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MotoGP Valencia: Lorenzo tops FP2 as Marquez suffers late crash

Jorge Lorenzo Ducati Valencia MotoGP

Ducati's Jorge Lorenzo was fastest in the second practice session for MotoGP's Valencia season finale, which ended with title favourite Marc Marquez crashing.

Honda rider Marquez, who was vying with Lorenzo and Dani Pedrosa to top the opening day of practice, fell at Turn 2 just as the chequered flag fell.

Marquez was OK, having stood up immediately after the incident, with his bike appearing to escape any significant damage.

He had been second, narrowly behind Pedrosa and just ahead of Lorenzo, for the majority of the session before jumping into the lead with 14 minutes left on the clock.

Lorenzo outpaced Pedrosa by a small margin and then improved by another half a second in the closing minutes to end up on a 1m30.640s.

Pedrosa ended up in second place, just 0.122s slower as the lead Honda, while a late improvement from Marquez's title challenger Andrea Dovizioso put the Italian third, ahead of Tech3's Johann Zarco, the top Yamaha.

Marquez slipped to fifth, ahead of the satellite Hondas of Jack Miller (Marc VDS) and Cal Crutchlow (LCR), while Michele Pirro brought the third factory Ducati into the top eight.

The top 10 was completed by Valentino Rossi on the best of the factory Yamahas and Pol Espargaro's KTM.

Rossi, along with team-mate Maverick Vinales, who was 11th in FP2, will need to improve in Saturday morning's session to be sure of a Q2 slot, as they are only 11th and 12th in the combined order.

Suzuki rider Andrea Iannone suffered a late crash in the session and was only 18th - though his FP1 time still grants him a spot in Q2 - and Aleix and Pol Espargaro also had late incidents.

Tech 3 Yamaha's Michael van der Mark was last again, 2.4s off the pace.

FP2 times

1Jorge LorenzoDucati1m30.640s18
2Dani PedrosaHonda0.122s23
3Andrea DoviziosoDucati0.309s20
4Johann ZarcoTech3 Yamaha0.414s22
5Marc MarquezHonda0.603s20
6Jack MillerMVDS Honda0.717s19
7Cal CrutchlowLCR Honda0.743s20
8Michele PirroDucati0.773s20
9Valentino RossiYamaha0.848s22
10Pol EspargaroKTM0.975s18
11Maverick VinalesYamaha0.984s21
12Aleix EspargaroAprilia1.058s16
13Scott ReddingPramac Ducati1.093s18
14Karel AbrahamAspar Ducati1.218s20
15Alex RinsSuzuki1.236s21
16Hector BarberaAvintia Ducati1.286s18
17Tito RabatMVDS Honda1.318s24
18Andrea IannoneSuzuki1.326s16
19Mika KallioKTM1.326s20
20Alvaro BautistaAspar Ducati1.436s19
21Loris BazAvintia Ducati1.511s20
22Danilo PetrucciPramac Ducati1.552s20
23Bradley SmithKTM1.817s21
24Sam LowesAprilia1.947s19
25Michael van der MarkTech3 Yamaha2.461s24

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