Mugello MotoGP: Lorenzo pips Rossi as Marquez crashes

Jorge Lorenzo denied Valentino Rossi a home top spot in Mugello practice, as Marc Marquez escaped a violent accident

Mugello MotoGP: Lorenzo pips Rossi as Marquez crashes

Marquez, who had been fastest in the morning, lost control under braking at the end of a 200mph straight.

His Honda slid onto the wet grass lining the track and slammed to the ground before sliding into the gravel.

Marquez crawled away from the wreckage and was taken straight to the medical centre for checks.

Initial notification from race control was that the Spaniard had not sustained any serious injuries.

The accident was the worse part of a difficult session for Honda, which could only watch as rival Yamaha dominated.

Rossi and Lorenzo swapped first position relentlessly, in one of seven-time Mugello MotoGP race-winner Rossi's strongest performances since rejoining Yamaha.

The home crowd will have to wait to see Rossi end a session on top, though, as Lorenzo snatched the place away in the closing moments with a 1m48.375s, 0.034 seconds faster than the sister M1.

Yamaha filled the top three positions, with Cal Crutchlow third for Tech 3.

In addition to Marquez's accident, Crutchlow's team-mate Bradley Smith also needed a trip to the medical centre following a violent crash. He is being assessed for a possible left arm injury.

Ducati had an encouraging session on home ground. Nicky Hayden was fourth, pushing championship leader Dani Pedrosa's Honda back to fifth.

Hayden's team-mates Andrea Dovizioso and Michele Pirro were seventh and 10th, but second-best Ducati was Pramac's Andrea Iannone, who benefited from tailing Rossi on his way to sixth.

Aspar rider Randy de Puniet led the CRT pack in ninth place overall.

Pos Rider Team/Bike Time Gap 1. Jorge Lorenzo Yamaha 1m48.375s 2. Valentino Rossi Yamaha 1m48.409s + 0.034s 3. Cal Crutchlow Tech 3 Yamaha 1m48.672s + 0.297s 4. Nicky Hayden Ducati 1m49.377s + 1.002s 5. Dani Pedrosa Honda 1m49.383s + 1.008s 6. Andrea Iannone Pramac Ducati 1m49.467s + 1.092s 7. Andrea Dovizioso Ducati 1m49.543s + 1.168s 8. Stefan Bradl LCR Honda 1m49.595s + 1.220s 9. Randy de Puniet Aspar Aprilia 1m49.599s + 1.224s 10. Michele Pirro Ducati 1m49.649s + 1.274s 11. Alvaro Bautista Gresini Honda 1m49.733s + 1.358s 12. Aleix Espargaro Aspar Aprilia 1m49.769s + 1.394s 13. Bradley Smith Tech 3 Yamaha 1m50.103s + 1.728s 14. Marc Marquez Honda 1m50.210s + 1.835s 15. Hector Barbera Avintia FTR-Kawasaki 1m50.400s + 2.025s 16. Ben Spies Pramac Ducati 1m51.105s + 2.730s 17. Colin Edwards Forward FTR-Kawasaki 1m51.433s + 3.058s 18. Karel Abraham Cardion Aprilia 1m51.528s + 3.153s 19. Yonny Hernandez PBM Aprilia 1m51.644s + 3.269s 20. Danilo Petrucci Ioda-Suter-BMW 1m51.937s + 3.562s 21. Hiroshi Aoyama Avintia FTR-Kawasaki 1m52.182s + 3.807s 22. Claudio Corti Forward FTR-Kawasaki 1m53.314s + 4.939s 23. Michael Laverty PBM-Aprilia 1m53.480s + 5.105s 24. Bryan Staring Gresini FTR-Honda 1m54.231s + 5.856s 25. Lukas Pesek Ioda-Suter-BMW 1m54.829s + 6.454s 
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