Mugello MotoGP: Lorenzo sets practice pace, Marquez misses Q2 cut

Jorge Lorenzo smashed the Mugello MotoGP track record as he set the fastest time in free practice three, while reigning champion Marc Marquez failed to make the automatic Q2 cut

Mugello MotoGP: Lorenzo sets practice pace, Marquez misses Q2 cut

In a frantic end to the 45-minute session, riders were setting fastest sector times all over the track, and Marquez was bumped out of the magical top 10 group guaranteed a Q2 spot.

Lorenzo's 1m46.617s is the first lap in the 1m46s at Mugello by a MotoGP rider, smashing fellow Spaniard Dani Pedrosa's previous record by a second.

Andrea Iannone continued Ducati's excellent weekend so far by taking second, albeit 0.391s down on Lorenzo. Iannone spent most of the session in obscurity, but jumped up the order with a few minutes to go.

Iannone's Ducati team-mate and Friday pacesetter Andrea Dovisioso rounded out the top three, with wildcard entrant Michele Pirro also jumping up the order late on to make it three Ducatis in the top four on his first grand prix appearance of the year.

Pol Espargo earned fifth after undergoing recent surgery, the brutal San Donato braking zone looking painful for his forearm.

Lorenzo's team-mate Valentino Rossi followed his tough Friday with a yo-yo session to start Saturday. The crowd favourite only just secured a place in the top 10 with a late surge, managing ninth behind Pedrosa and Bradley Smith.

Maverick Vinales completed the top 10 in practice with a sensational effort on the Suzuki, which is surrendering 0.2s on the start/finish straight alone.

PRACTICE THREE TIMES:

Pos Rider Team Bike Time Gap Laps
1 Jorge Lorenzo Yamaha Yamaha 1m46.617s - 20
2 Andrea Iannone Ducati Ducati 1m47.008s 0.391s 20
3 Andrea Dovizioso Ducati Ducati 1m47.113s 0.496s 19
4 Michele Pirro Ducati Ducati 1m47.161s 0.544s 18
5 Pol Espargaro Tech 3 Yamaha 1m47.175s 0.558s 20
6 Cal Crutchlow LCR Honda 1m47.210s 0.593s 17
7 Dani Pedrosa Honda Honda 1m47.226s 0.609s 19
8 Bradley Smith Tech 3 Yamaha 1m47.495s 0.878s 17
9 Valentino Rossi Yamaha Yamaha 1m47.543s 0.926s 21
10 Maverick Vinales Suzuki Suzuki 1m47.557s 0.940s 17
11 Marc Marquez Honda Honda 1m47.566s 0.949s 16
12 Scott Redding Marc VDS Honda 1m47.595s 0.978s 18
13 Danilo Petrucci Pramac Racing Ducati 1m47.639s 1.022s 17
14 Aleix Espargaro Suzuki Suzuki 1m47.776s 1.159s 15
15 Yonny Hernandez Pramac Racing Ducati 1m47.893s 1.276s 17
16 Loris Baz Forward Racing Yamaha Forward 1m48.548s 1.931s 15
17 Stefan Bradl Forward Racing Yamaha Forward 1m48.580s 1.963s 19
18 Jack Miller LCR Honda 1m48.580s 1.963s 11
19 Alvaro Bautista Aprilia Gresini Aprilia 1m48.806s 2.189s 18
20 Nicky Hayden Aspar Honda 1m49.005s 2.388s 16
21 Mike Di Meglio Avintia Racing Ducati 1m49.006s 2.389s 13
22 Hector Barbera Avintia Racing Ducati 1m49.071s 2.454s 17
23 Karel Abraham AB Motoracing Honda 1m49.272s 2.655s 17
24 Eugene Laverty Aspar Honda 1m49.714s 3.097s 19
25 Alex de Angelis IodaRacing Project ART/Aprilia 1m50.031s 3.414s 19
26 Marco Melandri Aprilia Gresini Aprilia 1m52.050s 5.433s 16

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