Brno MotoGP: Jorge Lorenzo quickest in first practice
|Friday, August 23rd 2013, 08:47 GMT|
Jorge Lorenzo made a commanding start to the Brno MotoGP weekend as he went quickest in opening practice.
The world champion has not won a race since Mugello in June, the last event prior to his run of injuries, but was a clear step ahead of his rivals on Friday morning in the Czech Republic.
Lorenzo had a few challenges from Yamaha team-mate Valentino Rossi and Honda's Dani Pedrosa, before ending the session 0.343 seconds clear of the latter with a 1m56.698s lap on the chequered flag.
Cal Crutchlow was third on the Tech 3 Yamaha, just 0.017s behind Pedrosa.
Championship leader Marc Marquez, winner of the last three races, was a relatively quiet fourth, 0.422s off the pace.
Rossi was pushed down to fifth in the end.
Satellite Honda riders Alvaro Bautista and Stefan Bradl took sixth and seventh, ahead of top Ducati runner Andrea Dovizioso.
Aleix Espargaro set the CRT pace, just 0.086s ahead of Hiroshi Aoyama.
Gresini's CRT rider Bryan Staring was the only man to crash, having a minor fall late on.
Pos Rider Team/Bike Time Gap 1. Jorge Lorenzo Yamaha 1m56.698s 2. Dani Pedrosa Honda 1m57.041s +0.343s 3. Cal Crutchlow Tech 3 Yamaha 1m57.058s +0.360s 4. Marc Marquez Honda 1m57.120s +0.422s 5. Valentino Rossi Yamaha 1m57.243s +0.545s 6. Alvaro Bautista Gresini Honda 1m57.610s +0.912s 7. Stefan Bradl LCR Honda 1m57.694s +0.996s 8. Andrea Dovizioso Ducati 1m57.930s +1.232s 9. Bradley Smith Tech 3 Yamaha 1m57.947s +1.249s 10. Nicky Hayden Ducati 1m58.030s +1.332s 11. Andrea Iannone Pramac Ducati 1m58.725s +2.027s 12. Michele Pirro Pramac Ducati 1m59.019s +2.321s 13. Aleix Espargaro Aspar Aprilia 1m59.092s +2.394s 14. Hiroshi Aoyama Avintia FTR-Kawasaki 1m59.178s +2.480s 15. Colin Edwards Forward FTR-Kawasaki 1m59.416s +2.718s 16. Hector Barbera Avintia FTR-Kawasaki 1m59.531s +2.833s 17. Claudio Corti Forward FTR-Kawasaki 2m00.293s +3.595s 18. Yonny Hernandez PBM Aprilia 2m00.307s +3.609s 19. Danilo Petrucci Ioda-Suter-BMW 2m00.316s +3.618s 20. Karel Abraham Cardion Aprilia 2m01.213s +4.515s 21. Randy de Puniet Aspar Aprilia 2m01.331s +4.633s 22. Martin Bauer Remus Aprilia 2m01.441s +4.743s 23. Michael Laverty PBM-Aprilia 2m01.489s +4.791s 24. Bryan Staring Gresini FTR-Honda 2m02.112s +5.414s 25. Lukas Pesek Ioda-Suter-BMW 2m04.091s +7.393s