Barberá fastest after Dovizioso lap deleted
11 August 2017 – Héctor Barberá set the pace during Friday's first practice session for the Austrian Grand Prix, after Andrea Dovizioso lost a lap time due to track limits.
Dovizioso, already leading with a 1:24.719, improved by 0.2s on his final run, but that effort was deleted for putting both wheels over the run-off strip at Turn 9.
As a result, Avintia's Barberá moved into top spot with his late time of 1:24.631, finishing 0.088s quicker than works Ducati rider Dovizioso.
Repsol Honda pair Dani Pedrosa and Marc Márquez sandwiched Yamaha's Maverick Viñales, the top five riders covered by exactly a quarter of a second.
Johann Zarco survived an early trip through the gravel to put his Tech 3 Yamaha sixth, just ahead of Danilo Petrucci and Scott Redding on the Pramac Ducatis.
Redding, having lost his ride to Jack Miller for 2018, is now being heavily linked with Aprilia, which has reportedly decided to terminate Sam Lowes' deal.
Jorge Lorenzo wound up ninth, some three-tenths off team-mate Dovizioso, as both riders ran Ducati's new fairing, with LCR Honda's Cal Crutchlow completing the top 10.
Pol Espargaró, fresh from scoring KTM's first top 10 result in the Czech Republic, took 11th, edging out the other Movistar Yamaha of Valentino Rossi by 0.007s.
Friday's second practice session in Spielberg will begin at 14:05 local time