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Marquez leads Spanish Warm-Up session

A quick final lap from Marc Marquez put the Repsol Honda Team rider atop the classification for the pre-race Warm-Up session ahead of the Gran Premio bwin de España. Pole-sitter Jorge Lorenzo was demoted to second, having previously led for most of the session, from Marquez’s teammate Dani Pedrosa.

Although heavy rain took most by surprise in Jerez on Saturday night, track conditions were back to normal by the time the MotoGP™ Warm-Up was staged, coming after sessions for the Moto2™ and Moto3™ categories.

Yamaha Factory Racing’s Lorenzo, previously fastest in all weekend sessions bar one, was eight tenths of a second off his pole position time but was concentrating on sampling both of his bikes in order to make final checks ahead of the race.

Marquez, whose fastest lap was less than three tenths off his personal best from Qualifying, led the way on 1’39.231, with Repsol Honda Team partner Pedrosa completing the top three from Monster Yamaha Tech 3’s Cal Crutchlow and Ducati Team’s Nicky Hayden.

Following the drama of yesterday, there were no crashes on this occasion. In sixth place, Power Electronics Aspar’s Aleix Espargaro confirmed that he will very much threaten Avintia Blusens’ Hector Barbera for the top CRT spot in the race, with the duo having qualified in 13th and tenth positions, respectively.

As is usually the case in the Sunday morning session, most runners focused on race setups. However, as the Grand Prix will be staged over 27 laps and in significantly higher temperatures as the start comes some four hours after Warm-Up finishes, a number of variables will be thrown into the mix later today.

The 2013 Gran Premio bwin de España commences at 2pm local time (GMT +2). Last year, Marquez’s Honda predecessor Casey Stoner celebrated his first career victory at the Circuito de Jerez, leading home Lorenzo, Pedrosa and Crutchlow.

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MotoGP, 2013, WUP

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