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Assen MotoGP: Marquez fastest in wet as Lorenzo is injured

Marc Marquez, Honda, Assen MotoGP 2013Marc Marquez was fastest in a wet second MotoGP practice at Assen, but the big news was that champion Jorge Lorenzo fractured his collarbone in a crash.

Lorenzo was flung over the handlebars of his Yamaha when he went off on standing water at the fast Turn 13.

It was confirmed immediately after the session that he had fractured his left collarbone, putting his participation in the rest of the Dutch Grand Prix weekend in doubt and jeopardising his championship bid.

As the teams awaited news of Lorenzo's condition, Marquez timed his run in improving conditions to perfection to post a 1m47.617s on his Honda.

Valentino Rossi was the only man to join Marquez in the sub 1m48s bracket, ending the session 0.252 seconds down the road in second.

Rossi's team-mate Lorenzo had been running in the top six when he fell, but dropped to 17th at the flag.

In his absence, main title rival Dani Pedrosa wound up third, fractionally ahead of LCR Honda rider Stefan Bradl and the lead Ducati of Andrea Dovizioso.

Nicky Hayden ended one second down on the Italian in sixth, in front of Tech 3 Yamaha's Cal Crutchlow, who had enjoyed spells at the top of the timesheets but was absent in the final minutes when times fell dramatically.

CRT riders locked out the remaining top 10 spots through Danilo Petrucci (Ioda-Suter-BMW) and Paul Bird duo Yonny Hernandez - who also spent time at the front - and Michael Laverty.

Aleix Espargaro and Karel Abraham also fell during the 30-minute session, while Marquez suffered an off-track moment but was able to hold onto his works Honda. Espargaro was taken to the medical centre for a potential wrist injury to be assessed.

Pos  Rider             Team/Bike             Time       Gap
 1.  Marc Marquez      Honda                 1m47.617s 
 2.  Valentino Rossi   Yamaha                1m47.869s  + 0.252s
 3.  Dani Pedrosa      Honda                 1m48.240s  + 0.623s
 4.  Stefan Bradl      LCR Honda             1m48.594s  + 0.977s
 5.  Andrea Dovizioso  Ducati                1m48.682s  + 1.065s
 6.  Nicky Hayden      Ducati                1m48.682s  + 1.065s
 7.  Cal Crutchlow     Tech 3 Yamaha         1m48.761s  + 1.144s
 8.  Danilo Petrucci   Ioda-Suter-BMW        1m49.031s  + 1.414s
 9.  Yonny Hernandez   PBM Aprilia           1m49.129s  + 1.512s
10.  Michael Laverty   PBM-Aprilia           1m49.438s  + 1.821s
11.  Claudio Corti     Forward FTR-Kawasaki  1m49.494s  + 1.877s
12.  Alvaro Bautista   Gresini Honda         1m49.646s  + 2.029s
13.  Michele Pirro     Pramac Ducati         1m49.669s  + 2.052s
14.  Randy de Puniet   Aspar Aprilia         1m49.965s  + 2.348s
15.  Karel Abraham     Cardion Aprilia       1m50.418s  + 2.801s
16.  Aleix Espargaro   Aspar Aprilia         1m50.980s  + 3.363s
17.  Jorge Lorenzo     Yamaha                1m51.432s  + 3.815s
18.  Bradley Smith     Tech 3 Yamaha         1m51.908s  + 4.291s
19.  Andrea Iannone    Pramac Ducati         1m52.155s  + 4.538s
20.  Ivan Silva        Avintia FTR-Kawasaki  1m52.347s  + 4.730s
21.  Lukas Pesek       Ioda-Suter-BMW        1m52.485s  + 4.868s
22.  Hector Barbera    Avintia FTR-Kawasaki  1m53.058s  + 5.441s
23.  Colin Edwards     Forward FTR-Kawasaki  1m54.274s  + 6.657s
24.  Bryan Staring     Gresini FTR-Honda     1m55.761s  + 8.144s


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