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In mixed conditions, Jonas Folger ended the month-long summer break at the top of the timesheets with a 1’50.379 at the Indianapolis Speedway Friday. Folger, the third-place finisher last year, put his KTM five-tenths clear of the field. Isaac Vinales and Alex Rins rounded out the top three.
The lap times, well off last year’s pace, likely are the result of the long break and off-and-on rain during the session.
Marc Marquez' domination at Laguna Seca continues, with the Repsol Honda rookie topping the timesheets once again at the Californian track, despite never having ridden the circuit before Friday. Marquez was quick early on, but came out in the middle of the session and posted a blistering lap, following it up with a series of laps in the high 1'21s.
After struggling early on, including running off the track and through the gravel trap, Valentino Rossi found some pace at the end of practice, climbing up to second in the standings after a tweak to his suspension, and putting nearly two tenths between himself and Stefan Bradl. Bradl led a duo of satellite Hondas, the LCR man ending ahead of Alvaro Bautista on the Gresini bike, while Cal Crutchlow, who had been near the top early on in FP3 ended the day in 5th.
Andrea Dovizios had a decent morning on the Ducati, taking 6th spot ahead of Jorge Lorenzo, who also had a respectable outing, despite still suffering with an injured collarbone. Nicky Hayden took 8th, and was the last man within a second of Marquez.
Marc Marquez continued showing why he is the exception, not the rule. For FP2, the championship points leader was fastest in only his second practice at the Laguna Seca circuit in Central California with a time of 1’22.040.
Stephan Bradl continued a strong recent run with a second in qualifying and Andrea Dovizioso put his factory Ducati in a surprising third place. Valetino Rossi couldn’t turn his consistently fast laps into a front-row time and he settled into fourth place.
Cal Crutchlow, who led the morning session when conditions were cool and damp, was relegated to fifth place. Jorge Lorenzo, one week removed from his second collarbone surgery this season, managed sixth fastest. And Dani Pedrosa, second in the championship race and also nursing collarbone and shoulder injuries, put his Repsol Honda into 11th place. Both riders initially had said they didn’t plan to ride at Laguna Seca.
Race officials red-flagged the session briefly after Blake Young highsided is Attack Performance Racing bike at Turn 5. Young was fine.
Cal Crutchlow has topped a typically misty and cool first session of free practice for the MotoGP class at Laguna Seca, the Monster Tech 3 Yamaha rider posting a late fast lap to blast to the top of the timesheets. Crutchlow had been threatening to go top a couple of times, but was balked once by Randy de Puniet, then got caught behind Jorge Lorenzo as he was on fast laps.
Crutchlow heads Valentino Rossi, the factory Yamaha man posting a strong string of laps, clearly comfortable again at the race track. Marc Marquez set the 3rd fastest time, an incredible start at a track he has never ridden at before, and which is notoriously difficult to learn. The Repsol Honda man ended the day ahead of LCR Honda's Stefan Bradl, and the second satellite Honda of Alvaro Bautista. Andrea Dovizioso took 6th spot on the Factory Ducati, and was the last man inside a second of Crutchlow.