Valencia MotoGP: Marc Marquez beats Jorge Lorenzo in warm-up

Marc Marquez topped a delayed Sunday morning warm-up for the 2015 MotoGP championship-deciding Valencia Grand Prix, with title rivals Jorge Lorenzo and Valentino Rossi second and fourth

Valencia MotoGP: Marc Marquez beats Jorge Lorenzo in warm-up

Marquez and polesitter Lorenzo traded fastest times throughout the busy 20-minute session, which started later than planned after early morning fog had held up the preceding Moto3 and Moto2 sessions.

Honda rider Marquez ultimately beat his compatriot to the top spot with a lap of 1m31.062s on his final run.

Lorenzo, who has to overhaul a seven-point deficit to Rossi in Sunday's race to claim the title, was 0.321 seconds adrift in second on the Yamaha.

Points leader Rossi ended up fourth, one spot behind Pol Espargaro on the satellite Tech 3 Yamaha, but ahead of Honda's Dani Pedrosa.

Rossi will start Sunday's title decider from the back of the grid after his clash with Marquez at Sepang and must finish second if Lorenzo goes on to convert pole into a win.

Cal Crutchlow lapped sixth quickest on the LCR Honda, heading Andrea Iannone - the fastest of the Ducati riders - and Bradley Smith on the second of the Tech 3 Yamahas.

Suzuki's Aleix Espargaro was ninth, with Ducati's Andrea Dovizioso rounding out the top 10.

Michele Pirro, riding an additional factory Ducati was 13th quickest, while Nicky Hayden was 21st ahead of his final MotoGP start.

WARM-UP RESULTS:

Pos Rider Team Bike Time Gap
1 Marc Marquez Honda Honda 1m31.062s -
2 Jorge Lorenzo Yamaha Yamaha 1m31.383s 0.321s
3 Pol Espargaro Tech 3 Yamaha 1m31.597s 0.535s
4 Valentino Rossi Yamaha Yamaha 1m31.618s 0.556s
5 Dani Pedrosa Honda Honda 1m31.713s 0.651s
6 Cal Crutchlow LCR Honda 1m31.788s 0.726s
7 Andrea Iannone Ducati Ducati 1m31.854s 0.792s
8 Bradley Smith Tech 3 Yamaha 1m31.992s 0.930s
9 Aleix Espargaro Suzuki Suzuki 1m32.221s 1.159s
10 Andrea Dovizioso Ducati Ducati 1m32.317s 1.255s
11 Maverick Vinales Suzuki Suzuki 1m32.327s 1.265s
12 Yonny Hernandez Pramac Racing Ducati 1m32.548s 1.486s
13 Michele Pirro Ducati Ducati 1m32.605s 1.543s
14 Scott Redding Marc VDS Honda 1m32.624s 1.562s
15 Stefan Bradl Aprilia Gresini Aprilia 1m32.757s 1.695s
16 Mike Di Meglio Avintia Racing Ducati 1m32.914s 1.852s
17 Danilo Petrucci Pramac Racing Ducati 1m32.956s 1.894s
18 Hector Barbera Avintia Racing Ducati 1m32.998s 1.936s
19 Alvaro Bautista Aprilia Gresini Aprilia 1m33.177s 2.115s
20 Loris Baz Forward Racing Yamaha Forward 1m33.227s 2.165s
21 Nicky Hayden Aspar Honda 1m33.240s 2.178s
22 Jack Miller LCR Honda 1m33.313s 2.251s
23 Eugene Laverty Aspar Honda 1m33.502s 2.440s
24 Toni Elias Forward Racing Yamaha Forward 1m33.521s 2.459s
25 Anthony West AB Motoracing Honda 1m34.047s 2.985s
26 Broc Parkes IodaRacing Project ART/Aprilia 1m34.750s 3.688s

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