Lorenzo fastest again in third and final MotoGP practice at Mugello

Jorge Lorenzo completed a clean sweep of Mugello MotoGP practice sessions with another blistering performance on Saturday morning

Lorenzo fastest again in third and final MotoGP practice at Mugello

The world championship leader produced a 1m47.764s - the fastest ever motorcycle lap of Mugello - just a few minutes into the session, and then soon improved to 1m47.584s.

But despite his impressive pace, Lorenzo was not completely dominant. Dani Pedrosa eventually got to within 0.095 seconds of the Yamaha's pace on the best Honda, while his team-mate Casey Stoner was 0.289s down on Lorenzo in third.

The other Yamahas completed the top six, with works rider Ben Spies just ahead of Tech 3 duo Andrea Dovizioso and Cal Crutchlow. Spies had a run through the gravel at first corner San Donato, but stayed upright.

Leading Ducati rider was Nicky Hayden in seventh. Italian hero Valentino Rossi was back in 10th on the second factory Desmosedici.

Gresini Honda rider Alvaro Bautista had his third crash in as many sessions with a dramatic fall on the way into the long Correntaio right-hander. Bautista was unhurt, but ended the session slower than the flying CRT Aprilia of Aleix Espargaro.

 Pos Rider Team/Bike Time Gap 1. Jorge Lorenzo Yamaha 1m47.584s 2. Dani Pedrosa Honda 1m47.679s + 0.095s 3. Casey Stoner Honda 1m47.873s + 0.289s 4. Ben Spies Yamaha 1m47.886s + 0.302s 5. Andrea Dovizioso Tech 3 Yamaha 1m48.028s + 0.444s 6. Cal Crutchlow Tech 3 Yamaha 1m48.068s + 0.484s 7. Nicky Hayden Ducati 1m48.189s + 0.605s 8. Hector Barbera Pramac Ducati 1m48.441s + 0.857s 9. Stefan Bradl LCR Honda 1m48.527s + 0.943s 10. Valentino Rossi Ducati 1m48.740s + 1.156s 11. Aleix Espargaro Aspar Aprilia 1m49.234s + 1.650s 12. Alvaro Bautista Gresini Honda 1m49.310s + 1.726s 13. Randy de Puniet Aspar Aprilia 1m49.715s + 2.131s 14. Ivan Silva Avintia Inmotec-Kawasaki 1m50.751s + 3.167s 15. Michele Pirro Gresini FTR-Honda 1m50.962s + 3.378s 16. Danilo Petrucci Ioda-Aprilia 1m51.325s + 3.741s 17. Yonny Hernandez Avintia FTR-Kawasaki 1m51.341s + 3.757s 18. Mattia Pasini Speed Master Aprilia 1m51.587s + 4.003s 19. James Ellison Paul Bird Aprilia 1m51.705s + 4.121s 20. Colin Edwards Forward Suter-BMW 1m51.729s + 4.145s 
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