Lorenzo with the Edge on Eventful Friday at Brno

Jorge Lorenzo will head into Saturday’s final practice session with a slight advantage over Marc Marquez after a day full of incident at Brno. Lorenzo leads the reigning champion by fourteen thousandths of a second and was one of the few leading contenders not to hit trouble in rising temperatures in the Czech Republic.

Marquez suffered a minor spill in the morning session after running through the gravel at turn thirteen but the major drama took place at that corner in the afternoon, with his teammate at the centre of it. At the end of the back straight, Dani Pedrosa’s Honda began leaking oil from the front fork, causing the Spaniard to highside and bringing down Valentino Rossi too.

Pedrosa will continue this weekend despite a bruised ankle while Rossi escaped any injury. The championship leader later gave his version of events while admitting he is once again playing catch-up to his teammate.

“Unfortunately Pedrosa had a problem with his bike and it lost some oil and I crashed. This afternoon was difficult for everybody because the track is very slippery and the amount of grip is very low and at the same time there are a lot of bumps, so every time I entered the corner I was pretty much at the limit. At the end of the afternoon it went a bit better and I went into fourth position, but I have to recover a disadvantage, especially the one to Jorge, who seems to have the best pace.”

Behind the top two, Andrea Iannone took third ahead of Pedrosa with Andrea Dovizioso pushing Rossi down to sixth. Bradley Smith was another rider to crash this afternoon, seeing him slip behind Pol Espargaro to eighth, while Aleix Espargaro and Cal Crutchlow complete the top ten.



PosRiderConstructorTeamBest Time
199. Jorge LorenzoYamahaMovistar Yamaha MotoGP1:56.499
293. Marc MarquezHondaRepsol Honda Team1:56.513
329. Andrea IannoneDucatiDucati Team1:56.750
426. Dani PedrosaHondaRepsol Honda Team1:56.784
54. Andrea DoviziosoDucatiDucati Team1:56.821
646. Valentino RossiYamahaMovistar Yamaha MotoGP1:57.038
744. Pol EspargaroYamahaMonster Yamaha Tech 31:57.078
838. Bradley SmithYamahaMonster Yamaha Tech 31:57.137
941. Aleix EspargaroSuzukiTeam SUZUKI ECSTAR1:57.202
1035. Cal CrutchlowHondaCWM LCR Honda1:57.229
1168. Yonny HernandezDucatiOcto Pramac Racing1:57.544
129. Danilo PetrucciDucatiOcto Pramac Racing1:57.575
1325. Maverick VinalesSuzukiTeam SUZUKI ECSTAR1:57.607
148. Hector BarberaDucatiAvintia Racing1:57.718
1545. Scott ReddingHondaEstrella Galicia 0,0 Marc VDS1:57.860
166. Stefan BradlApriliaAprilia Racing Team Gresini1:58.484
1743. Jack MillerHondaCWM LCR Honda1:58.512
1869. Nicky HaydenHondaAspar MotoGP Team1:58.548
1963. Mike Di MeglioDucatiAvintia Racing1:58.589
2050. Eugene LavertyHondaAspar MotoGP Team1:58.656
2119. Alvaro BautistaApriliaAprilia Racing Team Gresini1:58.669
2276. Loris BazYamaha ForwardForward Racing1:58.678
2315. Alex de AngelisARTOcto IodaRacing Team1:59.680
2471. Claudio CortiYamaha ForwardForward Racing2:00.074
2517. Karel AbrahamHondaAB Motoracing2:01.261