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Danilo Petrucci tops damp opening Misano MotoGP practice

Danilo PetrucciDanilo Petrucci was quickest in a very quiet opening MotoGP practice session at Misano.

Damp and very cold conditions dissuaded most of the prototype field from coming out, meaning the timesheets were dominated by CRT riders.

Petrucci's late 1m43.178s on the Suter-BMW that Ioda has switched to this weekend put him 0.2 seconds ahead of Michele Pirro's Gresini FTR-Honda.

James Ellison completed the top three on Paul Bird's Aprilia.

Fourth went to newcomer David Salom, replacing Ivan Silva in the Avintia line-up.

Only two prototype riders set times: Yamaha's Ben Spies in fifth and Ducati's Nicky Hayden in seventh.

Title rivals Jorge Lorenzo and Dani Pedrosa, and Casey Stoner's stand-in Jonathan Rea, were among the large number of riders who preferred to wait for better conditions later on.

Pos  Rider            Bike                  Time        Gap  
 1.  Danilo Petrucci  Ioda Suter-BMW        1m43.178s
 2.  Michele Pirro    Gresini FTR-Honda     1m43.327s  + 0.149s
 3.  James Ellison    Paul Bird Aprilia     1m45.730s  + 2.552s
 4.  David Salom      Avintia FTR-Kawasaki  1m46.886s  + 3.708s
 5.  Ben Spies        Yamaha                1m48.298s  + 5.120s
 6.  Nicky Hayden     Ducati                1m48.409s  + 5.231s
 7.  Yonny Hernandez  Avintia FTR-Kawasaki  1m48.553s  + 5.375s
 8.  Mattia Pasini    Speed Master Aprilia  1m50.482s  + 7.304s
 9.  Colin Edwards    Forward Suter-BMW     1m53.064s  + 9.886s


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