Marquez Tops FP1 at Mugello, Hard Crashes for Pol Espargaro and Bautista

Pol Espargaro crashing at Mugello in FP1 10 photos
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Marc Marquez is once more the fastest rider on the grid, as the Free Practice session 1 ends at Mugello, ahead of the Gran Premio d’Italia TIM. We’ve also had Andrea Dovizioso and Valentino Rossi in the lead for quite a long time, but during the end of the outing, Marquez managed to do a 1’48.004 lap, 0.382 seconds faster than Rossi.
Andrea Iannone squeezed into third, 0.430 slower than Marquez, and was followed by Andrea Dovizioso and Jorge Lorenzo, 0.514 and 0.661 adrift from the leader. The top 10 was rounded up with Aleix Espargaro, Stefan Bradl, Cal Crutchlow, Alvaro Bautista and Bradley Smith. Dani Pedrosa seems like testing several setups and ended Free Practice 1 in the 11th position, 1.2 seconds slower than his team mate Marquez.

The Free Practice 1 also saw two very hard crashes, one from Pol Espargaro and the other from Alvaro Bautista, both high-siding spectacularly and wrecking their bikes badly, but miraculously walking away from the site, and providing a lot of work for their mechanics in the remaining 3 hours until the second Free Practice of the day kicks off.

IodaRacing’s Danilo Petrucci was unfortunately declared unfit to race after the medical check-up today, and his team is currently looking for a substitute rider. Nicky Hayden also seemingly has some problems with his Drive M7 Aspar Honda RCV1000R productions racer, as he was the last on the time sheets, almost 7.5 seconds behind the leader Marquez.

In terms of numbers, on race day at Mugello it will be exactly 6 years since Italian riders won all three races, also during the Italian GP: 125cc - Simone Corsi, 250cc – Marco Simoncelli and in MotoGP – Valentino Rossi. Rossi is also believed to be the only rider which could put an end to Marquez’ winning streak. The Doctor has won seven straight wins at Mugello between 2002 and 2008, and currently is the only MotoGP rider to score such a portofolio of home race victories. Earlier this week he declared that winning at Mugello is “a matter of honor”, even though this weekend marks his 300th GP race and “it means he’s old,” Rossi joked.
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