Lorenzo edges Marquez in ultra-close MotoGP practice at Indy
Jorge Lorenzo topped both MotoGP practice sessions on Friday at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, with the second session offering a tight battle between Lorenzo and defending champion Marc Marquez.
Lorenzo utilized his final lap to set a Friday-best 1:33.654, beating Marquez by just three thousandths of a second.
Andrea Dovizioso was the quickest Ducati rider in third, just edging teammate Andrea Iannone, as they both seemed to benefit from a private test at Misano during the summer break.
CWM LCR Honda’s Cal Crutchlow improved by over a second throughout the day to finish as the leading Satellite rider in fifth, ahead of Pol Espargaro on the Monster Yamaha Tech 3 M1, who managed to walk away from a huge highside crash at the end of FP2.
Dani Pedrosa on the second Repsol Honda ended the day in seventh, ahead of Scott Redding and Bradley Smith. Championship leader Valentino Rossi found himself down in 10th on the combined timesheets, 0.672s behind his teammate Lorenzo.
Avintia Racing’s Hector Barbera was the leading Open class rider in 14th, ahead of the Factory Team Suzuki Ecstar GSX-RR of Aleix Espargaro and local hero Nicky Hayden on the Aspar MotoGP Team Honda.