MONTMELÓ, Spain: World champion Marc Marquez of Honda hit overdrive Friday, dominating free practice at the redesigned Montmelo track at the Catalunya MotoGP, despite being penalised for failing to slow down approaching an accident.
Marquez, 24, saw his best time from the end of the session cancelled but still clocked a top 1min 44.478sec to lead Ducati’s Jorge Lorenzo by 0.222 with German rookie Jonas Folger third on a Yahama at 0.361.
Winner at Mugello last Sunday and second in the world standings Andrea Dovizioso of Ducati was fourth fastest at 0.405.
World championship leader Maverick Vinales was also penalised for failing to slow down approaching the accident along with Dani Pedrosa, Tito Rabat and Johann Zarco.
Still feeling the pain from a motorcross crash two weeks ago, Italian superstar Valentino Rossi was way down in ninth at 0.823 as his Yamaha teammate Vinales was way off the pace, 1.332sec down in 16th.