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Brno MotoGP: Dani Pedrosa leads Honda practice one-two

Dani Pedrosa upstaged Honda team-mate Marc Marquez at the end of practice three for MotoGP's Czech Grand Prix at Brno.

Marquez's early 1m56.649s kept him on top for most of the session, but on his final run Pedrosa closed in to just 0.034 seconds behind.

Pedrosa had been up on Marquez for much of that lap before losing time, so seemed to have more to come.

He proved it with consecutive laps in 1m56.432s and 1m56.282s to first take the top spot, then move it further out of his rivals' reach.

Marquez improved on his last lap too, but remained 0.317s slower than his team-mate.

Bradley Smith had been in jeopardy of missing the Q2 places after an early visit to the gravel, before a determined late lap brought him up to second, which became third after Pedrosa's progress.

That meant Tech 3 rider Smith was the leading Yamaha, with factory men Jorge Lorenzo and Valentino Rossi 0.006s and 0.011s behind him respectively.

Ducati men Andrea Iannone and Cal Crutchlow also had to make last-gasp jumps to ensure Q2 places, ending up sixth and 10th, split by Pol Espargaro, Andrea Dovizioso and Aleix Espargaro.

Crutchlow was the final rider to improve, and his Q2 slot came at the expense of Stefan Bradl, who must go through Q1 for the first time in 2014.

Yonny Hernandez and Alvaro Bautista will be Bradl's main opposition in first qualifying.

Ducati's additional rider Michele Pirro is also in Q1. He was 14th in practice three and had a fall early on.

Hector Barbera was the session's other crasher, sliding into the gravel and making it all the way to the barriers - which he duly punched in frustration while trying to dig his Avintia bike out of the tyres.

                                                               
Pos Rider             Bike                   Time       Gap     Laps
 1. Dani Pedrosa      Honda                  1m56.282s           17 
 2. Marc Marquez      Honda                  1m56.599s  +0.317s  15 
 3. Bradley Smith     Tech 3 Yamaha          1m56.780s  +0.498s  18 
 4. Jorge Lorenzo     Yamaha                 1m56.786s  +0.504s  16 
 5. Valentino Rossi   Yamaha                 1m56.791s  +0.509s  16 
 6. Andrea Iannone    Pramac Ducati          1m56.816s  +0.534s  14 
 7. Pol Espargaro     Tech 3 Yamaha          1m56.825s  +0.543s  17 
 8. Andrea Dovizioso  Ducati                 1m56.882s  +0.600s  15 
 9. Cal Crutchlow     Ducati                 1m57.016s  +0.734s  16 
10. Aleix Espargaro   Forward Yamaha         1m57.090s  +0.808s  14 
11. Stefan Bradl      LCR Honda              1m57.091s  +0.809s  17 
12. Alvaro Bautista   Gresini Honda          1m57.494s  +1.212s  18 
13. Yonny Hernandez   Pramac Ducati          1m57.517s  +1.235s  15 
14. Michele Pirro     Ducati                 1m57.785s  +1.503s  13 
15. Scott Redding     Gresini Honda          1m57.790s  +1.508s  16 
16. Hiroshi Aoyama    Aspar Honda            1m58.865s  +2.583s  18 
17. Karel Abraham     Cardion Honda          1m59.153s  +2.871s  15 
18. Hector Barbera    Avintia FTR-Kawasaki   1m59.561s  +3.279s  11 
19. Leon Camier       Aspar Honda            1m59.593s  +3.311s  17 
20. Alex de Angelis   Forward Yamaha         1m59.889s  +3.607s  17 
21. Mike di Meglio    Avintia FTR-Kawasaki   2m00.117s  +3.835s  17 
22. Danilo Petrucci   Ioda Aprilia           2m00.173s  +3.891s  15 
23. Michael Laverty   PBM-Aprilia            2m00.895s  +4.613s  14 
24. Broc Parkes       PBM-Aprilia            2m01.293s  +5.011s  13 
                                                                    
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