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Mugello MotoGP: Cal Crutchlow fastest in second Friday practice

Cal Crutchlow LCR Honda Mugello MotoGP 2017

LCR Honda's Cal Crutchlow beat Ducati's Andrea Dovizioso to set the pace in second practice for the Italian Grand Prix, as MotoGP championship leader Maverick Vinales crashed.

While the morning's first session at Mugello was incident free, Vinales was one of three riders to come unstuck inside the opening 15 minutes in the afternoon.

Aprilia had the first two, with Aleix Espargaro and Sam Lowes both crashing in the space of two torrid minutes, a little over 10 minutes into the session.

Vinales went down at Arrabbiata 2 shortly afterwards while second in the order, losing the front end on the kerb turning in.

The Spaniard retreated to his enclave within the Yamaha truck when he returned to the paddock, and finally rejoined the session with 10 minutes remaining.

Focusing on the harder tyres, Vinales fell down the order from fifth and did not improve until his final lap and even then only fractionally.

He finished in 13th place, between team-mate Valentino Rossi - nursing chest injuries from his motocross accident eight days ago - and Marc Marquez.

Maverick Vinales crash Mugello MotoGP 2017

Like Vinales, reigning world champion Marquez opted not to use the soft rear tyre at all during the 45 minutes.

Vinales and then Alvaro Bautista led the way during the early stages, the Aspar Ducati rider then displaced by Dovizioso at the top with just over 20 minutes remaining.

First-practice pacesetter Dovizioso turned a 1m47.864s and then a 1m47.526s to sit 0.173 seconds clear of Honda's Dani Pedrosa when riders started their new-tyre runs.

The first and ultimately only rider to lap faster than Dovizioso was Crutchlow with a 1m47.365s set with three minutes remaining.

Crutchlow finished 0.161s ahead of Dovizioso, while Tech3 Yamaha rookies Jonas Folger and Johann Zarco improved late to finish third and fourth, ahead of Pedrosa.

Avintia Ducati's Hector Barbera took sixth, ahead of Bautista, Suzuki's Andrea Iannone, Ducati wildcard Michele Pirro and Danilo Petrucci, whose Pramac Ducati stopped on track in the opening stages.

Jorge Lorenzo wound up 11th, 0.589s off top spot, having improved on new tyres in his final run.

Of the Aprilia riders, Espargaro got back out inside the final 10 minutes and finished 16th - the last of the riders within one second of Crutchlow - four spots ahead of Lowes.

With his second bike sidelined by a fuel-pump problem, Lowes was not able to rejoin the session and finished with just five laps on the board.


1Cal CrutchlowLCR Honda1m47.365s-18
2Andrea DoviziosoDucati1m47.526s0.161s18
3Jonas FolgerTech3 Yamaha1m47.543s0.178s16
4Johann ZarcoTech3 Yamaha1m47.685s0.320s19
5Dani PedrosaHonda1m47.699s0.334s19
6Hector BarberaAvintia Ducati1m47.710s0.345s18
7Alvaro BautistaAspar Ducati1m47.728s0.363s20
8Andrea IannoneSuzuki1m47.807s0.442s19
9Michele PirroDucati1m47.883s0.518s17
10Danilo PetrucciPramac Ducati1m47.950s0.585s15
11Jorge LorenzoDucati1m47.954s0.589s18
12Valentino RossiYamaha1m48.000s0.635s19
13Maverick VinalesYamaha1m48.014s0.649s13
14Marc MarquezHonda1m48.103s0.738s21
15Scott ReddingPramac Ducati1m48.111s0.746s18
16Aleix EspargaroAprilia1m48.129s0.764s17
17Jack MillerMVDS Honda1m48.560s1.195s19
18Tito RabatMVDS Honda1m48.664s1.299s20
19Loris BazAvintia Ducati1m48.751s1.386s15
20Sam LowesAprilia1m48.842s1.477s5
21Karel AbrahamAspar Ducati1m48.925s1.560s17
22Pol EspargaroKTM1m49.524s2.159s18
23Bradley SmithKTM1m49.640s2.275s17
24Sylvain GuintoliSuzuki1m50.054s2.689s18

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