ALCANIZ, Spain — official release — MotoGP photo — Andrea Dovizioso opened the MotoGP weekend at Motorland Aragon by setting the fastest time on the first day of practice Friday afternoon.
Dovizioso, riding his new Ducati Team GP12.2 machine, outpaced defending World Champion Marc Marquez to take the top spot with a 1:48.285 lap. Marquez ended the day second on the time sheets by just .043 of a second.
Marquez is looking to repeat his 2013 victory in front of the home fans and he was .406 of a second ahead of his Repsol Honda teammate Pedrosa, who was third in the second practice Friday. In fourth place overall Andrea Iannone (Pramac Racing) was around half a second behind his future teammate Dovizioso.
Aleix Espargaro (NGM Forward Racing) was just ahead of his brother Pol Espargaro (Monster Yamaha Tech3) as the Spanish pair ended the day fifth and sixth respectively.
Jorge Lorenzo (Movistar Yamaha MotoGP), Stefan Bradl (LCR Honda MotoGP), Bradley Smith (Monster Yamaha Tech3) and Valentino Rossi (Movistar Yamaha MotoGP) completed the top 10 as the factory Yamaha riders failed to match the pace of Dovizioso and the factory Hondas.