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Aleix Espargaro leads sunny opening Phillip Island run

Aleix Espargaro leads sunny opening Phillip Island run

In the MotoGP™ FP1 session at the Tissot Australian Grand Prix it was Aleix Espargaro (NGM Forward Racing) who set the pace, ahead of Jorge Lorenzo (Movistar Yamaha MotoGP) and Andrea Iannone (Pramac Racing).

Using a softer option tyre Espargaro set a best time of 1’29.749 to lead the way by 0.16s from compatriot Lorenzo, with Iannone 0.276s off P1. The session was run in cool, clear and sunny conditions at the picturesque Phillip Island track.

With Valentino Rossi (Movistar Yamaha MotoGP) fourth and Marc Marquez (Repsol Honda Team) it was a good first session for the Yamaha riders, with Marquez the only Honda representative in the top eight.

Andrea Dovizioso (Ducati Team) tried Bridgestone’s new asymmetric front tyre and finished the session in sixth place, just ahead of colleague Cal Crutchlow.

Bradley Smith (Monster Yamaha Tech3), Dani Pedrosa (Repsol Honda Team) and Stefan Bradl (LCR Honda MotoGP) rounded out the top ten.

Alvaro Bautista (GO&FUN Gresini Honda) suffered a crash at Turn 10 on his 200th Grand Prix appearance. Home rider Broc Parkes (Paul Bird Motorsport) had a fast crash at Turn 1. Both riders were unhurt.

For full results from the MotoGP FP1 Phillip Island session click here.

MotoGP, 2014, TISSOT AUSTRALIAN GRAND PRIX, FP1, Aleix Espargaro, NGM Forward Racing

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