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Marc Marquez tops MotoGP Free Practice 1 at San Marino

San Marino will be the first race that Yamaha will use its seamless shift gearbox.
San Marino will be the first race that Yamaha will use its seamless shift gearbox.
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by Daniel Mackrell

Repsol Honda riders Marc Marquez and Dani Pedrosa sent out an early message to their Yamaha rivals after finishing fastest in the first free practice session ahead of the San Marino Grand Prix this weekend (13-15 September).

Yamaha announced that its seamless shift gearbox has finally been fitted to its MotoGP bikes, and this weekend will be the first opportunity to see if the riders can use this technology to close the gap on the Honda leaders.

Both Jorge Lorenzo and Valentino Rossi have been asking for the technology for some time, believing it to be part of the reason behind Honda's recent success, but the FP1 results suggest there's still more to be done if they are to challenge Marquez and Pedrosa.

Marquez, the current MotoGP championship leader, recorded a fastest time of 1:34.476 seconds, and was closely followed by his Honda team-mate Dani Pedrosa who had a best time of 1:34.698.

Lorenzo and Rossi weren't too far behind with times of 1:34.902 and 1:34.978 seconds respectively, and could continue to close the gap with the new technology.

Alvaro Bautista, Stefan Bradl, Nicky Hayden, Andrea Dovizioso, Michele Pirro and Aleix Espargaro made up the rest of the top ten.

Meanwhile British rider Cal Crutchlow recorded a disappointing 1:35.913 seconds, which was 1.437 seconds behind Marquez's early pace.

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