Bradl tops final warm-up in Laguna Seca
21 July 2013 – Stefan Bradl topped Sunday’s final warm-up session for the United States Grand Prix, the German just edging out Repsol Honda rider Marc Marquez by eight thousandths of a second.
Marquez had been the first man to break into the 1:21.000s, duelling with compatriot Jorge Lorenzo for the fastest time early on in the session. Lorenzo, who is riding with an injured collarbone, posted a number of consistently fast laps, in stark contrast to his cautious approach throughout Friday and Saturday practice. Bradl’s sesson-topping time came with two minutes left on the clock, with the pole-sitter posting a 1:21.743.
Alvaro Bautista, who qualified in third, suffered a dramatic lowside crash into Turn 5. After losing front-end grip on entry, his bike careened off into the gravel, slamming into the barriers after several rolls. The Spaniard walked away unharmed, but was unable to restart his Gresini Honda machine.
Lorenzo eventually ended up in third, recording a time of 1:21.834. Despite his crash, Bautista placed fourth, albeit several tenths down on the frontrunners with a 1:22.359. Yamaha rider Valentino Rossi rounded out the top five, the Italian clocking a 1:22.394 to finish ahead of Cal Crutchlow, who posted a 1:22.474.
The United States Grand Prix at Laguna Seca starts at 14:00 local time (GMT -7)