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Marquez just misses track record at Indy practice

August 17, 2013

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Spain’s Marc Marquez posted the fastest lap and nearly broke the track record during Saturday morning’s practice for the Indianapolis Grand Prix.

The 20-year-old rookie completed the 2.621-mile, 16-turn road course in 1 minute, 38.844 seconds. Marquez’s Repsol Honda teammate, Dani Pedrosa, set the mark last year by qualifying in 1:38.813.

Marquez has the fastest time in all three practice sessions this weekend and is the clear favorite to win the pole later Saturday. Germany’s Stefan Bradl of LCR Honda was second in 1:39.125, while Britain’s Cal Crutchlow of Monster Yamaha Tech 3 was third in 1:39.441.

American Ben Spies crashed hard on his left shoulder during the practice session. He did not return, though a team spokesperson said he did not break any bones.

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