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MotoGP Catalunya: Lorenzo edges Pedrosa in first practice

Jorge LorenzoJorge Lorenzo edged out Dani Pedrosa and Cal Crutchlow in an extremely close first practice session for MotoGP's Catalunya Grand Prix at Barcelona.

Pedrosa looked like he would be the man to beat as he very quickly got to within a few tenths of lap record pace on his Honda, setting an early 1m42.6s benchmark.

But Lorenzo was able to respond, producing a 1m42.422s for Yamaha to claim the top spot.

Although Pedrosa improved, he had to settle for second, just 0.023 seconds adrift.

Tech 3 Yamaha rider Crutchlow then put himself into a contention with a lap only 0.070s slower than Lorenzo.

Valentino Rossi and Andrea Dovizioso completed the top five.

Alvaro Bautista hung on to sixth despite crashing at Turn 1 late on.

Marc Marquez had a low-key first session and was only ninth, behind Stefan Bradl and Nicky Hayden.

CRT pacesetter Aleix Espargaro jumped into the top 10 with his final lap, demoting Andrea Iannone.

Michele Pirro was back in 13th on the Ducati lab bike, entered in place of the injured Ben Spies at Pramac this weekend.

Pos Rider             Team/Bike                Time       Gap       Laps
 1. Jorge Lorenzo     Yamaha                   1m42.422s             17
 2. Dani Pedrosa      Honda                    1m42.445s  + 0.023s   18
 3. Cal Crutchlow     Tech 3 Yamaha            1m42.492s  + 0.070s   17
 4. Valentino Rossi   Yamaha                   1m42.861s  + 0.439s   20
 5. Andrea Dovizioso  Ducati                   1m43.111s  + 0.689s   17
 6. Alvaro Bautista   Gresini Honda            1m43.112s  + 0.690s   14
 7. Stefan Bradl      LCR Honda                1m43.196s  + 0.774s   19
 8. Nicky Hayden      Ducati                   1m43.488s  + 1.066s   19
 9. Marc Marquez      Honda                    1m43.641s  + 1.219s   19
10. Aleix Espargaro   Aspar Aprilia            1m43.814s  + 1.392s   16
11. Andrea Iannone    Pramac Ducati            1m44.069s  + 1.647s   20
12. Bradley Smith     Tech 3 Yamaha            1m44.392s  + 1.970s   19
13. Michele Pirro     Ducati                   1m44.519s  + 2.097s   13
14. Randy de Puniet   Aspar Aprilia            1m44.558s  + 2.136s   16
15. Colin Edwards     Forward FTR-Kawasaki     1m45.167s  + 2.745s   18
16. Karel Abraham     Cardion Aprilia          1m45.251s  + 2.829s   18
17. Danilo Petrucci   Ioda-Suter-BMW           1m45.371s  + 2.949s   20
18. Hector Barbera    Avintia FTR-Kawasaki     1m45.457s  + 3.035s   14
19. Yonny Hernandez   PBM Aprilia              1m45.824s  + 3.402s   15
20. Hiroshi Aoyama    Avintia FTR-Kawasaki     1m45.925s  + 3.503s   17
21. Claudio Corti     Forward FTR-Kawasaki     1m46.263s  + 3.841s   18
22. Michael Laverty   PBM-Aprilia              1m46.750s  + 4.328s   18
23. Bryan Staring     Gresini FTR-Honda        1m47.070s  + 4.648s   20
24. Lukas Pesek       Ioda-Suter-BMW           1m47.483s  + 5.061s   14


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