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MOTOGP NEWS 

Mugello MotoGP: rain disrupts second free practice

Michele Pirro emerged fastest as poor weather at Mugello meant a dearth of action in second MotoGP practice

Pre-session rain created tricky track conditions, leading to a largely uneventful 45 minutes as riders were reluctant to explore the Tuscan circuit.

It was left to likes of Ducati duo Pirro and Andrea Dovizioso, Le Mans podium finisher Alvaro Bautista and Pramac's Yonny Hernandez to provide anything in the way of entertainment as they tiptoed around on their exploratory laps.

With conditions worsening in the final five minutes, Nicky Hayden was the first to set a flying lap with a time of 2m11.660s before making further gains and whittling it down to 2m07.067s.

His spell at the top of the order was short lived, however, as wild card entrant Pirro went 1.632s quicker at the end of the session to go overall quickest.

Bautista was 3.718s off the ultimate pace and Hiroshi Aoyama, who was the only other rider to set a time, finished in fourth position.

Follow the Mugello MotoGP qualifying day on AUTOSPORT Race Centre Live on Saturday morning from 12:30pm UK time

Pos Rider             Bike                   Time      Gap      Laps
 1. Michele Pirro     Ducati                 2m05.435s           3
 2. Nicky Hayden      Aspar Honda            2m07.067s  +1.632s  5
 3. Alvaro Bautista   Gresini Honda          2m09.153s  +3.718s  4
 4. Hiroshi Aoyama    Aspar Honda            2m12.275s  +6.840s  3
 5. Marc Marquez      Honda                  no time
 6. Valentino Rossi   Yamaha                 no time
 7. Andrea Iannone    Pramac Ducati          no time
 8. Andrea Dovizioso  Ducati                 no time
 9. Jorge Lorenzo     Yamaha                 no time
10. Aleix Espargaro   Forward Yamaha         no time
11. Cal Crutchlow     Ducati                 no time
12. Stefan Bradl      LCR Honda              no time
13. Bradley Smith     Tech 3 Yamaha          no time
14. Dani Pedrosa      Honda                  no time
15. Pol Espargaro     Tech 3 Yamaha          no time
16. Colin Edwards     Forward Yamaha         no time
17. Yonny Hernandez   Pramac Ducati          no time
18. Karel Abraham     Cardion Honda          no time
19. Scott Redding     Gresini Honda          no time
20. Hector Barbera    Avintia FTR-Kawasaki   no time
21. Mike di Meglio    Avintia FTR-Kawasaki   no time
22. Michael Laverty   PBM Aprilia            no time
23. Broc Parkes       PBM Aprilia            no time

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