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Crutchlow tops MotoGP training times


MUGELLO,  AFP: Britain's Cal Crutchlow, riding an LCR Honda, clocked the fastest time in the opening two training runs for the Italian MotoGP at Mugello on Friday.

The Briton timed 1min 47.365sec to finish ahead of Italian Andrea Dovizioso (Ducati), who was fastest in the morning, with Germany's Yamaha Tech3 rider Jonas Folger in third.

The Spanish trio of Jorge Lorenzo (Ducati), championship leader Maverick Vinales (Yamaha) and Marc Marquez (Honda) could only finish 10th, 11th and 13th.

Vinales suffered a heavy fall, which seemed to leave him struggling to breathe before he found his way back onto the saddle.

Home favourite Valentino Rossi, the seven-time world MotoGP champion, struggled with chest pains after a motocross training accident that saw him hospitalised last week.

But he was eventually cleared to race and was 14th fastest.

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