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Lorenzo sets blistering pace in FP1

Lorenzo sets blistering pace in FP1

Jorge Lorenzo lays down a marker to his rivals as he ends FP1 0.490s ahead of Marc Marquez with championship leader Rossi in third.

Movistar Yamaha’s Lorenzo took advantage of near perfect conditions at MotorLand Aragon to set an incredible pace in Free Practice 1. The Spaniard, who has benefitted from a number of private tests at the circuit with his team, only took until his fifth lap to go under the Circuit Record (Dani Pedrosa 2013 – 1’48.565) as he set a 1’48.249.

This was good enough to top the session by 0.490s from Repsol Honda’s Marc Marquez. His teammate Valentino Rossi (0.575s) was third fastest as both Yamaha riders went without the winglets on their M1’s they debuted at Misano.

Dani Pedrosa was fourth fastest (+0.801s) with EG 0,0 Marc VDS’s Scott Redding impressing after his maiden MotoGP™ podium at Misano to finish in fifth, with 1.105s separating the top five.

Ducati Team’s Andrea Dovizioso (+1.379s) finished the session in sixth, ahead of the Monster Yamaha Tech 3 duo of Bradley Smith and Pol Espargaro in seventh and eighth respectively.

LCR Honda’s Cal Crutchlow recovered from some rear brake issues to end the session in 9th, with Andrea Iannone on the second Ducati Team GP15 fighting through the pain barrier to complete the top ten. The Italian is riding after re-dislocated his left shoulder after the San Marino GP in a training accident.

Aspar MotoGP Team’s Eugene Laverty finished as the leading Open class rider in 11th. Australian Jack Miller (LCR Honda) was in 15th with American Nicky Hayden (Aspar MotoGP Team) in 17th.

Avintia Racing’s Hector Barbera was the only rider to crash during the session as he went down at turn 2 with less than ten minutes left and finished in 20th. Toni Elias made his debut for the Forward Racing team after replacing Claudio Corti and ended the session in 25th.

Check out the full MotoGP™ FP1 results; FP2 kicks off at 14:05 local time in Aragon.

MotoGP, 2015, GRAN PREMIO MOVISTAR DE ARAGÓN, FP1, Valentino Rossi, Marc Marquez, Jorge Lorenzo, Movistar Yamaha MotoGP

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