Misano MotoGP: Yonny Hernandez tops wet, crash-strewn practice

Yonny Hernandez set the pace for Pramac Ducati in a crash-strewn first MotoGP practice session at Misano

Misano MotoGP: Yonny Hernandez tops wet, crash-strewn practice

Heavy overnight rain, followed by steady morning drizzle, left the 2.6-mile circuit sodden and the tricky conditions caught out eight riders in the first 10 minutes of the session.

Of these, Andrea Iannone and Pol Espargaro were the most spectacular fallers as they crashed in sequence at Turn 1, with the former visibly struggling to put weight on his right foot as he made his way back to the Pramac garage.

Home hero Valentino Rossi also took a trip through the gravel when the front end of his Yamaha folded under braking at Turn 4, but he came away unharmed and resumed running on his second bike.

Hernandez, meanwhile, managed to tiptoe his way around the track and his mid-session time of 1m50.310s remained unbeatable until the end as the weather conditions deteriorated.

Points leader Marc Marquez finished 1.693 seconds off the Colombian's pace in second, ahead of Andrea Dovizioso and Stefan Bradl.

Ioda Racing rider Danilo Petrucci claimed fifth and was the last to go down when he had a nasty spill in the final three minutes of the session, but the Italian appeared to be unhurt from the incident.

Aleix Espargaro dusted himself from his early crash to finish sixth ahead of Iannone, who sat out the majority of session with an icepack on his ankle, while Pol Espargaro, Rossi and Dani Pedrosa rounded off the top 10.

Defending race winner Jorge Lorenzo had a muted session and finished 12th.

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Pos Rider Team Bike Time Gap
1 Yonny Hernandez Pramac Racing Ducati 1m50.310s -
2 Marc Marquez Honda Honda 1m52.003s 1.693s
3 Andrea Dovizioso Ducati Ducati 1m52.093s 1.783s
4 Stefan Bradl LCR Honda 1m52.386s 2.076s
5 Danilo Petrucci IodaRacing Project ART/Aprilia 1m53.157s 2.847s
6 Aleix Espargaro Forward Racing Forward Yamaha 1m53.336s 3.026s
7 Andrea Iannone Pramac Racing Ducati 1m53.478s 3.168s
8 Pol Espargaro Tech 3 Yamaha 1m53.765s 3.455s
9 Valentino Rossi Yamaha Yamaha 1m54.243s 3.933s
10 Dani Pedrosa Honda Honda 1m54.450s 4.140s
11 Alex de Angelis Forward Racing Forward Yamaha 1m55.063s 4.753s
12 Jorge Lorenzo Yamaha Yamaha 1m55.415s 5.105s
13 Cal Crutchlow Ducati Ducati 1m56.650s 6.340s
14 Karel Abraham Cardion AB Motoracing Honda 1m56.716s 6.406s
15 Michael Laverty Paul Bird Motorsport PBM/Aprilia 1m56.732s 6.422s
16 Scott Redding Gresini Racing Honda 1m56.776s 6.466s
17 Alvaro Bautista Gresini Racing Honda 1m56.830s 6.520s
18 Hiroshi Aoyama Aspar Honda 1m58.769s 8.459s
19 Mike Di Meglio Avintia Racing Avintia/Kawasaki 2m01.914s 11.604s
20 Leon Camier Aspar Honda 2m02.600s 12.290s
21 Hector Barbera Avintia Racing Avintia/Kawasaki 2m06.903s 16.593s
- Broc Parkes Paul Bird Motorsport PBM/Aprilia - -
- Bradley Smith Tech 3 Yamaha - -
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