Misano MotoGP: Marquez leads the Ducatis in warm-up

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Misano MotoGP: Marquez leads the Ducatis in warm-up
Jamie Klein
By: Jamie Klein
Sep 9, 2018, 8:10 AM

MotoGP world champion Marc Marquez led the way in morning warm-up for the San Marino Grand Prix ahead of Ducati pair Andrea Dovizioso and Jorge Lorenzo.

Honda rider Marquez, who only qualified fifth for the Misano event after crashing in Q2 on Saturday, set a best lap of 1m32.526s with three minutes to go in the 20-minute session on Sunday morning.

That was enough to beat the works Ducati of Dovizioso by 0.028s, after the pair spent the latter part of the session trading best times, while poleman Lorenzo was a further tenth-and-a-half behind on the second factory Ducati.

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Cal Crutchlow was the only other rider to break the 1m33s barrier aboard the LCR Honda in fourth.

Surprise front row starter Jack Miller was fifth-fastest on the GP17 Pramac Ducati, followed by the second works Honda of Dani Pedrosa and the leading Yamaha of Maverick Vinales.

Valentino Rossi could no better than 11th on the second works M1, 0.978s adrift of Marquez's benchmark, ending up behind Suzuki pair Andrea Iannone and Alex Rins as well as Alvaro Bautista's Nieto Ducati.

Wildcards Michele Pirro (Ducati) and Stefan Bradl (Honda) were 13th and 17th respectively, while Aleix Espargaro led Aprilia's efforts in 18th, two places ahead of lead KTM rider Bradley Smith.

Session results:

Pos. # Rider Bike Time Gap
1 93 Spain Marc Marquez  Honda 1'32.536  
2 4 Italy Andrea Dovizioso  Ducati 1'32.564 0.028
3 99 Spain Jorge Lorenzo  Ducati 1'32.715 0.179
4 35 United Kingdom Cal Crutchlow  Honda 1'32.977 0.441
5 43 Australia Jack Miller  Ducati 1'33.068 0.532
6 26 Spain Dani Pedrosa  Honda 1'33.100 0.564
7 25 Spain Maverick Viñales  Yamaha 1'33.175 0.639
8 29 Italy Andrea Iannone  Suzuki 1'33.190 0.654
9 19 Spain Alvaro Bautista  Ducati 1'33.471 0.935
10 42 Spain Alex Rins  Suzuki 1'33.498 0.962
11 46 Italy Valentino Rossi  Yamaha 1'33.514 0.978
12 9 Italy Danilo Petrucci  Ducati 1'33.545 1.009
13 51 Italy Michele Pirro  Ducati 1'33.598 1.062
14 21 Italy Franco Morbidelli  Honda 1'33.763 1.227
15 5 France Johann Zarco  Yamaha 1'33.777 1.241
16 30 Japan Takaaki Nakagami  Honda 1'33.822 1.286
17 6 Germany Stefan Bradl  Honda 1'33.846 1.310
18 41 Spain Aleix Espargaro  Aprilia 1'34.096 1.560
19 55 Malaysia Hafizh Syahrin  Yamaha 1'34.101 1.565
20 38 United Kingdom Bradley Smith  KTM 1'34.107 1.571
21 44 Spain Pol Espargaro  KTM 1'34.110 1.574
22 17 Czech Republic Karel Abraham  Ducati 1'34.265 1.729
23 45 United Kingdom Scott Redding  Aprilia 1'34.294 1.758
24 10 Belgium Xavier Simeon  Ducati 1'34.455 1.919
25 12 Switzerland Thomas Luthi  Honda 1'34.757 2.221
26 23 France Christophe Ponsson  Ducati 1'38.611 6.075
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Event San Marino GP
Author Jamie Klein
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