Thailand Grand Prix: Andrea Dovizioso eighth and Danilo Petrucci eleventh at the end of Day 1 of free practice at Buriram


After the first two free practice sessions for the Thailand GP, which will be held this weekend at the Buriram International Circuit, the provisional classification sees Andrea Dovizioso in eighth place, while Danilo Petrucci finished the day in eleventh.

This morning both Ducati Team riders completed FP1 inside the top 10, with Dovizioso fourth and Petrucci eighth, but in the afternoon the rider from Umbria slipped outside the provisional top 10 by just a fraction, despite improving on his morning time by more than four-tenths of a second.

Andrea Dovizioso (#04 Ducati Team) – 1’31.027 (8th)
“Today I had a good feeling and we did a good job with the set-up: we also tested something important and it went well. We are consistent but there are a lot of quick riders and it’s still difficult to see how everyone is really going on the track. As I said however, I’m happy with the bike and also the tyres are performing well: unfortunately, I have a neck problem and also a sore throat, so I’m taking antibiotics, and in this heat I’m physically struggling a bit, but I hope I won’t suffer too much in the next couple of days”.

Danilo Petrucci (#9 Ducati Team) – 1’31.115 (11th)
“It has been quite a positive day because we understood a few things, even though I’m not entirely happy about missing out on the top 10 by just a few thousandths of a second. I’m pretty relaxed about everything and focussed on tomorrow because we can surely improve. My pace isn’t bad and I’ve got a good feeling with the bike so I’m optimistic and confident I can do a good qualifying session”.

The Ducati riders will return to the track tomorrow, Saturday 5th October, at 09.55 local time (04.55 CET) for the third free practice session, while qualifying will get underway after FP4, starting from 14.10 local time (09.10 CET).