Lorenzo And Rossi Dominate On Dramatic Day In Italy

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Jorge Lorenzo and Valentino Rossi led a dominant Yamaha 1-2 on Friday ahead of the Italian Grand Prix as two MotoGP rookies endured painful afternoons at Mugello. While the two teammates traded fastest times, Marc Marquez and Bradley Smith were both involved in big accidents although they escaped serious injury.

Marquez’s crash was particularly scary, coming at the end of the long pit straight into San Donato. As the Spaniard hit the brakes for the right hander, the Repsol Honda locked up before spearing onto the grass and running along the concrete wall. Thankfully, Marquez was the other side of the bike and avoided contact with the wall but the slide through the gravel and impact while falling from the bike was enough to leave him requiring medical attention.

The Moto2 champion was later able to talk through the accident and should be fit to take part in qualifying tomorrow.

“Just after the hill on the straight I grabbed for the brakes but I closed the front”, he explained. “I tried to save it but the bike was pulling me towards the wall so I jumped from the bike to avoid hitting it. I hit my chin hard and strained my neck quite badly, I also have some contusions to my right shoulder, arm and leg but other than that I’m ok. Thanks to all the medical team that were quickly on the scene to assist me. Now I need to rest and see how I feel later tonight and in the morning”

Smith went down shortly afterwards with the back end of his Tech 3 Yamaha stepping out at Casanova Savelli, slamming the Briton down on his left arm. Smith will also be able to take part in the rest of the weekend but will require a skin graft on Monday after the little finger on his left hand was trapped under the bike.

Smith was running a solid eighth at the time and subsequently slipped outside the top ten along with Marquez, leaving the pair with work to do to book an automatic slot in Q2 tomorrow. Lorenzo and Rossi look safe at the top of the leaderboard with Cal Crutchlow competitive in third on the other Tech 3 Yamaha.

Nicky Hayden led the Ducati challenge on home soil in fourth ahead of championship leader Dani Pedrosa and Andrea Iannone who avoided the pitfalls that caught out his fellow Moto2 graduates. Andrea Dovizioso was seventh despite a crash in the damp conditions of FP1 while Stefan Bradl, Randy de Puniet and Ducati test rider Michele Pirro round out the provisional top ten overnight.


 2013 Gran Premio d’Italia TIM – Combined Free Practice Classification
Pos Rider Bike Team Best Time
1  Jorge Lorenzo Yamaha Yamaha Factory Racing 1:48.375
2  Valentino Rossi Yamaha Yamaha Factory Racing 1:48.409
3  Cal Crutchlow Yamaha Monster Yamaha Tech 3 1:48.672
4  Nicky Hayden Ducati Ducati Team 1:49.377
5  Dani Pedrosa Honda Repsol Honda Team 1:49.383
6  Andrea Iannone Ducati Energy T.I. Pramac Racing 1:49.467
7  Andrea Dovizioso Ducati Ducati Team 1:49.543
8  Stefan Bradl Honda LCR Honda MotoGP 1:49.595
9  Randy de Puniet ART Power Electronics Aspar 1:49.599
10  Michele Pirro Ducati Ducati Test Team 1:49.649
11  Alvaro Bautista Honda GO&FUN Honda Gresini 1:49.733
12  Aleix Espargaro ART Power Electronics Aspar 1:49.769
13  Bradley Smith Yamaha Monster Yamaha Tech 3 1:50.103
14  Marc Marquez Honda Repsol Honda Team 1:50.210
15  Hector Barbera FTR Avintia Blusens 1:50.400
16  Ben Spies Ducati Ignite Pramac Racing 1:51.105
17  Colin Edwards FTR Kawasaki NGM Mobile Forward Racing 1:51.433
18  Karel Abraham ART Cardion AB Motoracing 1:51.528
19  Yonny Hernandez ART Paul Bird Motorsport 1:51.644
20  Danilo Petrucci Ioda Suter Came IodaRacing Project 1:51.937
21  Hiroshi Aoyama FTR Avintia Blusens 1:52.182
22  Claudio Corti FTR Kawasaki NGM Mobile Forward Racing 1:53.314
23  Michael Laverty PBM Paul Bird Motorsport 1:53.480
24  Bryan Staring FTR Honda GO&FUN Honda Gresini 1:54.231
25  Lukas Pesek FTR Came Ioda Racing Project 1:54.829


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