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First Mugello free practice headed by Lorenzo

First Mugello free practice headed by Lorenzo

In the first free practice at the Gran Premio d’Italia TIM at Mugello it was Yamaha Factory Racing’s Jorge Lorenzo who set the pace ahead of Casey Stoner and Dani Pedrosa.

Lorenzo produced a dominant display in this morning’s first run out, as he set a fastest lap of 1.48’131, which was over half a second ahead of second-placed Stoner on board his Repsol Honda Team machine. His teammate Pedrosa, who won at the track in 2010, was a further two tenths down, and will be looking to build on his win in Germany at the last race and claw back further points on championship leader Lorenzo.

Ducati Team’s Nicky Hayden put in a terrific performance on his Desmosedici as he came in a close fourth, ousting Monster Yamaha Tech 3’s Cal Crutchlow into fifth. The Brit suffered a technical issue with his bike early in the session and had to head out on his second bike towards the end. He headed his Italian teammate Andrea Dovizioso by just over one hundredth of a second.

Hayden’s teammate and local hero Valentino Rossi posted the seventh fastest time, just under a second off the top, as he looks to put in a good showing in front of his home fans. He was followed by Pramac Racing Team’s Héctor Barberá and Lorenzo’s teammate Ben Spies, who suffered a run off track with 12 minutes to go, after which he dropped the bike in the gravel at slow speed. LCR Honda MotoGP’s Stefan Bradl completed the top ten. The only other crasher in the session was San Carlo Honda Gresini’s Álvaro Bautista, now back in white bike livery, who ran off at turn one with three minutes left, after which he couldn’t keep the bike upright in the gravel.

One of the significant changes this weekend is that Bridgestone has provided the MotoGP grid with a special construction hard rear slick tyre for the Mugello circuit, which can generate exceptionally high tyre temperatures. Yet with an allocation of only four per rider, they will be used sparingly throughout the weekend should track temperatures rise significantly.


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