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Qatar MotoGP First Practice: Aleix Espargaro Sets the Pace On "Open" Yamaha
Edwards Eighth! Hayden Tenth! Pedrosa Sixth!
Thursday, March 20, 2014

Pos.RiderTeamBikeTime
1Aleix EspargaroNGM Mobile Forward RacingForward Yamaha 1:55.201
2Alvaro BautistaGo&Fun Honda GresiniHonda RC213V 1:55.667
3Bradley SmithMonster Yamaha Tech 3Yamaha M1 1:55.816
4Andrea IannonePramac RacingDucati 1:55.996
5Pol EspargaroMonster Yamaha Tech 3Yamaha M1 1:56.020
6Dani PedrosaRepsol Honda TeamHonda RC213V1:56.332
7Valentino RossiYamaha Factory RacingYamaha M1 1:56.542
8Colin EdwardsNGM Mobile Forward RacingForward Yamaha1:56.626
9Jorge LorenzoYamaha Factory RacingYamaha M11:56.668
10Nicky HaydenDrive M7 AsparHonda RCV1000R 1:56.670
11Marc MarquezRepsol Honda TeamHonda RC213V 1:56.682
12Stefan BradlLCR HondaHonda RC213V 1:56.726
13Cal CrutchlowDucati TeamDucati GP14 1:57.046
14Andrea DoviziosoDucati TeamDucati GP14 1:57.100
15Yonny HernandezEnergy Ti Pramac RacingDucati 1:57.623
16Karel AbrahamCardion AB MotoracingHonda RCV1000R 1:57.779
17Hiroshi AoyamaDrive M7 AsparHonda RCV1000R1:58.182
18Hector BarberaAvintia RacingAvintia1:58.394

A dirty, green track frustrated the factory MotoGP bikes in the opening session of the '14 season. Both Jorge Lorenzo and Valentino Rossi said there was little grip from the rear. However, "Open" bikes were able to run a softer compound tire much to their advantage.

World champion Marc Marquez looked sore throughout the session and rode without any pain meds just to see if he could do it.

The session was red-flagged briefly when Yonny Hernandez crashed his Pramac Ducati. Hernandez was taken to the medical center with suspected collarbone or wrist injuries. Hernendez's tumbling Ducati scattered the track with rocks and gravel.

As the session ended, Yamaha's Lorenzo looked to be seething mad at the current state of affairs. He was making a spinning motion with his hands each time he spoke with a Bridgestone engineer.

Scott Redding didn't make many laps with his Honda suffering technical issues.

ENDS

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