish in 9th and fastest Open bike, ending just ahead of Maverick Viñales on the ECSTAR Suzuki. Suzuki's new partnership with Akrapovic may have helped the factory find a little bit more power, as both Viñales and Espargaro were just a few km/h off the top speeds of the factory Yamahas and Hondas. The factory Ducatis were the quickest in a straight line, as you might expect.
|9||63||Mike Di Meglio||Ducati||1'34.794||1.140||0.125|
|21||15||Alex De Angelis||ART||1'36.416||2.762||0.480|