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MotoGP Valencia: Marquez heads Lorenzo in warm-up

Marc Marquez sets the fastest time in morning warm-up with only Jorge Lorenzo showing a comparable pace, Valentino Rossi is fourth fastest.
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.

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 Viñales
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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November 08, 2015 10:49 AM

Codger: The same few 'haters' have latched onto the fact that Rossi deliberately ran Marc wide to slow him up. Fair enough but they shouldn't take it so personally, why does it matter so much to them. My problem is that the punishment doesn't fit the crime. What Rossi did only affected Marquez, whereas the punishment, in theory, benefits the whole grid. What punishment would fit the crime I have no idea, but Rossi losing the Championship, or indeed Jorge winning it, because of Rossi's antics in the previous race is wrong, no matter what. Maybe the punishment would have been less if one of the riders hadn't been named Rossi, or the incident had happened in the early part of the season.
Really it also affected Jorge because Valentino potentially scored higher because of it, also if it was ignored without punishment then a precidant would be set and that behaviour could become commonplace - not really sure why you are bringing this up again? Enjoy the race!


November 08, 2015 11:07 AM

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