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Marquez the main man on day one at Valencia

Marquez the main man on day one at Valencia

As the MotoGP Friday action at the GP Generali de la Comunitat Valenciana concluded it was Marc Marquez who set the pace, with his teammate Dani Pedrosa 0.066s behind him and Jorge Lorenzo 0.158s off the pace in third.

Despite the windy conditions in FP2 at the Valencia track Marquez stepped up the pace in the second half of the session, with his best time of 1’31.220 not far off Pedrosa’s pole record of 1’30.844 from last year.

Pedrosa was close to his Repsol Honda colleague in terms of free practice pace, with Lorenzo improving late in the session having spent time in his box working on set-up with his team.

Monster Yamaha Tech 3’s Cal Crutchlow ended up fourth overall despite a late crash, from which he escaped unhurt. The Englishman rides in his last GP for the team this weekend before departing for Ducati.

Yamaha Factory Racing’s Valentino Rossi is working with Crew Chief Jeremy Burgess for the last time this weekend too and he was fifth fastest on Friday, 0.4s off the pace.

The top ten was rounded out by Stefan Bradl (LCR Honda), Alvaro Bautista (GO&FUN Honda Gresini), Bradley Smith (Monster Yamaha Tech 3) and Ducati Team pair Andrea Dovizioso and Nicky Hayden.

Aleix Espargaro was furious but unhurt after he crashed his ART machine, ending 13th on the timesheet.


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