The factory Yamaha riders have redeemed themselves after a difficult morning at Mugello, taking a one-two in the afternoon session of practice for the MotoGP session. Valentino Rossi looked back to his old form, leading for nearly all of the session, before Jorge Lorenzo challenged him for top position at the end. Lorenzo just ended the session ahead of his teammate, just a few thousandths of a second faster than Rossi. Monster Tech 3 Yamaha rider Cal Crutchlow took 3rd, making it a clean sweep for the Yamahas.
It was a strong showing for Ducati as well. Nicky Hayden took 4th, ending fractionally ahead of Dani Pedrosa, while Andrea Iannone and Andrea Dovizioso took 6th and 7th. Stefan Bradl ended the day in 8th on the LCR Honda, while Randy de Puniet put in an impressive lap to grab 9th, ahead of Michele Pirro.
The session was marred by two big crashes, the most serious of which was one for Marc Marquez. The Repsol Honda rookie appeared to drift just a fraction too far to the left as he started braking for the San Donato hairpin, touching the grass and falling at high speed - the riders are doing well over 200 km/h at that point on the track, as they brake for the first turn after Mugello's massive front straight. He was dragged along by his bike very close to the retaining wall, which is right at the side of the track at that point, before hitting the gravel trap. He was taken to the medical center, where an initial examination failed to find any serious injury. Marquez had a badly banged up chin, and a neck strain from the force of the impact, but all of his limbs were intact.
Bradley Smith suffered an unpleasant fall, being forced along the track in front of the sliding bike, until he hit the gravel trap. He too was taken to the medical center, where he was treated for an unspecified left arm injury. No full report on either Marquez or Smith has been released, but any news will be reported as quickly as possible.
|9||14||Randy de Puniet||Aprilia ART||1'49.599||1.224||0.004|
|12||41||Aleix Espargaro||Aprilia ART||1'49.769||1.394||0.036|
|15||8||Hector Barbera||FTR Kawasaki||1'50.400||2.025||0.190|
|17||5||Colin Edwards||FTR Kawasaki||1'51.433||3.058||0.328|
|18||17||Karel Abraham||Aprilia ART||1'51.528||3.153||0.095|
|19||68||Yonny Hernandez||Aprilia ART||1'51.644||3.269||0.116|
|20||9||Danilo Petrucci||Suter BMW||1'51.937||3.562||0.293|
|21||7||Hiroshi Aoyama||FTR Kawasaki||1'52.182||3.807||0.245|
|22||71||Claudio Corti||FTR Kawasaki||1'53.314||4.939||1.132|
|24||67||Bryan Staring||FTR Honda||1'54.231||5.856||0.751|
|25||52||Lukas Pesek||Suter BMW||1'54.829||6.454||0.598|