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Italy MotoGP: Marquez leads, big fall for Bradl in warm-up

Marc Marquez fastest during warm-up for the Italian MotoGP at Mugello.
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Mugello pole sitter Marc Marquez got the better of fellow front row starter Jorge Lorenzo by 0.123s to lead morning warm-up for the Italian MotoGP.

Movistar Yamaha's Lorenzo, winner of the last three Mugello races, led the majority of the session with Repsol Honda's Marquez - yet to be beaten in 2014 qualifying or races - taking over with five minutes remaining.

Both Marquez and Lorenzo prepared for this afternoon's grand prix by completing one long run during the 20-minute session, Marquez dipping under 1m 48s on three of his eight fast laps and Lorenzo on one of his ten. However Lorenzo's 1m 47s came on his final lap.

While the Spaniards look well prepared for the race, Stefan Bradl's participation was in doubt after a massive highside. The young German was thrown twisting into the air when his RC213V jack-knifed across the track in the downhill braking zone for turn ten.

Bradl, who has qualified ninth, walked away checking his right hand but was subsequently cleared to compete after further checks at the Medical Centre. Marquez saved a rear-wheel moment at the same area.

Home legend Valentino Rossi, starting his 300th grand prix from just tenth place after a front tyre mistake in qualifying, had a busy morning.

The Yamaha star was constantly in and out of the pits and only recorded two complete flying laps, the best of which put The Doctor in eighth place (+0.717s) - his pensive body language after the session suggesting he has plenty to think about for the race.

Surprisingly, given the issues in qualifying, Rossi still appears to be considering the soft front tyre.

Countryman Andrea Iannone will start from a career best second this afternoon and looks set to run the soft rear tyre, only available to the Open class and Ducati riders, after using the white line rubber on his way to third (+0.141s) in warm-up.

Repsol Honda's Dani Pedrosa repeated his fourth on the grid this morning (+0.329s), with Ducati's Andrea Dovizioso (starting eighth) within 0.415s of Marquez. Tech 3 Yamaha team-mates Pol Espargaro and Bradley Smith were ranked between Dovizioso and Rossi in warm-up.

Cal Crutchlow will line-up a Ducati best sixth for the race, but was only ninth this morning (+0.718s). Gresini Honda's Alvaro Bautista continued his tough weekend in eleventh - a fraction ahead of top Open rider Aleix Espargaro (+1.374s).

1. Marc Marquez
2. Jorge Lorenzo
3. Andrea Iannone
4. Dani Pedrosa
5. Andrea Dovizioso
6. Pol Espargaro
7. Bradley Smith
8. Valentino Rossi
9. Cal Crutchlow
10. Stefan Bradl
11. Alvaro Bautista
12. Aleix Espargaro
13. Michele Pirro
14. Scott Redding
15. Yonny Hernandez
16. Karel Abraham
17. Colin Edwards
18. Hiroshi Aoyama
19. Hector Barbera
20. Mike Di Meglio
21. Broc Parkes
22. Michael Laverty
23. Michel Fabrizio

Tagged as: Honda , Marquez

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June 01, 2014 10:34 AM

VR still seems to be having problems...but Marquez just rolls on. Lorenzo and Iannone are very close on single lap time. How long will they keep the pressure on for? Who knows? Racing soon. Once again, it looks like a Marquez show.

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