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Phillip Island MotoGP: Jorge Lorenzo flies as Hondas hit trouble

Jorge Lorenzo, Yamaha, Phillip Island MotoGP 2013

Jorge Lorenzo set a searing pace in Friday afternoon MotoGP practice at Phillip Island, while rivals Dani Pedrosa and Marc Marquez had issues.

Marquez's problem was a crash at Lukey Heights early in the session.

The Honda rider quickly got up unhurt, but could not improve on sixth place when he rejoined the session.

His team-mate Pedrosa had just split an initial Yamaha one-two to take second behind Lorenzo when he had a bizarre mechanical problem in the closing minutes.

An engine mounting bolt had not been properly secured and came loose, forcing Pedrosa to park the bike at the second corner.

Meanwhile Lorenzo had a serene session on his Yamaha, lapping ever faster until a 1m28.961s put him half a second ahead.

Gresini Honda's Alvaro Bautista also crashed but got going again to grab second on his last run.

Pedrosa retained third, ahead of the Yamahas of Valentino Rossi and Cal Crutchlow.

Randy de Puniet was again top CRT rider in a very impressive eighth place, ahead of all the Ducatis and nearly a second faster than Aspar team-mate Aleix Espargaro.

Hector Barbera also had an accident. He was unhurt.

The injured Stefan Bradl was ruled out of the session after assessing his condition in practice one.

Pos  Rider             Team/Bike             Time       Gap
 1.  Jorge Lorenzo     Yamaha                1m28.961s
 2.  Alvaro Bautista   Gresini Honda         1m29.438s  +0.477s
 3.  Dani Pedrosa      Honda                 1m29.478s  +0.517s
 4.  Valentino Rossi   Yamaha                1m29.537s  +0.576s
 5.  Cal Crutchlow     Tech 3 Yamaha         1m29.667s  +0.706s
 6.  Marc Marquez      Honda                 1m29.989s  +1.028s
 7.  Bradley Smith     Tech 3 Yamaha         1m30.165s  +1.204s
 8.  Randy de Puniet   Aspar Aprilia         1m30.215s  +1.254s
 9.  Nicky Hayden      Ducati                1m30.609s  +1.648s
10.  Andrea Dovizioso  Ducati                1m30.754s  +1.793s
11.  Andrea Iannone    Pramac Ducati         1m30.792s  +1.831s
12.  Colin Edwards     Forward FTR-Kawasaki  1m30.917s  +1.956s
13.  Aleix Espargaro   Aspar Aprilia         1m31.091s  +2.130s
14.  Yonny Hernandez   Pramac Ducati         1m31.134s  +2.173s
15.  Hector Barbera    Avintia FTR-Kawasaki  1m31.286s  +2.325s
16.  Hiroshi Aoyama    Avintia FTR-Kawasaki  1m31.434s  +2.473s
17.  Claudio Corti     Forward FTR-Kawasaki  1m31.451s  +2.490s
18.  Danilo Petrucci   Ioda-Suter-BMW        1m31.985s  +3.024s
19.  Michael Laverty   PBM Aprilia           1m32.066s  +3.105s
20.  Luca Scassa       Cardion Aprilia       1m32.261s  +3.300s
21.  Bryan Staring     Gresini FTR-Honda     1m32.290s  +3.329s
22.  Lukas Pesek       Ioda-Suter-BMW        1m32.943s  +3.982s
23.  Damian Cudlin     PBM Aprilia           1m34.969s  +6.008s
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