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Marc Marquez fastest in Jerez MotoGP test

Marc MarquezMarc Marquez followed up his controversial second place in the Jerez Grand Prix by setting the pace in MotoGP testing at the Spanish track.

The Spaniard, who moved into the championship lead following his third straight podium, led the way with a 1m38.824s set early on in the one-day test.

That was enough to put him narrowly clear of the chasing pack, led by Tech 3 Yamaha's Cal Crutchlow.

Jorge Lorenzo, who has thus far refused to comment on Marquez's last-corner lunge in the grand prix, took third ahead of race winner Dani Pedrosa.

All four men were covered by less than two tenths of a second at the conclusion of running.

Lorenzo's total of 81 laps was comfortably the most any rider managed.

As was the case throughout the weekend, Valentino Rossi trailed his works Yamaha stablemate, his best time more than 0.4s off Lorenzo and 0.5s off Marquez's outright best.

In contrast to the majority of the field though, the Italian set his fastest time in the afternoon running.

Alvaro Bautista put the Gresini Honda sixth ahead of Andrea Dovizioso and Nicky Hayden, both of whom tested the new Ducati chassis Michele Pirro raced with on Sunday.

Neither man found massive improvements, although they were both able to get within nine tenths of Marquez.

LCR Honda's Stefan Bradl and Bradley Smith on the second Tech 3 machine rounded out the top 10 ahead of Avintia's CRT duo Hector Barbera and Hiroshi Aoyama.

Pos Rider             Bike                       Time       Gap      Laps
 1. Marc Marquez      Honda                      1m38.824s            63
 2. Cal Crutchlow     Tech 3 Yamaha              1m38.916s  + 0.092s  67
 3. Jorge Lorenzo     Yamaha                     1m38.958s  + 0.134s  81
 4. Dani Pedrosa      Honda                      1m38.979s  + 0.155s  56
 5. Valentino Rossi   Yamaha                     1m39.397s  + 0.573s  61
 6. Alvaro Bautista   Gresini Honda              1m39.457s  + 0.633s  50
 7. Andrea Dovizioso  Ducati                     1m39.524s  + 0.700s  47
 8. Nicky Hayden      Ducati                     1m39.643s  + 0.819s  35
 9. Stefan Bradl      LCR Honda                  1m39.894s  + 1.070s  71
10. Bradley Smith     Tech 3 Yamaha              1m40.009s  + 1.185s  50
11. Hector Barbera    Avintia FTR-Kawasaki       1m40.197s  + 1.373s  31
12. Hiroshi Aoyama    Avintia FTR-Kawasaki       1m40.730s  + 1.906s  51
13. Claudio Corti     Forward FTR-Kawasaki       1m40.958s  + 2.134s  58
14. Danilo Petrucci   Ioda-Suter-BMW             1m41.029s  + 2.205s  59
15. Michael Laverty   Paul Bird PBM-Aprilia      1m41.045s  + 2.221s  58
16. Bryan Staring     Gresini FTR-Honda          1m41.181s  + 2.357s  46
17. Colin Edwards     Forward FTR-Kawasaki       1m41.591s  + 2.767s  43
18. Yonny Hernandez   Paul Bird Aprilia          1m41.763s  + 2.939s  62
19. Lukas Pesek       Ioda-Suter-BMW             1m43.017s  + 4.193s  20
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