There were five Ducati riders in the top 10 today, with Lorenzo and Dovizioso joined in the leading positions by Danilo Petrucci (second) and Jack Miller (eighth) with the Pramac Racing Desmosedici machines and Alvaro Bautista tenth for the Angel Nieto Team.
Jorge Lorenzo (Ducati Team #99): 1st (1’20.885)
“I’m very pleased with the way this first day went, especially because we made a big step forward and the bike improved a lot between FP1 and FP2. To be in first place and demonstrate that you are competitive is important, but we know that Marquez looks as if he has something a bit extra and he is the favourite for Sunday. Tomorrow we’ll try and continue this progress with the aim of getting a front row start for the race. In any case at the moment we’re much better off than last year and this is good news.”
Andrea Dovizioso (Ducati Team #04): 4th (1’21.309)
“It has been a positive first day: we were quick both in the morning and this afternoon, and this is vital to be able to focus on the details during the weekend. I’m still not entirely satisfied with a few little things, but I think that we can improve them tomorrow. At the moment Marquez is the quickest man out there for pace, but there are a few Ducati riders who have good speed and so our base is a good one. Even though we are quick, we’ll continue to work on our pace because on Sunday the race will be held over 30 laps. At any rate, we went very well today for the first day.”