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2013 MotoGP | Marquez Fastest Friday at Valencia

2013 Valencia MotoGP Season Finale Friday Practice Results

With the 2013 MotoGP title fight about to be settled at this weekend’s season finale – which is the first time the title went down to the wire since 2006 – Respol Honda’s Marc Marquez began in top form.

The 20-year-old Spaniard, who can become the first rookie to claim a title since Freddie Spencer in 1983, topped both Free Practice sessions Friday at Valencia.

Under dry and sunny conditions, albeit a bit of wind, Marquez set the pace at the Spanish circuit, piloting his Honda RC213V to a best time of 1:31.220, which is not far off his teammate’s pole position last season (1:30.844). When the final practice session of Friday wrapped up, Marquez would be 0.066 of a second quicker than Pedrosa, who also won at Valencia last season.

Pedrosa, who lost his title hopes following a third place at Motegi, may be crucial in keeping Lorenzo back as Marquez chases his first title. Marquez currently has a 13-point lead over Yamaha Factory Racing’s Jorge Lorenzo.

But the two-time MotoGP Champion wasn’t far off the leading Hondas’ paces; Lorenzo finished the day 0.158 of a second back. Lorenzo also posted this time late in the FP2 session. He spent most of the day in the pits with his team working on setup.

Monster Yamaha Tech 3’s Cal Crutchlow was fourth quickest, 0.282 off Marquez’s pace. The Brit, who joins the Ducati Team in 2014 MotoGP, crashed, but escaped unharmed.

Fifth went to Yamaha Factory Racing’s Valentino Rossi, who announced he is splitting with long-time crew chief Jeremy Burgess following the 2013 MotoGP season. The nine-time World Champion was 0.419 of a second off the pace.

Sixth through eighth fastest went to LCR Honda’s Stefan Bradl, GO&FUN Honda Gresini’s Alvaro Bautista, and Monster Yamaha Tech 3’s Bradley Smith, the final rider to post within a second of Marquez (0.764 of a second back.

Rounding out the top 10 were the Ducati duo of Andrea Dovizioso and Nicky Hayden, respectively.

The top CRT bike during Friday was the man who clinched top honors already, Aleix Espargaro. The Power Electronics Aspar rider finished 13th.

The 26-rider grid will return to the Valencia circuit Saturday for two more practice sessions and qualifying. For a preview of Valencia MotoGP, click here.

2013 Valencia MotoGP Free Practice 2 Results:

1 93 Marc MARQUEZ SPA Repsol Honda Team Honda 326.8 1’31.220
2 26 Dani PEDROSA SPA Repsol Honda Team Honda 328.3 1’31.286 0.066 / 0.066
3 99 Jorge LORENZO SPA Yamaha Factory Racing Yamaha 322.7 1’31.378 0.158 / 0.092
4 35 Cal CRUTCHLOW GBR Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Yamaha 323.7 1’31.502 0.282 / 0.124
5 46 Valentino ROSSI ITA Yamaha Factory Racing Yamaha 322.1 1’31.639 0.419 / 0.137
6 6 Stefan BRADL GER LCR Honda MotoGP Honda 326.2 1’31.858 0.638 / 0.219
7 19 Alvaro BAUTISTA SPA GO&FUN Honda Gresini Honda 325.3 1’31.873 0.653 / 0.015
8 38 Bradley SMITH GBR Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Yamaha 320.7 1’31.984 0.764 / 0.111
9 4 Andrea DOVIZIOSO ITA Ducati Team Ducati 321.1 1’32.363 1.143 / 0.379
10 69 Nicky HAYDEN USA Ducati Team Ducati 318.3 1’32.395 1.175 / 0.032
11 29 Andrea IANNONE ITA Energy T.I. Pramac Racing Ducati 319.8 1’32.596 1.376 / 0.201
12 51 Michele PIRRO ITA Ducati Test Team Ducati 318.8 1’32.756 1.536 / 0.160
13 41 Aleix ESPARGARO SPA Power Electronics Aspar ART 311.6 1’32.809 1.589 / 0.053
14 71 Claudio CORTI ITA NGM Mobile Forward Racing FTR Kawasaki 307.4 1’33.172 1.952 / 0.363
15 5 Colin EDWARDS USA NGM Mobile Forward Racing FTR Kawasaki 309.2 1’33.252 2.032 / 0.080
16 8 Hector BARBERA SPA Avintia Blusens FTR 309.1 1’33.270 2.050 / 0.018
17 9 Danilo PETRUCCI ITA Came IodaRacing Project Ioda-Suter 307.0 1’33.304 2.084 / 0.034
18 68 Yonny HERNANDEZ COL Ignite Pramac Racing Ducati 319.8 1’33.487 2.267 / 0.183
19 14 Randy DE PUNIET FRA Power Electronics Aspar ART 307.1 1’33.727 2.507 / 0.240
20 23 Luca SCASSA ITA Cardion AB Motoracing ART 305.4 1’34.049 2.829 / 0.322
21 7 Hiroshi AOYAMA JPN Avintia Blusens FTR 311.9 1’34.077 2.857 / 0.028
22 70 Michael LAVERTY GBR Paul Bird Motorsport ART 306.3 1’34.132 2.912 / 0.055
23 67 Bryan STARING AUS GO&FUN Honda Gresini FTR Honda 303.7 1’35.478 4.258 / 1.346
24 50 Damian CUDLIN AUS Paul Bird Motorsport PBM 304.5 1’35.644 4.424 / 0.166
25 45 Martin BAUER AUT Remus Racing Team S&B Suter 301.0 1’35.832 4.612 / 0.188
26 52 Lukas PESEK CZE Came IodaRacing Project Ioda-Suter 301.3 1’36.353 5.133 / 0.521

 

 

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