Misano MotoGP: Marquez leads Pedrosa in first practice

Marc Marquez fended off Dani Pedrosa and Jorge Lorenzo to set the pace in MotoGP's opening practice session at Misano

Misano MotoGP: Marquez leads Pedrosa in first practice

The Spaniard hit the front early on and was never displaced as he improved several times to eventually end the session on a 1m34.476s.

Pedrosa fought back from early brake issues to jump the two works Yamahas and settle into second, just over two tenths down on his championship-leading team-mate.

Lorenzo, who ended Marquez's string of wins last time out at Silverstone, eventually claimed third ahead of team-mate Valentino Rossi, the pair trading blows several times during the session.

Both men were half a second off Marquez's time, in what was an encouraging first competitive run-out for Yamaha's new seamless gearbox.

Alvaro Bautista and Stefan Bradl made it four Hondas in the top six, while Nicky Hayden beat works Ducati stable-mate Andrea Dovizioso to seventh. The American was the last man to get within one second of Marquez.

Pramac's stand-in rider Michelle Pirro claimed ninth, with Aspar CRT man Aleix Espargaro rounding out the top 10.

It was a disappointing session for Yamaha's satellite Tech 3 squad.

On the back of a horrible home round, Cal Crutchlow struggled with rear balance and was only 11th fastest, two places ahead of team-mate Bradley Smith.

Pos Rider Team Time Laps 1. Marc Marquez Honda 1m34.476s 21 2. Dani Pedrosa Honda 1m34.698s +0.222s 18 3. Jorge Lorenzo Yamaha 1m34.902s +0.426s 19 4. Valentino Rossi Yamaha 1m34.978s +0.502s 22 5. Alvaro Bautista Gresini Honda 1m35.269s +0.793s 21 6. Stefan Bradl LCR Honda 1m35.299s +0.823s 22 7. Nicky Hayden Ducati 1m35.392s +0.916s 20 8. Andrea Dovizioso Ducati 1m35.504s +1.028s 17 9. Michele Pirro Pramac Ducati 1m35.725s +1.249s 19 10. Aleix Espargaro Aspar Aprilia 1m35.800s +1.324s 17 11. Cal Crutchlow Tech 3 Yamaha 1m35.913s +1.437s 17 12. Hector Barbera Avintia FTR-Kawasaki 1m36.198s +1.722s 20 13. Bradley Smith Tech 3 Yamaha 1m36.198s +1.722s 20 14. Colin Edwards Forward FTR-Kawasaki 1m36.652s +2.176s 20 15. Hiroshi Aoyama Avintia FTR-Kawasaki 1m36.661s +2.185s 20 16. Randy de Puniet Aspar Aprilia 1m36.764s +2.288s 20 17. Andrea Iannone Pramac Ducati 1m36.839s +2.363s 20 18. Danilo Petrucci Ioda-Suter-BMW 1m36.943s +2.467s 23 19. Claudio Corti Forward FTR-Kawasaki 1m37.252s +2.776s 21 20. Yonny Hernandez PBM Aprilia 1m37.329s +2.853s 17 21. Karel Abraham Cardion Ducati 1m37.688s +3.212s 17 22. Michael Laverty PBM-Aprilia 1m38.872s +4.396s 18 23. Bryan Staring Gresini FTR-Honda 1m39.024s +4.548s 21 24. Lukas Pesek Ioda-Suter-BMW 1m39.705s +5.229s 17 
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