Valentino Rossi was the fastest man in Friday’s practice session in Catalan, edging out his Yamaha teammate, Jorge Lorenzo, by 0.049 seconds.
Rossi produced a lap time of one minute 42.297 to put the disappointment of crashing out of his home Grand Prix in Italy on the first lap two weeks ago.
Current championship leader, Dani Pedrosa was third fastest while Alvaro Bautista, who was involved in the Rossi crash last week, went fourth quickest. Bautista had crashed earlier in the day before recovering.
British rider Cal Crutchlow recorded the fifth fastest time, with less than half a second covering all the riders in the top five.
Rookie Marc Marquez was sixth fastest as he looks for victory in his maiden home Grand Prix. This comes just two weeks after the disappointment of crashing out from second place late on at Mugello.
Pedrosa currently leads the standings on 103 points, 11 ahead of Lorenzo with Sunday’s GP the sixth race of the season.
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