The night time racing has begun… 45 minutes of Free Practice 1 was halted by a red flag after a crash by Pramac Ducati Yonny Hernandez. Final results for Ducati Corse riders Cal Crutchlow and Andrea Dovizioso who completed sixteen and seventeen laps respectively were thirteenth and fourteenth quickest times, and were separated by just a few hundredths of a second. Teams that tested at the track two weeks ago (Ducati Corse did not test) were up to speed very quickly. Fastest Ducati was Andrea Iannone in 4th. Fastest over all was Alex Espargaro who topped the time sheet, just over 1 second faster than the fastest of the “Aliens”, Danny Pedrosa, who was 5th. In fact, all you really need to know about how much the test and softer tire advantage was for FP1 is that Marc Marquez was behind the Honda Open entry of Nicky Hayden and that and Jorge Lorenzo was behind the Open Yamaha of Colin Edwards….
Tomorrow, we suspect, will be a new day.
Today’s photo gallery HERE