Misano MotoGP: Marquez tops FP1, Rossi down in sixth

MotoGP world champion Marc Marquez set the pace in the opening practice session for the San Marino Grand Prix at Misano.

The Honda rider posted a best lap of 1:33.328 to just outpace his Yamaha rival Jorge Lorenzo, second quickest less than a tenth behind.

Ducati's test rider Michele Pirro was a surprise third fastest in his second outing for the Italian squad this year.

Marquez's teammate Dani Pedrosa finished fourth, but over six tenths off the pace, with Andrea Dovizioso fifth on the second Ducati.

Championship leader Valentino Rossi had a subdued session and finished down in sixth position nearly eight tenths of a second off Marquez's pace.

The session started later than originally scheduled following a red-flag period during first practice for Moto3 after Spaniard Jorge Navarro had to be taken to the medical center after a big crash.

Marquez jumped to the top of the times right away, but as the times tumbled, it was teammate Pedrosa who took first place with a 1:34.180 seven minutes after the start.

The resurfacing of the circuit made the laptimes much faster, and Marquez beat the track record 10 minutes into the session with a lap of 1:33.728, a benchmark he improved on the following lap by some two tenths of a second.

The world champion went even faster some 20 minutes later, posting a 1:33.328 that put him nearly half a second clear of his closest rival, Lorenzo.

Lorenzo closed the gap on Marquez with 18 minutes to go, lapping just a tenth slower than his rival on the Yamaha.

Claudio Corti was the protagonist of one of the new incidents of the session when he crashed heavily at Turn 9 with less than 10 minutes left on the clock.

The Italian walked away from the crash, but his Yamaha flew into the barriers and was heavily damaged.

Pos  Rider   Bike   Time   Gap   Laps 
Marc Marquez Honda 1'33.328   21
Jorge Lorenzo Yamaha 1'33.422 0.094 18
Michele Pirro Ducati 1'33.797 0.469 13
Daniel Pedrosa Honda 1'33.930 0.602 19
Andrea Dovizioso Ducati 1'34.015 0.687 16
Valentino Rossi Yamaha 1'34.086 0.758 21
Pol Espargaro Yamaha 1'34.094 0.766 24
Bradley Smith Yamaha 1'34.266 0.938 23
Cal Crutchlow Honda 1'34.282 0.954 19
10  Andrea Iannone Ducati 1'34.319 0.991 20
11  Scott Redding Honda 1'34.482 1.154 19
12  Hector Barbera Ducati 1'34.590 1.262 19
13  Danilo Petrucci Ducati 1'34.748 1.420 19
14  Maverick Vinales Suzuki 1'34.869 1.541 17
15  Eugene Laverty Honda 1'34.885 1.557 21
16  Yonny Hernández Ducati 1'34.931 1.603 18
17  Álvaro Bautista Aprilia 1'34.988 1.660 20
18  Loris Baz Yamaha Forward 1'35.048 1.720 19
19  Aleix Espargaro Suzuki 1'35.063 1.735 16
20  Mike Di Meglio Ducati 1'35.226 1.898 17
21  Jack Miller Honda 1'35.421 2.093 20
22  Nicky Hayden Honda 1'35.427 2.099 19
23  Karel Abraham Honda 1'35.628 2.300 18
24  Stefan Bradl Aprilia 1'35.992 2.664 18
25  Alex de Angelis ART/Aprilia 1'36.239 2.911 19
26  Claudio Corti Yamaha Forward 1'38.358 5.030 10



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Series MotoGP
Event San Marino GP
Track Misano World Circuit Marco Simoncelli
Article type Practice report