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2013 MotoGP: Marquez Tops FP1 with Frail Advantage

It was Marc Marquez who led the first Free Practice at Valencia, ahead of the fina round of the 2013 MotoGP Champhionship.
Marquez Tops Valencia FP1 with Frail Advantage 4 photos
Marc Marquez at Valencia 20132013 Valencia FP1 resultsRossi and Jeremy Burgess
Marquez posted a very frail 0.018s advantage over his rival, Jorge Lorenzo. Dani Pedrosa finished FP1 in the third position, 0.024s behind his rookie team mate, and seemed quite comfortable on the Valencia asphalt.

Yamaha's Smith and Rossi were 4th and 5th, respectively, followed by Bautista, Crutchlow, Bradl, Hayden and Dovizioso.

The second Free Practice is due in about 30 minutes (at the time of writing) and we'll be back with news on the results immediately after the official time sheets are posted.

Valentino Rossi also announced last night that he and his Crew Chief Jeremy Burgess are going different ways after this weekend's race. Burgess has been Rossi's tech chief for no less than 14 seasons and together they won no less than 7 world titles.

“It’s not true that I’m unhappy with Jeremy’s work but it is true that next year he won’t be my Chief Mechanic. It was a very difficult decision for me because I have a great history with Jeremy. He is not just my Chief Mechanic. He is like part of my family. My father in racing.

But I’ve decided for next year I need to change something to try to find new motivation and to have a boost to improve my level, my speed. So this will be my last race together with Jeremy,” Rossi told

No replacement was announced for the moment, but a name is expected to surface next week.


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