Marquez tops season-closing Valencia MotoGP practice
Valencia: Championship leader Marc Marquez topped the times in Friday`s practice for this weelend`s season-closing Valencia MotoGP.
The Honda rookie holds a 13-point lead over his fellow Spaniard, Yamaha`s defending champion Jorge Lorenzo.
Marquez topped the time sheets after the two sessions with a best lap of 1min 31.220sec, followed by teammate Dani Pedrosa (at 0.066sec)and Lorenzo (0.158sec).
Lorenzo reported: "This afternoon was very windy so it was very difficult to make the same lap time of the morning but we managed to improve it a little bit.
"We adjusted the bike a little electronically and also the suspension. We are quite close to everyone and ready to keep working tomorrow."
The 20-year-old Marquez is aiming to become the youngest ever MotoGP champion on Sunday but he has seen his lead whittled down by Lorenzo`s late charge.
He can seal the title should he finish fourth or better at the Ricardo Tormo circuit.
MotoGP practice Times
1. Marc Marquez (ESP/Honda) 1:31.220, 2. Dani Pedrosa (ESP/Honda) at 0.066sec, 3. Jorge Lorenzo (ESP/Yamaha) 0.158, 4. Cal Crutchlow (GBR/Yamaha Tech3) 0.282, 5. Valentino Rossi (ITA/Yamaha) 0.419, 6. Stefan Bradl (GER/Honda LCR) 0.638, 7. Alvaro Bautista (ESP/Honda Gresini) 0.653, 8. Bradley Smith (GBR/Yamaha Tech3) 0.764, 9. Andrea Dovizioso (ITA/Ducati) 1.143, 10. Nicky Hayden (USA/Ducati) 1.175