Dovizioso sets pace in wet Japan practice

Lorenzo will take more risks with'nothing to lose

Andrea Dovizioso pipped Marc Marquez in practice on a wet opening day at the Japan Grand Prix on Friday.

But, shortly after moving into second, Marquez crashed his works Honda at the Turn 4/5 esses, bringing a premature end to his session and ensuring Dovizioso finished the day on top.

Honda rider Marquez proceeded to stretch his advantage at the head of the standings with a succession of hot laps, going 1.3s clear of the pack with a 1m57.194s and then opening the gap to nearly two seconds with a 1m56.439s.

The Italian Ducati rider set a time of one minute, 54.877 seconds in second practice to top the overall timesheets for the day.

Conditions had barely improved from morning to afternoon with riders sticking with a full wet set-up with lap times coming in some eleven seconds off the outright circuit record.

Aleix Espargaro steered his Aprilia to the afternoon's third fastest time, posting a late lap of 1:55.061, while Yamaha's seven-time premier class world champion Valentino Rossi was 12th quickest as he continues his return from a double leg fracture.

Like nearly all riders, Valentino Rossi improved in second practice, but he could only set the 12th fastest time of the day.

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