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MotoGP Misano: Marquez from Lorenzo while Pirro impresses in FP1

Wildcard Michele Pirro is the only rider to get within six tenths of a second of Marc Marquez and Jorge Lorenzo in FP1
As has become the norm in the 2015 MotoGP season, Marc Marquez and Jorge Lorenzo were the fastest out of the blocks as they comfortably led the way in the first free practice session in Misano.

Less than a tenth of a second separated the top two, who dominated free practice proceedings in the past three rounds of the year, at the close of session, in which both posted seven competitive laps in the 1m 33 second bracket.

On the resurfaced Misano circuit, Marquez's fastest time was over half a second faster than Lorenzo's official lap record from 2011. In spite of the rising morning temperatures, the Majorcan set his best time with a soft front tyre.

While the top two places offered little in terms of surprise, Ducati wildcard Michele Pirro turned several heads by placing third overall. Hampered by clutch problems early on, Pirro was fourth overall before fitting a soft rear tyre to get within 0.37s of Marquez's fastest time.

Pirro's final time was good enough to push Dani Pedrosa – over half a second off the front two - back to fourth and a place ahead of Andrea Dovizioso, who opted not to use the soft option rear tyre on Friday morning.

Unlike Lorenzo, home hero Valentino Rossi set his fastest time, which was good enough for sixth, on a medium front tyre. The championship leader's second machine had its clutch replaced early on in a session that saw him lead both Tech 3 Yamahas.

Pol Espargaro led Bradley Smith while Cal Crutchlow opted to test the hard option rear tyre throughout the session and ended the session ninth around a track at which he has won in both World Supersport and Superbike.

Andrea Iannone ensured three Ducatis were in the top ten with the tenth fastest time.

It was ultimately a disappointing start to the weekend for the Suzukis as Maverick Viñales could place no higher than 14th while Aleix Espargaro languished in 19th. Both Catalan riders tested here during the summer break.

There was a fast fall for Claudio Corti on the entry to Tramonto. The Italian's Forward Racing Yamaha climbed the trackside barrier but thankfully Corti walked away from the incident unharmed.

1. Marc Marquez
2. Jorge Lorenzo
3. Michele Pirro
4. Dani Pedrosa
5. Andrea Dovizioso
6. Valentino Rossi
7. Pol Espargaro
8. Bradley Smith
9. Cal Crutchlow
10. Andrea Iannone
11. Scott Redding
12. Hector Barbera
13. Danilo Petrucci
14. Maverick Viñales
15. Eugene Laverty
16. Yonny Hernandez
17. Alvaro Bautista
18. Loris Baz
19. Aleix Espargaro
20. Mike Di Meglio
21. Jack Miller
22. Nicky Hayden
23. Karel Abraham
24. Stefan Bradl
25. Alex De Angelis
26. Claudio Corti

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