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Brno MotoGP: Marc Marquez leads tight opening practice

Marc Marquez, Honda, Brno MotoGP 2014

Marc Marquez narrowly edged out Jorge Lorenzo and Dani Pedrosa in the opening MotoGP practice session at Brno.

Although Marquez's Honda was in front for most of the morning session in the Czech Republic, Lorenzo did pop his Yamaha ahead for a spell with a 1m56.840s.

Even when Marquez did return to the front, it was by only 0.037 seconds over Lorenzo, while Pedrosa was just 0.015s behind the Yamaha on the second Honda.

Aleix Espargaro put the Forward Yamaha fourth, ahead of Valentino Rossi on the other factory version and Stefan Bradl's LCR Honda.

Andrea Dovizioso was top Ducati in seventh, though Pramac's Yonny Hernandez made good use of a lap on Rossi's tail to slip in 0.021s behind the Italian in eighth.

Tech 3 duo Pol Espargaro and Bradley Smith completed the top 10.

Ducati is back up to five bikes this weekend with test rider Michele Pirro making his latest appearance on a third works entry. He was 11th.

Alex de Angelis began his MotoGP return in place of Colin Edwards on the second Forward bike with 19th place.

Pos Rider             Bike                  Time       Gap    Laps
 1. Marc Marquez      Honda                 1m56.803s           17
 2. Jorge Lorenzo     Yamaha                1m56.840s  +0.037s  15
 3. Dani Pedrosa      Honda                 1m56.855s  +0.052s  17
 4. Aleix Espargaro   Forward Yamaha        1m57.002s  +0.199s  15
 5. Valentino Rossi   Yamaha                1m57.065s  +0.262s  18
 6. Stefan Bradl      LCR Honda             1m57.084s  +0.281s  18
 7. Andrea Dovizioso  Ducati                1m57.169s  +0.366s  15
 8. Yonny Hernandez   Pramac Ducati         1m57.190s  +0.387s  17
 9. Pol Espargaro     Tech 3 Yamaha         1m57.634s  +0.831s  18
10. Bradley Smith     Tech 3 Yamaha         1m57.816s  +1.013s  16
11. Michele Pirro     Ducati                1m58.040s  +1.237s  14
12. Andrea Iannone    Pramac Ducati         1m58.061s  +1.258s  14
13. Scott Redding     Gresini Honda         1m58.301s  +1.498s  15
14. Cal Crutchlow     Ducati                1m58.340s  +1.537s  16
15. Alvaro Bautista   Gresini Honda         1m58.698s  +1.895s  16
16. Hector Barbera    Avintia FTR-Kawasaki  1m58.714s  +1.911s  14
17. Hiroshi Aoyama    Aspar Honda           1m58.895s  +2.092s  18
18. Karel Abraham     Cardion Honda         1m59.216s  +2.413s  15
19. Alex de Angelis   Forward Yamaha        1m59.959s  +3.156s  18
20. Mike di Meglio    Avintia FTR-Kawasaki  2m00.240s  +3.437s  13
21. Michael Laverty   PBM-Aprilia           2m00.345s  +3.542s  16
22. Leon Camier       Aspar Honda           2m00.445s  +3.642s  16
23. Danilo Petrucci   Ioda Aprilia          2m00.497s  +3.694s  14
24. Broc Parkes       PBM-Aprilia           2m00.752s  +3.949s  16

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