A glance at the time sheets won’t make for pleasurable reading for Marc Marquez’s title rivals. The reigning world champion was close to one second clear of the field in Sunday’s soaking wet MotoGP warm-up session at Misano.

However, the aftermath of another jaw-dropping wet weather display will offer some hope. Just as the 24-year old put 0.994s into second fastest Danilo Petrucci, the almost inevitable happened; a front-end fall at turn three, his third crash of the weekend. It had taken 19 minutes, but Marquez had found the limit.

That wasn’t the sole occasion the Repsol Honda rider had danced on the edge, as a massive rear end slide on the exit of the final corner was handled with the kind of graceful calm that few others could execute.

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With Petrucci second, rain specialist Loris Baz third, and his two title rivals Maverick Viñales (seventh) and Andrea Dovizioso (eighth) outside the top six, surely Marquez will sense a chance to claw back vital ground in this title chase.

Petrucci and Baz hinted an afternoon upset may be on the cards, with Jorge Lorenzo backing up his fellow Ducati men with the fourth fastest time. Following on from a successful wet warm-up at Brno, the Majorcan has clearly understood how to manoeuvre his GP17 in the rain.

Cal Crutchlow had stated he wasn’t best pleased when considering the prospect of a wet race on Saturday, but the Englishman was nonetheless fast, posting the fifth fastest time. Considering his current form, and Suzuki’s continued struggles in the rain, Andrea Iannone’s presence in sixth very much came as a surprise.

While Marquez’s fastest time raised the bar, times behind were close. Viñales in seventh was a little over 0.3s off Petrucci’s best effort. Dovizioso had used this as a test session of sorts, with the Italian sampling Ducati’s new aerodynamic fairing for the first time this weekend.

Englishmen Sam Lowes (ninth) and Scott Redding (tenth) enjoyed promising showings in the rain, with Alex Rins’ (eleventh) position also much improved.

Along with Marquez, Dani Pedrosa was an early faller at turn four. The Catalan was a troubling 23rd, a place behind Karel Abraham, who also fell in the session.

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Don't tell me a guy who crashes 3 times in practice knows what he is doing. He's just taking a chance. Sooner or later his title challenge will come to a halt through injury. It's impossible to walk away from every crash. He will hurt himself.

You must be joking. Its how MM finds the limit of the bike on every track. He pushes beyond 100% and finds the limit so he doesn't have to go there on race day. It takes anywhere between $40k to $100k to fix a crashed GP bike. You think Repsol Honda would be footing that big annual crash bill if they didn't see that the guy knows what he's doing? 

The Yellow Italian fans proving to be the same scumbags they always have been. Cheering when MM crashed out but then MM blew a kiss back at them. 

Then in the race they had to cheer when Ducati rider Lorenzo crashed out of lead with a highside. Goes to show you what low-level fans attend Italian GPs.  MotoGP should reduce the # of Italian GPs anyway. The scumbag fans don't deserve to attend one. 

Rossi isn't winning much now, so they have to resort to cheer while his rivals fall

Cleverly, using fp to know the limit ... but a bit risky because it can make him unable to follow the race because of the accident ..

Even CC is a bit miffed at how MM gets away without serious injury - and he does his fair share of binning bikes! I hate to see anyone getting hurt, but can't help feeling MM is destined to crash just once too often, and really hurt himself. Let's face it, he's a phenom we've never really seen before - and it may be the true 'alien' in him that sees him getting away with stuff others wouldn't? Makes for great viewing though -- and I'm definitely glad i'm not paying the repair bills!