Indianapolis MotoGP: Jorge Lorenzo leads Marc Marquez in practice

Jorge Lorenzo topped the first MotoGP free practice session at Indianapolis on Friday, edging out Marc Marquez

Indianapolis MotoGP: Jorge Lorenzo leads Marc Marquez in practice

Yamaha rider Lorenzo set the pace for the majority of the session after posting the fastest time early on and then became the first rider of the session to go under 1m34s shortly after that.

He was briefly deposed by Marquez's Honda in the closing stages before retaking top spot by 0.093 seconds with little more than a minute remaining.

Marquez, who spent the first half of practice outside of the top 10, moved towards the sharp end with a sequence of quick laps shortly after the halfway mark.

The reigning world champion was able to regularly outpace Lorenzo through the first three sectors of the lap, but on three consecutive attempts he fell back through the short final sector.

Marquez then returned to the track with around five minutes remaining, and despite still losing a tenth to Lorenzo in the final few corners he had built up enough of a gap earlier in the lap to still set the fastest time.

Before that run for Marquez, Andrea Dovizioso used a soft rear tyre on his Ducati to match Lorenzo's benchmark to three decimal places.

In the end the Italian had to settle for third as the two Spaniards improved, but he remained clear of Dani Pedrosa and championship leader Valentino Rossi, who completed the top five.

The second Ducati of Andrea Iannone was next up ahead of Cal Crutchlow, who went straight on at the first corner in the middle of the session and took to the famous Indianapolis banking before rejoining the track.

The only other incident of note came very early on when Alex de Angelis suffered a low-speed fall in the Turn 4 left-hander, before getting back on the bike and rejoining a few seconds later.

At the bottom of the order, new Aprilia signing Stefan Bradl headed MotoGP returnee Toni Elias, who ended the session nearly five seconds off the pace in 23rd.

PRACTICE ONE TIMES:

Pos Rider Team Bike Gap Laps
1 Jorge Lorenzo Yamaha Yamaha 1m33.654s 18
2 Marc Marquez Honda Honda 0.093s 19
3 Andrea Dovizioso Ducati Ducati 0.217s 18
4 Dani Pedrosa Honda Honda 0.396s 17
5 Valentino Rossi Yamaha Yamaha 0.720s 20
6 Andrea Iannone Ducati Ducati 0.726s 20
7 Cal Crutchlow LCR Honda 0.807s 16
8 Pol Espargaro Tech 3 Yamaha 1.015s 21
9 Mike Di Meglio Avintia Racing Ducati 1.140s 18
10 Maverick Vinales Suzuki Suzuki 1.243s 19
11 Hector Barbera Avintia Racing Ducati 1.271s 19
12 Aleix Espargaro Suzuki Suzuki 1.312s 18
13 Scott Redding Marc VDS Honda 1.368s 21
14 Alvaro Bautista Aprilia Gresini Aprilia 1.412s 19
15 Yonny Hernandez Pramac Racing Ducati 1.477s 20
16 Bradley Smith Tech 3 Yamaha 1.477s 22
17 Danilo Petrucci Pramac Racing Ducati 1.595s 21
18 Nicky Hayden Aspar Honda 1.686s 18
19 Eugene Laverty Aspar Honda 1.949s 20
20 Jack Miller LCR Honda 2.282s 19
21 Alex de Angelis IodaRacing Project ART/Aprilia 2.762s 19
22 Stefan Bradl Aprilia Gresini Aprilia 2.790s 19
23 Toni Elias AB Motoracing Honda 4.858s 22


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