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Jorge Lorenzo quickest in Mugello's MotoGP test

Lorenzo quickest in Mugello testJorge Lorenzo picked up where he left off as he set the fastest time of the day in MotoGP's official test at Mugello.

The Spaniard, quickest almost without exception across the Italian Grand Prix weekend, ended the day with a 1m47.435s.

He was not joined by team-mate Ben Spies, who missed the test due to the bout of food poisoning which also affected his form in Sunday's race. Lorenzo was easily able to complete Yamaha's modest test programme, aimed at finding small electronic improvements, and wrapped his testing duties up early.

That workload was in stark contrast to Honda, which brought a brand new bike - originally intended to be its 2013 MotoGP chassis - in an attempt to rectify its current tyre issues. Dani Pedrosa, second to Lorenzo on Sunday, repeated the trick at the day's end, edging out team-mate Casey Stoner by just two thousandths of a second.

Ducati meanwhile spent the day trialling engine modifications in an effort to improve drive and traction out of corners.

Nicky Hayden ended the day fourth fastest, but there was less positive news for Valentino Rossi, who fell one lap into the afternoon's running. Though he was unhurt, ECU issues prevented him from any further running.

The Italian's fall was one of three in the afternoon, with Pedrosa and LCR Honda's Stefan Bradl also down, although all three were unhurt.

Bradl, testing a variety of different parts, set the seventh fastest time, narrowly behind the Tech 3 duo of Cal Crutchlow and Andrea Dovizioso.

Of the CRT teams which did stay for the test, Forward Racing tested several different chassis against the Suter-BMW they currently use. Avintia also had a new FTR chassis to get to grips with.

Pos  Rider             Team/Bike                 Time
 1.  Jorge Lorenzo     Yamaha                    1m47.435s
 2.  Daniel Pedrosa    Honda                     1m47.549s
 3.  Casey Stoner      Honda                     1m47.551s
 4.  Nicky Hayden      Ducati                    1m47.746s
 5.  Cal Crutchlow     Tech 3 Yamaha             1m47.750s
 6.  Andrea Dovizioso  Tech 3 Yamaha             1m47.775s
 7.  Stefan Bradl      LCR Honda                 1m48.060s
 8.  Hector Barbera    Pramac Ducati             1m48.084s
 9.  Alvaro Bautista   Gresini Honda             1m48.530s
10.  Valentino Rossi   Ducati                    1m48.565s
11.  Aleix Espargaro   Aspar Aprilia             1m49.148s
12.  Yonny Hernandez   Avintia FTR-Kawasaki      1m49.547s
13.  Randy de Puniet   Aspar Aprilia             1m50.211s
14.  Michele Pirro     Gresini FTR-Honda         1m50.516s
15.  Franco Battaini   Ducati                    1m50.934s
16.  Colin Edwards     Forward (Various)         1m51.273s
17.  Ivan Silva        Avintia FTR-Kawasaki      1m51.997s
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