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Jorge Lorenzo found himself on top of the practice charts as MotoGP invaded Indianapolis Motor Speedway on Friday afternoon.
Lorenzo ended up fastest after a day-long duel with defending MotoGP champion Marc Marquez at the top of the practice charts. Lorenzo took advantage of the blue skies and almost ideal conditions to top both sessions ahead of Marquez. The second practice saw grip levels improve from the morning session as riders bedded in the track, and Lorenzo left it until his very last lap to set a 1:32.860.
Marquez was just three thousandths of a second further back in second overall and was the only other rider to break the 1:33 barrier, as he looks to make it three MotoGP wins in a row at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
Ducati Team’s Andrea Dovizioso was third ahead of his teammate Andrea Iannone in fourth, as they both seemed to benefit from a private test at Misano during the summer break.
CWM LCR Honda’s Cal Crutchlow improved by more than a second throughout the day to finish as the leading Satellite rider in fifth, ahead of Pol Espargaro on the Monster Yamaha Tech 3 M1 who suffered a nasty looking highside at the end of the second practice at turn 13.
Dani Pedrosa on the second Repsol Honda ended the day in seventh, while Scott Redding continued to show signs of improvement on the EG 0,0 Marc VDS Honda to finish in eighth. Bradley Smith set a time good enough for ninth overall, while the current championship leader Valentino Rossi found himself down in tenth on the combined timesheets.
Local hero Nicky Hayden on the Aspar MotoGP Team Honda finished the day 16th overall.
CREDIT: MotoGP World Championship