Motorcycling

Petrucci tops opening Misano practice

Danilo Petrucci was quickest in a very quiet opening MotoGP practice session at Misano.

 
Petrucci tops practice - MotorcyclingReuters
 

Damp and very cold conditions dissuaded most of the prototype field from coming out, meaning the timesheets were dominated by CRT riders.

Petrucci's late 1m43.178s on the Suter-BMW that Ioda has switched to this weekend put him 0.2 seconds ahead of Michele Pirro's Gresini FTR-Honda.

James Ellison completed the top three on Paul Bird's Aprilia.

Fourth went to newcomer David Salom, replacing Ivan Silva in the Avintia line-up.

Only two prototype riders set times: Yamaha's Ben Spies in fifth and Ducati's Nicky Hayden in seventh.

Title rivals Jorge Lorenzo and Dani Pedrosa, and Casey Stoner's stand-in Jonathan Rea, were among the large number of riders who preferred to wait for better conditions later on.

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