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Jerez MotoGP: Crutchlow fastest in Friday practice, Marquez crashes

Cal Crutchlow LCR Honda Jerez MotoGP 2018

LCR Honda rider Cal Crutchlow topped the second free practice session ahead of MotoGP's Spanish Grand Prix at Jerez, as reigning champion Marc Marquez crashed.

Marquez led most of the session, but elected not to use a soft rear tyre in the closing minutes and then crashed at the Dry Sac right-hander.

Having missed out on the top spot in first practice by just 0.007 seconds, Marquez took until his third flying lap to surpass Dovizioso's morning benchmark early on - by virtue of a 1m39.028s lap.

He followed that up with a 1m38.863s, and ended the run leading a Honda 1-2-3, ahead of works team-mate Dani Pedrosa and Crutchlow.

It took another half an hour before another rider, Tech3 Yamaha's Johann Zarco, put on new tyres to join Marquez in the sub-1m39s margin - and this was immediately followed by Crutchlow doing likewise to claim the top spot with a 1m38.749s effort.

Zarco then went half a tenth quicker than the LCR man, only for Crutchlow to immediately reclaim first place on a 1m38.614s.

Marc Marquez crash Jerez MotoGP 2018

But his lead was still under threat from Pedrosa, who, after coming up just 0.028s short of Crutchlow on his penultimate effort, was up on the Briton's lap after three sectors at the chequered flag - only to lose out in the end.

Zarco settled for third, 0.004s ahead of Suzuki's Andrea Iannone, with the top four split by less than a tenth.

Despite crashing, Marquez wound up in fifth, a quarter of a second off the pace but around two tenths up on Ducati trio Dovizioso, Jorge Lorenzo and Pramac privateer Jack Miller.

Yamaha works riders Valentino Rossi and Maverick Vinales made up the top 10, but Vinales is not currently on course to claim an automatic Q2 spot - as his time was slower than the practice one effort of KTM's Pol Espargaro.

FP2 times

1Cal CrutchlowLCR HondaHonda1m38.614s-20
2Dani PedrosaHondaHonda1m38.642s0.028s20
3Johann ZarcoTech3 YamahaYamaha1m38.705s0.091s20
4Andrea IannoneSuzukiSuzuki1m38.709s0.095s21
5Marc MarquezHondaHonda1m38.863s0.249s19
6Andrea DoviziosoDucatiDucati1m39.068s0.454s20
7Jorge LorenzoDucatiDucati1m39.076s0.462s19
8Jack MillerPramac DucatiDucati1m39.102s0.488s17
9Valentino RossiYamahaYamaha1m39.248s0.634s19
10Maverick VinalesYamahaYamaha1m39.514s0.900s19
11Pol EspargaroKTMKTM1m39.541s0.927s19
12Karel AbrahamAspar DucatiDucati1m39.541s0.927s19
13Alex RinsSuzukiSuzuki1m39.575s0.961s21
14Mika KallioKTMKTM1m39.661s1.047s19
15Takaaki NakagamiLCR HondaHonda1m39.694s1.080s21
16Danilo PetrucciPramac DucatiDucati1m39.723s1.109s17
17Tito RabatAvintia DucatiDucati1m39.888s1.274s24
18Bradley SmithKTMKTM1m39.948s1.334s19
19Franco MorbidelliMVDS HondaHonda1m39.951s1.337s18
20Alvaro BautistaAspar DucatiDucati1m39.969s1.355s17
21Aleix EspargaroApriliaAprilia1m40.003s1.389s15
22Thomas LuthiMVDS HondaHonda1m40.241s1.627s17
23Hafizh SyahrinTech3 YamahaYamaha1m40.488s1.874s19
24Scott ReddingApriliaAprilia1m40.536s1.922s15
25Xavier SimeonAvintia DucatiDucati1m40.663s2.049s17

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