Mugello MotoGP: Marc Marquez leads damp first practice

Marc Marquez was fastest despite a late fall as MotoGP's Mugello weekend began with a damp free practice session

Mugello MotoGP: Marc Marquez leads damp first practice

Heavy overnight rain meant it was only in the final few minutes that slicks could be used, and not all the frontrunners felt it was worth trying them.

Marquez put his Honda on top by over a second for a while as he led progress towards competitive dry times, although his final 1m54.797s was still seven seconds down on last year's pole.

He ran off the track after setting that time, keeping his Honda upright through the gravel only to then fall when he tried to cross the wet grass back onto the track.

The Spaniard was unhurt and managed to bump-start his bike and rejoin.

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The order was predictably unusual as timing of slick laps decided the standings.

Ducati test rider Michele Pirro took second, followed by LCR Honda's Stefan Bradl and CRT duo Karel Abraham (Cardion) and Yonny Hernandez (Paul Bird). The latter was fastest overall for a spell.

Championship leader Dani Pedrosa set the best wet-tyre time of the morning, but ended up eighth.

The Yamahas did not try slicks, leaving Jorge Lorenzo and Valentino Rossi 14th and 19th.

Andrea Dovizioso crashed his Ducati at the first turn without drama. Ioda team-mate Lukas Pesek and Danilo Petrucci were the others to fall.

Pos  Rider             Team/Bike             Time       Gap
 1.  Marc Marquez      Honda                 1m54.797s
 2.  Michele Pirro     Ducati                1m55.195s  + 0.398s
 3.  Stefan Bradl      LCR Honda             1m55.288s  + 0.491s
 4.  Karel Abraham     Cardion Aprilia       1m55.874s  + 1.077s
 5.  Yonny Hernandez   PBM Aprilia           1m55.907s  + 1.110s
 6.  Bradley Smith     Tech 3 Yamaha         1m55.981s  + 1.184s
 7.  Nicky Hayden      Ducati                1m55.991s  + 1.194s
 8.  Dani Pedrosa      Honda                 1m56.534s  + 1.737s
 9.  Cal Crutchlow     Tech 3 Yamaha         1m56.984s  + 2.187s
10.  Ben Spies         Pramac Ducati         1m57.045s  + 2.248s
11.  Alvaro Bautista   Gresini Honda         1m57.910s  + 3.113s
12.  Aleix Espargaro   Aspar Aprilia         1m58.076s  + 3.279s
13.  Andrea Iannone    Pramac Ducati         1m58.478s  + 3.681s
14.  Jorge Lorenzo     Yamaha                2m00.174s  + 5.377s
15.  Andrea Dovizioso  Ducati                2m00.457s  + 5.660s
16.  Hiroshi Aoyama    Avintia FTR-Kawasaki  2m00.801s  + 6.004s
17.  Colin Edwards     Forward FTR-Kawasaki  2m01.082s  + 6.285s
18.  Randy de Puniet   Aspar Aprilia         2m01.108s  + 6.311s
19.  Valentino Rossi   Yamaha                2m01.455s  + 6.658s
20.  Hector Barbera    Avintia FTR-Kawasaki  2m02.673s  + 7.876s
21.  Lukas Pesek       Ioda-Suter-BMW        2m04.160s  + 9.363s
22.  Bryan Staring     Gresini FTR-Honda     2m04.511s  + 9.714s
23.  Danilo Petrucci   Ioda-Suter-BMW        2m05.741s  + 10.944s
24.  Michael Laverty   PBM-Aprilia           2m05.759s  + 10.962s
25.  Claudio Corti     Forward FTR-Kawasaki  2m06.323s  + 11.526s
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