French GP: Dovizioso and Petrucci respectively fifth and sixth in Friday free practice at Le MansMotoGP | Andrea Dovizioso | Ducati | Desmodromico | Dovizioso | Danilo Petrucci | Dall’Igna | Luigi Dall'Igna | Ducati Team | Petrucci | DUCATI CORSE | MotoGp 2019
At the end of the two free practice sessions, Andrea Dovizioso and Danilo Petrucci finished the day in fifth and sixth place respectively.
Already second in FP1, Dovizioso then improved his references by about four tenths during FP2, signing the best personal time in 1: 31.736 and closing at three tenths from the provisional best time. Also Petrucci, third in the morning, showed progress in the afternoon session despite a crash without physical consequences in the early stages of the round, closing at only 163 thousandths from his teammate in 1: 31.899. Both drivers thus gained direct access to the second and decisive qualifying session, scheduled for tomorrow at 2.35pm.
Andrea Dovizioso (# 04 Ducati Team) - 1: 31.736 (5th)
"We are only at the beginning of the weekend but my sensations in the saddle are quite good. Compared to last year, however, there are more fast riders and so a good group was formed on the top floors of the ranking, where we are, however, also. There remain some details to be improved to be able to keep the pace we have set ourselves. We tried different set-ups and evaluated several tire options available to us, taking a step forward during FP2, but there is still room for improvement and we will have to be good at putting together all the information gathered to be even more competitive tomorrow and prepare better the race".
Danilo Petrucci (# 9 Ducati Team) - 1: 31.899 (6th)
"This morning we started off on the right foot while the crash at the beginning of FP2 forced us to change our program slightly. In any case, we managed to react well and we are not far from the first. The feeling with my Desmosedici GP was slightly better in the morning, but I think that this is due to the less than ideal conditions of the track in the afternoon, since there have been so many falls. We performed a comparative test with slightly different setups, and now we'll look for the right compromise to take another step forward tomorrow. I want to try to be more competitive in qualifying, and then play my cards better on Sunday. "
The Ducati Team will be back on track tomorrow, Saturday 18 May, at 9.15am for the third free practice session with the scheduled qualifications, after the FP4, starting at 2.10pm.