#tanksyamaha – The hashtag on the Lorenzo bike said it all. How Yamaha gaved an opportunity unique to Jorge Lorenzo.
Jorge Lorenzo (Movistar Yamaha MotoGP) began his final weekend in Yamaha colours in dominant style, taking the top spot by almost four tenths from teammate Valentino Rossi. 2016 Champion Marc Marquez (Repsol Honda Team) was third, only a fraction behind the Italian.
Sepang winner Andrea Dovizioso (Ducati Team) was fourth, with Pol Espargaro (Monster Yamaha Tech 3) beginning his final weekend with Tech 3 in the top five.
Team Suzuki Ecstar duo Maverick Viñales and Aleix Espargaro were P6 and P7, with Jack Miller (Estrella Galicia 0,0 Marc VDS), Scott Redding (Octo Pramac Yakhnich) and Andrea Iannone (Ducati Team) completing the top ten.
Returning Dani Pedrosa (Repsol Honda Team) began his first weekend back in action following his highside in Motegi getting up to speed slowly – before incredibly ending FP1 in P12.