BRNO, CZECH REPUBLIC - AUGUST 04: Andrea Dovizioso of Italy and Ducati Team starts from box during the MotoGp of Czech Republic - Free Practice at Brno Circuit on August 4, 2017 in Brno, Czech Republic. (Photo by Mirco Lazzari gp/Getty Images)

Friday saw an excellent start to the Czech GP weekend for Andrea Dovizioso, who headed the timesheets on day 1 of practice at the Automotodrom Brno.

After finishing the morning's FP1 session in the rain in thirteenth place, the Italian rider demonstrated he has an excellent feeling with his Desmosedici GP on the ups and downs of the Moravian circuit and he ended the second session, which was completely dry towards the end, on the top of the stack with a time of 1'56.332.

“Today went very well because we were able to carry out a lot of tests: this morning we made a comparison between the medium and the soft rain tyres and we already have feedback in view of the race,” he said.

“This afternoon, despite the limited time available on a totally dry surface, we managed to try the new material but above all we confirmed our good pace and this always makes the difference during the weekend. Tomorrow we will continue to work on the other details because it should be dry all day.”