Marc Marquez opened a tension-filled Sunday by leading morning warm-up ahead of championship challenger Jorge Lorenzo with Valentino Rossi fourth.

A session that got underway late because of morning mist that covered the circuit, Marquez's time of 1m 31.062s was three tenths faster than pole sitter Lorenzo, the two showing comparable time.

Pol Espargaro used Rossi's tow to demote the Italian out of the top three on his final lap of the session, showing he could be a front runner in the fight for fourth.

In turn Rossi used an unknowing Lorenzo for a tow midway through twelve-lap run for the fourth fastest time with Dani Pedrosa fifth.

Cal Crutchlow was narrowly faster than Andrea Iannone while Bradley Smith was 0.9s slower than Marquez's fastest time in eighth. Aleix Espargaro and Andrea Dovizioso rounded out the top ten.

Rossi heads into this afternoon's title decider with a seven point lead over Lorenzo, but must start from the back of the grid.

Warm-up:
1. Marc Marquez
2. Jorge Lorenzo
3. Pol Espargaro
4. Valentino Rossi
5. Dani Pedrosa
6. Cal Crutchlow
7. Andrea Iannone
8. Bradley Smith
9. Aleix Espargaro
10. Andrea Dovizioso
11. Maverick Vi?ales
12. Yonny Hernandez
13. Michele Pirro
14. Scott Redding
15. Stefan Bradl
16. Mike Di Meglio
17. Danilo Petrucci
18. Hector Barbera
19. Alvaro Bautista
20. Loris Baz
21. Nicky Hayden
22. Jack Miller
23. Eugene Laverty
24. Toni Elias
25. Anthony West
26. Broc Parkes

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