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Dutch MotoGP: Marquez leads wet second session, Lorenzo injured

Marc Marquez fastest during wet free practice (2) for the Dutch MotoGP at Assen, Jorge Lorenzo breaks collarbone.
MotoGP rookie Marc Marquez rose to the top of the timesheets during a wet Thursday afternoon practice for the Dutch TT at Assen - but all attention was on the Medical Centre, where reigning champion Jorge Lorenzo was being treated for a collarbone injury.

Lorenzo was thrown over the handlebars after the rear of his M1 lost traction, either due to aqua-planning or touching the edge of a white line, as he turned into a flat-out kink on the back straight (see separate story).

After a cold, but dry morning MotoGP practice - which ended with Lorenzo, Cal Crutchlow, Marquez and Valentino Rossi at the head of the timesheets - heavy rain had arrived in the closing stages of second Moto3 practice.

Rain streamed down throughout the 45-minutes, but set-up progress and familiarity with the grip levels meant lap times were steadily reduced.

But the time of Lorenzo's fall, just before the halfway stage of the 45-minutes, CRT rider Aleix Espargaro was quickest - the session eventually producing no less than 23 changes of the fastest lap time.

The last of those was by Marquez, on his 18th and final lap, putting him 0.252s ahead of Lorenzo's Yamaha team-mate Rossi, with Marquez's Repsol Honda team-mate and world championship leader Dani Pedrosa in third (+0.623s).

Fourth placed Stefan Bradl (LCR Honda) was the final rider within one-second of Marquez in the wet.

Andrea Dovizioso (Ducati), Nicky Hayden (Ducati), Crutchlow (Tech 3 Yamaha), Danilo Petrucci (Ioda), Yonny Hernandez (PBM) and Michael Laverty (PBM) completed the top ten.

The wet conditions guaranteed this morning's lap times remained unthreatened - and with only the top ten riders after third practice getting direct access to Qualifying 2, factory Ducati riders Dovizioso (11th) and Hayden (12th) will be among those hoping that predictions of more rain on Friday morning prove false.

Free practice (2):
1. Marc Marquez
2. Valentino Rossi
3. Dani Pedrosa
4. Stefan Bradl
5. Andrea Dovizioso
6. Nicky Hayden
7. Cal Crutchlow
8. Danilo Petrucci
9. Yonny Hernandez
10. Michael Laverty
11. Claudio Corti
12. Alvaro Bautista
13. Michele Pirro
14. Randy De Puniet
15. Karel Abraham
16. Aleix Espargaro
17. Jorge Lorenzo
18. Bradley Smith
19. Andrea Iannone
20. Ivan Silva
21. Lukas Pesek
22. Hector Barbera
23. Colin Edwards
24. Bryan Staring


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