Misano MotoGP: Marc Marquez fastest in first practice

Marc Marquez edged out Jorge Lorenzo in first practice for MotoGP's San Marino Grand Prix at Misano

Misano MotoGP: Marc Marquez fastest in first practice

The Honda rider was quickest for the majority of the session at a track where Yamaha has dominated in recent years.

Marquez's 1m33.328s was within a tenth of last year's pole time on the resurfaced circuit, and it beat Lorenzo's best effort for Yamaha by 0.094 seconds.

Ducati has entered a third bike for its test rider Michele Pirro on home ground, and the Italian starred - as a track he knows very well from his development duties - with the third-fastest time.

Pirro's works team-mates Andrea Dovizioso and Andrea Iannone were fifth and 10th.

Championship leader and 2014 Misano winner Valentino Rossi ended the morning sixth behind Dani Pedrosa and Dovizioso, just ahead of Tech 3 Yamaha team-mates Pol Espargaro and Bradley Smith and LCR Honda's Cal Crutchlow.

The Suzukis struggled - Maverick Vinales 14th and Aleix Espargaro way down in 19th.

The session ran 10 minutes later than planned due to a red flag for a terrifying crash in the preceding Moto3 practice.

Silverstone polesitter Jorge Navarro fell at the fast Turn 11 right-hander and was immediately hit at high speed by the closely-following Lorenzo Dalla Porta.

Navarro required medical attention at the scene but was conscious and has been taken to hospital for a CT scan and assessment of left shoulder injuries.

MotoGP had a dramatic accident of its own when Forward rider Claudio Corti lost control in the same section.

The Italian walked away unhurt after being thrown clear of his bike, which landed on top of the tyre wall when it finished its high-flying tumble through the gravel.

FP1 TIMES

Pos Rider Team Bike Gap Laps
1 Marc Marquez Honda Honda 1m33.328s 21
2 Jorge Lorenzo Yamaha Yamaha 0.094s 18
3 Michele Pirro Ducati Ducati 0.469s 13
4 Dani Pedrosa Honda Honda 0.602s 19
5 Andrea Dovizioso Ducati Ducati 0.687s 16
6 Valentino Rossi Yamaha Yamaha 0.758s 21
7 Pol Espargaro Tech 3 Yamaha 0.766s 24
8 Bradley Smith Tech 3 Yamaha 0.938s 23
9 Cal Crutchlow LCR Honda 0.954s 19
10 Andrea Iannone Ducati Ducati 0.991s 20
11 Scott Redding Marc VDS Honda 1.154s 19
12 Hector Barbera Avintia Racing Ducati 1.262s 19
13 Danilo Petrucci Pramac Racing Ducati 1.420s 19
14 Maverick Vinales Suzuki Suzuki 1.541s 17
15 Eugene Laverty Aspar Honda 1.557s 21
16 Yonny Hernandez Pramac Racing Ducati 1.603s 18
17 Alvaro Bautista Aprilia Gresini Aprilia 1.660s 20
18 Loris Baz Forward Racing Yamaha Forward 1.720s 19
19 Aleix Espargaro Suzuki Suzuki 1.735s 16
20 Mike Di Meglio Avintia Racing Ducati 1.898s 17
21 Jack Miller LCR Honda 2.093s 20
22 Nicky Hayden Aspar Honda 2.099s 19
23 Karel Abraham AB Motoracing Honda 2.300s 18
24 Stefan Bradl Aprilia Gresini Aprilia 2.664s 18
25 Alex de Angelis IodaRacing Project ART/Aprilia 2.911s 19
26 Claudio Corti Forward Racing Yamaha Forward 5.030s 10


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