Rain Dampens Italian MotoGP Practice
MUGELLO, Italy – Light rain restricted MotoGP practice Friday at Mugello Circuit, with Marc Marquez setting the fastest time during the opening practice session.
Some late timed laps in the second practice for the MotoGP riders saw Ducati Team’s test rider and wild card this weekend Michele Pirro lead the way in the rain with 2:05.435 in the mixed conditions, with only Nicky Hayden (Drive M7 Aspar), Alvaro Bautista (GO&FUN Honda Gresini) and Hiroshi Aoyama (Drive M7 Aspar) joining him on a relatively meaningless afternoon timesheet.
If it rains again for third practice the faster times from the first practice will dictate Q1 and Q2 participation and World Champion Marquez led the way in that morning session with a 1:48.004 best time, beating Valentino Rossi (Movistar Yamaha MotoGP) by .382 of a second.
Andrea Iannone (Pramac Racing) and Andrea Dovizioso (Ducati Team) made it three Italians in the top five in the first practice, which was completed by Jorge Lorenzo (Movistar Yamaha MotoGP).