Lorenzo Fast While Marquez Crashes

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MUGELLO, Italy – Jorge Lorenzo went fastest in a dramatic second MotoGP practice session Friday at the Mugello Circuit, while Marc Marquez had an up and down day after pacing the first practice.

Marquez had led a topsy-turvy opening practice in the morning, but during the second practice he lost control of his bike. The 20-year-old slid down the grass verge towards turn one and luckily escaped serious injury.

Monster Yamaha Tech 3’s Bradley Smith also crashed, landing on his left arm at turn seven.

Lorenzo set the pace with a lap time of 1:48.375, beating teammate and multiple Mugello winner Valentino Rossi by just 34 thousandths of a second.

Tech 3’s Cal Crutchlow was third ahead of Ducati Team’s Nicky Hayden and Repsol Honda’s championship-leading Dani Pedrosa, who is aiming for a hat-trick of 2013 victories this weekend.

Marquez set the pace in the first practice with a best lap time of 1:54.797, escaping a Materassi corner slip-up at the end of the session to lead Michele Pirro (on the Ducati GP13 Lab bike) by just under four tenths of a second.

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