2017 Sepang MotoGP FP1: Dovizioso Strikes Back

Andrea Dovizioso set the fastest time in FP1 with a 2'00.671 in damp-to-drying conditions at the Sepang circuit Friday in Malaysia. Alvaro Bautista, who was quick all session in the heat and humidity, earned the second-fastest Ducati lap, just in front of Yamaha's Johann Zarco (3rd).

Dovizioso, who finished 13th last week at Phillip Island, must beat Marc Marquez by at least nine points to keep the championship fight alive for the 18th and final round in Valencia. Points-leader Marquez won last week's race in Australia and now leads the championship by 33 points with two races to go. 

Maverick Vinales was two-tenths off the top time in fourth as some riders in FP1 switched to new tires late in order to grab an insurance fast lap should rain affect subsequent practices. Championship leader Marquez, who led much of the session, was pushed late fifth late and was unable to respond. Cal Crutchlow (6th) took the top spot in a tight pack of the 2'01s followed by Karel Abraham (7th), Hector Barbera (8th) and Dani Pedrosa (9th). 

Jorge Lorenzo, who set the circuit record in 2015, finished the session in 10th. 

Results:

Pos. No. Rider Bike Time Diff. / Prev. 
1 4 Andrea DOVIZIOSO Ducati 2'00.671    
2 19 Alvaro BAUTISTA Ducati 2'00.742 0.071 / 0.071
3 5 Johann ZARCO Yamaha 2'00.807 0.136 / 0.065
4 25 Maverick VIÑALES Yamaha 2'00.903 0.232 / 0.096
5 93 Marc MARQUEZ Honda 2'00.950 0.279 / 0.047
6 35 Cal CRUTCHLOW Honda 2'01.060 0.389 / 0.110
7 17 Karel ABRAHAM Ducati 2'01.077 0.406 / 0.017
8 8 Hector BARBERA Ducati 2'01.147 0.476 / 0.070
9 26 Dani PEDROSA Honda 2'01.162 0.491 / 0.015
10 99 Jorge LORENZO Ducati 2'01.189 0.518 / 0.027
11 9 Danilo PETRUCCI Ducati 2'01.560 0.889 / 0.371
12 46 Valentino ROSSI Yamaha 2'01.662 0.991 / 0.102
13 29 Andrea IANNONE Suzuki 2'01.740 1.069 / 0.078
14 43 Jack MILLER Honda 2'01.803 1.132 / 0.063
15 44 Pol ESPARGARO KTM 2'01.831 1.160 / 0.028
16 76 Loris BAZ Ducati 2'02.416 1.745 / 0.585
17 38 Bradley SMITH KTM 2'02.469 1.798 / 0.053
18 45 Scott REDDING Ducati 2'03.056 2.385 / 0.587
19 60 Michael VAN DER MARK Yamaha 2'03.473 2.802 / 0.417
20 53 Tito RABAT Honda 2'03.531 2.860 / 0.058
21 22 Sam LOWES Aprilia 2'03.534 2.863 / 0.003
22 42 Alex RINS Suzuki 2'04.381 3.710 / 0.847
             

 

Round Number: 
17
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Comments

Go Dovi! From what I saw DesmoDovi only took the top spot on his last lap. When the checkered flag appeared on the free live timing Marc Marquez was still fastest.

Great session from Alvaro Bautista. Good luck to A.B. 19 he finished at P.I. last weekend but without any points, some points this weekend would be nice.

Missing Aleix Espargaro already, get well soon Aleix. Still missing Marco Simoncelli 58 intensely. Love you SIC

Lorenzo in the top ten despite sketchy damp/drying conditions.

The showdown for the championship adds something special, Dovizioso may do well. A repeat of MotoGp Sepang 2016 would be great for the chip. I don't want a repeat of MotoGp SIC 2015, but MM93 could have a sub-par result. then the chip is wide open with all to play for in the final round, Dorna may sell more tix to the last round. My guess is Valencia will be sold out any way.

Best of luck to all racing this weekend.

Please no repeat of SIC 2011. R.I.P Marco Simoncelli 58 20 January 1987 – 23 October 2011

250cc world champion 2008. Marco won the championship at Sepang international circuit