2017 Argentina MotoGP Friday Practice: Yamaha’s Vinales Fastest…Again

2017 Argentina MotoGP Friday Practice: Yamaha's Vinales Fastest…Again
2017 Argentina MotoGP Friday Practice: Yamaha's Maverick Vinales

2017 Argentina MotoGP Friday Practice Results

The man who dominated the 2017 MotoGP preseason and the opening round in Qatar, Movistar Yamaha MotoGP’s Maverick Vinales, has topped the time sheets once again.

Movistar Yamaha MotoGP’s Maverick Vinales led both free practices on Friday ahead of 2017 Argentina MotoGP. The YZR-M1 pilot finished with a best lap of 1:39.477, which became a new fastest lap at Termas de Rio Hondo.

The 22-year-old Spaniard finished 0.301 of a second ahead of three-time MotoGP Champion Marc Marquez, and 0.403 of a second ahead of Pull&Bear Aspar Team’s Karel Abraham.

2017 Argentina MotoGP Friday Practice: Yamaha's Vinales Fastest…Again
2017 Argentina MotoGP Friday Practice: Yamaha’s Maverick Vinales

The Czech rider Abraham impressed, and earned third by a mere 0.042 of a seocond ahead of teammate Alvaro Bautista on the other Independent Team Ducati Desmosedici. Two more Ducati prototypes followed, but not factory GP17 bikes; Octo Pramac Racing’s Danilo Petrucci finished fifth, ahead of Reale Avintia Racing’s Loris Baz.

Rounding out the top 10 were 2016 Brno and Phillip Island victor Cal Crutchlow (LCR Honda), the rookie Jonas Folger (Monster Yamaha Tech 3) and Aleix Espargaro (Aprilia Racing Team Gresini) and Andrea Iannone (Team Suzuki Ecstar).

2017 Argentina MotoGP Friday Practice: Honda's Marc Marquez
2017 Argentina MotoGP Friday Practice: Honda’s Marc Marquez

As for the other factory riders, Repsol Honda’s Dani Pedrosa, who suffered a low-side crash, finished 13th. Ducati Team’s Andrea Dovizioso was 14th, and nine-time World Champion Valentino Rossi in 16th—1.054 seconds off the pace.

Ducati Team newbie Jorge Lorenzo continues to struggle with the GP17, the five-time World Champion finishing 18th, 1.122 of a second off the pace.

Rain is in the forecast for Saturday’s final free practice sessions and qualifying.

2017 Argentina MotoGP Free Practice Results, Friday Overall

1Maverick ViñalesSPAMovistar Yamaha MotoGP1’39.477
2Marc MarquezSPARepsol Honda Team1’39.778
3Karel AbrahamCZEPull&Bear Aspar Team1’39.880
4Alvaro BautistaSPAPull&Bear Aspar Team1’39.922
5Danilo PetrucciITAOcto Pramac Racing1’39.960
6Loris BazFRAReale Avintia Racing1’40.120
7Cal CrutchlowGBRLCR Honda1’40.124
8Jonas FolgerGERMonster Yamaha Tech31’40.157
9Aleix EspargaròSPAAprilia Racing Team Gresini1’40.175
10Andrea IannoneITATeam Suzuki Ecstar1’40.250
11Scott ReddingGBROcto Pramac Racing1’40.338
12Johann ZarcoFRAMonster Yamaha Tech31’40.340
13Dani PedrosaSPARepsol Honda Team1’40.345
14Andrea DoviziosoITADucati Team1’40.399
15Hector BarberaSPAReale Avintia Racing1’40.431
16Valentino RossiITAMovistar Yamaha MotoGP1’40.531
17Jack MillerAUSTeam EG 0,0 Marc VDS1’40.588
18Jorge LorenzoSPADucati Team1’40.599
19Tito RabatSPATeam EG 0,0 Marc VDS1’40.908
20Alex RinsSPATeam Suzuki Ecstar1’41.083
21Pol EspargaròSPARed Bull KTM Factory Racing1’41.632
22Bradley SmithGBRRed Bull KTM Factory Racing1’42.074
23Sam LowesGBRAprilia Racing Team Gresini1’42.179