Marc Marquez takes part in the second practice session at Valencia. (Photo: Getty Images)

takes part in the second practice session at Valencia. (Photo: Getty Images)

Championship leader Marc Marquez was once again the man to beat on Friday at Valencia, as the rookie set a best time of 1:31.220 to top the combined timesheets.

Despite windy conditions, Marquez managed to up his pace late in the session – coming within four-tenths of ’s pole record of 1’30.844 from last year.

Pedrosa trailed his Repsol Honda teammate by 0.066 seconds with 0.158 seconds off the pace in third.

The three riders traded the top spot multiple times in the 45-minute practice session, with Lorenzo controlling the first half. However, the Yamaha frontrunner was unable to keep the Honda duo at bay.

Pedrosa dominated much of the second half, but would be bumped into second by Marquez with six minutes remaining.

finished the session in fourth despite a late crash, which left the Tech 3 rider unhurt. Fellow Yamaha rider clocked in fifth, 0.45 seconds off the pace.

Stefan Bradl was sixth followed by Alvaro Bautista, Bradley Smith and the Ducati duo of Andrea Dovizioso and Nicky Hayden.

Marquez holds a 13-point advantage over Lorenzo as the two prepare for Sunday’s finale, which can be seen Live on FOX Sports 1 at 8a ET.

If the 20-year-old finishes fourth or better, he will become the first rookie to win the title since Kenny Roberts in 1978.

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