MOTOGP: Fast Again; Marc Marquez Paces First Official Practice of MotoGP Season

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Marc Marquez ended the first official MotoGP practice of the season on top of the charts on Thursday at the Losail Int’l Circuit.

Marquez finished with a 1’:55.281, only seven-hundredths faster than his Repsol Honda teammate Dani Pedrosa (+.076 of a second). Aleix Espargaro managed to end the session in third place, as he took advantage of the softer tire option which is available to Team Suzuki Ecstar, as part of the concessions given to Factory teams without a race win since 2013.

Cal Crutchlow was the top satellite rider in 5th place on the CMW LCR Honda, with Pramac Racing’s Danilo Petrucci just a further one-tenth of a second back in sixth, with the Italian also using the softer tire option on his Ducati GP14.1.

Petrucci, who had to run back to the pits for his second bike after experiencing issues with his first, managed to finish the session ahead of the factory Ducati’s of Dovizioso in eighth, and Iannone in tenth on the GP15 bike. The fastest Open class rider was Stefan Bradl in 14th on the Athina Forward Racing machine.

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