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Marquez owns opening COTA session

Alvaro Bautista (Gresini) and Cal Crutchlow (Tech 3) began the weekend in seventh and eighth places, with Spies (Pramac Ducati) completing a top ten covered by four seconds.

This is the first event where the privateer CRT riders will have a softer specification rear tyre available relative to the manufacturer riders. CRT rear tyre choice is soft and medium, while manufacturer riders have medium and hard compounds.

Quickest CRT this morning was PBM's Yonny Hernandez, in eleventh, despite a technical problem. Claudio Corti (Forward Racing), Bradley Smith (Tech 3), Edwards (Forward) and Aleix Espargaro (Aspar) completed what would be the points positions on Sunday.

Rookie Andrea Iannone (Pramac Ducati) was the slowest of the manufacturer riders in 18th, 6.1s from former Moto2 rival Marquez.

Two American wild-cards are joining the grid this weekend, in the CRT class: Blake Young with Attack Performance and Mike Barnes for GP Tech Suzuki. Both have tested their machines at the track, but were left at the tail of the timesheets in FP1, with Barnes 12.7s slower than Marquez.

A small fire broke out in the Tech 3 pit in the early hours of Thursday, triggering the automatic fire system and drenching the contents of the garage. The sprinkler system in the Factory Yamaha, LCR Honda and Cardion AB team garages was also activated, requiring a major clean-up operation prior to practice.

FP1 was the first daylight grand prix session of the year, round one having been the Losail night race. Second free practice takes place this afternoon.

Friday practice (1):

1. Marc Marquez
2. Jorge Lorenzo
3. Dani Pedrosa
4. Andrea Dovizioso
5. Nicky Hayden
6. Valentino Rossi
7. Alvaro Bautista
8. Cal Crutchlow
9. Stefan Bradl
10. Ben Spies
11. Yonny Hernandez
12. Claudio Corti
13. Bradley Smith
14. Colin Edwards
15. Aleix Espargaro
16. Randy De Puniet
17. Karel Abraham
18. Andrea Iannone
19. Danilo Petrucci
20. Hiroshi Aoyama
21. Bryan Staring
22. Hector Barbera
23. Michael Laverty
24. Lukas Pesek
25. Blake Young
26. Mike Barnes




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99 Crystal Ball. - Unregistered

April 19, 2013 9:20 PM

Love this kids style.He climbs all over that bike like a spider monkey.Awesome to watch.Whether he will win on Sunday is too hard to call,but i would love to see it happen.Can you imagine the size of the grin he would have on his face! It would almost be the size of the one on mine!



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