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Lorenzo quickest as Marquez escapes crash

Lorenzo quickest as Marquez escapes crash

Jorge Lorenzo went fastest in a dramatic second practice session for the Gran Premio d’Italia TIM. The MotoGP™ World Champion led Yamaha Factory Racing teammate Valentino Rossi as Repsol Honda Team’s Marc Marquez escaped serious injury in a high-speed accident at the end of the Mugello start/finish straight.

Marquez had led a topsy-turvy opening practice in the morning, but for a currently unknown reason lost control of his bike in the afternoon session. Having slid down the grass verge towards Turn 1, the 20-year-old was treated in the circuit Medical Centre but was confirmed to have escaped serious injury. Monster Yamaha Tech 3’s Bradley Smith also crashed, landing on his left arm at Turn 7.

Lorenzo set the pace with a lap time of 1’48.375, beating teammate and multiple Mugello winner Rossi by just 34 thousandths of a second. Tech 3’s Cal Crutchlow was third from Ducati Team’s Nicky Hayden and Repsol Honda’s championship-leading Dani Pedrosa, who is aiming for a hat-trick of 2013 victories this weekend.

The top ten was rounded out by Energy T.I. Pramac Racing’s Andrea Iannone in sixth position, Ducati’s Andrea Dovizioso who rode with neck pain following a morning crash, LCR Honda MotoGP’s Stefan Bradl, Power Electronics Aspar’s Randy de Puniet (the leading CRT runner) and Ducati Test Team’s wildcard entry Michele Pirro, riding the GP13 Lab bike as he also did in Jerez.

The third and final practice period, which is the final session to have a bearing on the Q2 Qualifying order, will begin on Saturday at 9:55am local time (GMT +2).


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