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MotoGP Le Mans: Lorenzo dominates second practice

Jorge Lorenzo ensured he finished the first day at MotoGP Le Mans top of the pile after the Movistar Yamaha man set a blistering pace in second practice.

Lorenzo was on his game right from the off, putting the M1 Yamaha into top position in the session with just ten minutes gone, and from there he never looked back.

Despite being challenged early on by the Repsol Honda duo of Marc Marquez and Dani Pedrosa, as both made it into the 1’33s comfortably while chasing, Lorenzo kept working hard and continued to rack up the fast laps.


With just under half of the session to go Lorenzo worked his magic, taking his earlier time down from 1’33.5 to 1’33.2 and just a couple of laps later he destroyed any opposition to his efforts with a scintillating 1’32.8.

Although plenty of time remained for a reaction, and riders spent time in the pits working on different issues, no one could answer Lorenzo’s lap as the Spaniard finished day one at Le Mans on top.

Andrea Iannone secured second place with a very late lap on the Ducati – a welcome boost for the entangled Italian – ahead of Marquez, who will also be pleased with his position at the start of the weekend.

The Espargaro brothers, Pol and Aleix, took fourth and sixth respectively, with the Ducati of Andrea Dovizioso splitting the Tech 3 and Suzuki Ecstar riders.

Despite finishing the morning session on top, Dani Pedrosa could only salvage eighth place on the timesheets behind Suzuki’s Maverick Vinales as Hector Barbera crept into ninth on the Avintia Ducati, just ahead of Rossi.

The British contingent didn’t fare so well, with Cal Crutchlow, Scott Redding and Bradley Smith finishing 12th, 13th and 14th and both Crutchlow and Redding suffering crashes.

LCR Honda rider Crutchlow experienced a strange-looking crash at Turn 13, as his rear tyre seemed to lock, then snap around him and when he tried to tip the front in it went from under him, though he emerged unscathed.

Lots of riders went looking for fast laps in the closing stages, with reports suggesting tomorrow morning’s third practice session could be afflicted by less-than-ideal track conditions.

If that much is true, the top ten riders – and especially the likes of Rossi, Pedrosa and Vinales will be glad but all three will not be pleased with their second session efforts, with Rossi ending the day a huge 1.1s off his team-mate and title rival Lorenzo.

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