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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