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Marquez maintains Indy stranglehold, Ben Spies hurt

Marc Marquez fastest during free practice 3 for the Indianapolis MotoGP, Ben Spies suffers more shoulder misery
Marc Marquez continued his dominance of the 2013 Indianapolis MotoGP weekend by holding his place at the top of the timesheets during Saturday morning practice.

Meanwhile, the luckless Ben Spies spent most of the session in the Medical Centre, having his left shoulder examined.

Spies is making his MotoGP comeback, having only raced twice this season due to right shoulder injuries - then surgery and muscle problems - sustained in last October's Malaysian race.

13th but feeling back to fitness on Friday, the Texan was kicked from his Pramac Ducati when the rear slid, then gripped, just before the halfway stage of FP3

Spies landed on the front of his bike before being dumped onto the asphalt, with his left shoulder taking the brunt of the force.

The former WSBK champion and MotoGP race winner shunned the offer of a stretcher, but was unable to remove his helmet without assistance and duly pointed to his left shoulder/collarbone area, with pain written on his face.

The outcome of the medical checks has not yet been announced, although rumours suggest a possible dislocation.

Meanwhile, rookie title leader Marquez got the better of fellow Honda rider Stefan Bradl in the closing minutes of the session, which Marquez finished with an advantage of 0.281s.

Marquez's best lap was 0.658s under his Friday best and just a few hundredths of a second from the official pole record, set by Repsol Honda team-mate Dani Pedrosa. Second in the championship Pedrosa was only fifth quickest (0.725s) this morning, but - unlike Marquez - set his best time on the harder rear tyre.

Cal Crutchlow was the top Yamaha in third place (+0.597s), the Tech 3 star edging out Gresini Honda's Alvaro Bautista to be the only M1 competitor in the top five. Factory Yamaha stars Jorge Lorenzo and Valentino Rossi were sixth (0.753s) and seventh (0.796s), with Tech 3 rookie Bradley Smith in eighth and Andrea Dovizioso the leading Ducati in ninth.

The top ten riders after FP3 receive direct access to the second and final part of this afternoon's qualifying session, while the others will fight for the last two places in qualifying one.

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August 17, 2013 4:20 PM
Last Edited 1162 days ago

Ben is a race winner in MotoGP, get a grip. Ducati ruins another carrier. I bet Cal won't fare any better than Ben has. It's a huge shame, Ducati should pull their head out of their ar$e and walk away from MotoGP.. And to think that they turned away from the only rider who could actually ride the damn bike... Oh god.

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