Dovizioso tops rain-hit opening day at Motegi
13 October 2017 – Andrea Dovizioso set the pace on a wet opening day of practice for the Japanese Grand Prix, as Ducati team-mate Jorge Lorenzo escaped from a nasty incident.
With both 45-minute sessions taking place on a soaked Motegi circuit, Dovizioso worked his way down to a 1:54.877 in FP2, six-tenths quicker than the FP1 benchmark.
Marc Márquez, who topped FP1, finished 0.043s back, despite a late crash through Turn 4, with Aprilia's Aleix Espargaró ending the day third fastest.
Lorenzo wound up fourth, after taking a big hit in FP1, when LCR Honda's Cal Crutchlow lost control approaching Turn 9 and slammed into the side of his bike.
Both riders escaped unharmed, though Lorenzo was visibly shocked.
Johann Zarco led Tech 3 Yamaha's charge in fifth, with team-mate Jonas Folger sidelined by illness, ahead of Pramac's Danilo Petrucci and Suzuki's Andrea Iannone.
Dani Pedrosa was the best part of a second down on team-mate Márquez, with Crutchlow and the other Suzuki of Álex Rins completing the top 10 positions.
Yamaha, which has struggled in the wet this season, were on the cusp in 11th and 12th, Maverick Viñales edging out Valentino Rossi, who is still recovering from a double leg break.
Stand-in riders Kohta Nozane (Tech 3) and Hiroshi Aoyama (Marc VDS) were 13th and 22nd respectively, as Yamaha wildcarder Katsuyuki Nakasuga completed the field.
Saturday's third practice session at Motegi will begin at 09:55 local time