Marquez tops open practice in Brno

Runaway Championship leader Marc Marquez edged out Jorge Lorenzo during the first practice session ahead of this weekend's 11th round of the MotoGP season in the Czech Republic.

Marquez, who has won every race this year, led the way early in the session before Lorenzo moved to the top of the times, although a potentially faster lap was ruined when he encountered Yonny Hernández in the final sector and brushed the side of his rival's bike.

Marquez then edged ahead with a 1:56.807 and his final lap time of 1:56.804 proved to be 0.037s quicker than Lorenzo's best.

Dani Pedrosa ensured that it was a close affair between the top three as he set a time just 0.052s slower than team-mate Marquez during the final stages of the 45 minute session, while Aleix Espargaro was less than two tenths of a second behind in fourth.

Valentino Rossi was fifth for Yamaha, ahead of Stefan Bradl and Ducati rider Andrea Dovizioso.

Results

Pos Num. Rider Nation Team Time Gap 1st/Prev.
1 93 Marc MARQUEZ SPA Repsol Honda Team 1'56.803 0.000s/0.000s
2 99 Jorge LORENZO SPA Movistar Yamaha MotoGP 1'56.840 0.037/0.037s
3 26 Dani PEDROSA SPA Repsol Honda Team 1'56.855 0.052/0.015s
4 41 Aleix ESPARGARO SPA NGM Forward Racing 1'57.002 0.199/0.147s
5 46 Valentino ROSSI ITA Movistar Yamaha MotoGP 1'57.065 0.262/0.063s
6 6 Stefan BRADL GER LCR Honda MotoGP 1'57.084 0.281/0.019s
7 4 Andrea DOVIZIOSO ITA Ducati Team 1'57.169 0.366/0.085s
8 68 Yonny HERNANDEZ COL Energy T.I. Pramac Racing 1'57.190 0.387/0.021s
9 44 Pol ESPARGARO SPA Monster Yamaha Tech 3 1'57.634 0.831/0.444s
10 38 Bradley SMITH GBR Monster Yamaha Tech 3 1'57.816 1.013/0.182s
11 51 Michele PIRRO ITA Ducati Team 1'58.040 1.237/0.224s
12 29 Andrea IANNONE ITA Pramac Racing 1'58.061 1.258/0.021s
13 45 Scott REDDING GBR GO&FUN Honda Gresini 1'58.301 1.498/0.240s
14 35 Cal CRUTCHLOW GBR Ducati Team 1'58.340 1.537/0.039s
15 19 Alvaro BAUTISTA SPA GO&FUN Honda Gresini 1'58.698 1.895/0.358s
16 8 Hector BARBERA SPA Avintia Racing 1'58.714 1.911/0.016s
17 7 Hiroshi AOYAMA JPN Drive M7 Aspar 1'58.895 2.092/0.181s
18 17 Karel ABRAHAM CZE Cardion AB Motoracing 1'59.216 2.413/0.321s
19 15 Alex DE ANGELIS RSM NGM Forward Racing 1'59.959 3.156/0.743s
20 63 Mike DI MEGLIO FRA Avintia Racing 2'00.240 3.437/0.281s
21 70 Michael LAVERTY GBR Paul Bird Motorsport 2'00.345 3.542/0.105s
22 2 Leon CAMIER GBR Drive M7 Aspar 2'00.445 3.642/0.100s
23 9 Danilo PETRUCCI ITA Octo IodaRacing Team 2'00.497 3.694/0.052s
24 23 Broc PARKES AUS Paul Bird Motorsport 2'00.752 3.949/0.255s

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