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Nov 8

MotoGP: Marquez Quickest As Opening Day At Valencia Concludes

Marc Marquez takes part in the second practice session at Valencia. (Photo: Getty Images)

Marc Marquez takes part in the second practice session at Valencia. (Photo: Getty Images)

Championship leader Marc Marquez was once again the man to beat on Friday at Valencia, as the rookie set a best time of 1:31.220 to top the combined timesheets.

Despite windy conditions, Marquez managed to up his pace late in the session – coming within four-tenths of Dani Pedrosa’s pole record of 1’30.844 from last year.

Pedrosa trailed his Repsol Honda teammate by 0.066 seconds with Jorge Lorenzo 0.158 seconds off the pace in third.

Nov 8

What To Watch: Your Weekend Racing Schedule

What To Watch: Your Weekend Racing Schedule

Repsol Honda Team’s Spanish rider Marc Marquez takes part in the first Moto GP free practice of the Valencia GP. (Photo: Getty Images)

Friday, November 8

On Demand – FIA European Rally | San Remo (www.Speed2.com)

Saturday, November 9

On Demand – F3 Open | Italy Race 1 (www.Speed2.com)

7:20 a.m. – MotoGP | Valencia GP Qualifying (www.Speed2.com)

Sunday, November 10

On Demand – F3 Open | Italy Race 2 (www.Speed2.com)

8 a.m. – MotoGP | Valencia GP Race (FOX Sports 1)

3 p.m. – MotoGP Moto 3 | Valencia GP Race (FOX Sports 2)

4 p.m. – MotoGP Moto 2 | Valencia GP Race (FOX Sports 2)

5 p.m. – MotoGP | Valencia GP Race (FOX Sports 2) *Replay

8 p.m. – FIA World Touring Car Championship | Slovakia (FOX Sports 2)

9 p.m. – FIA GT1 World Championship | Belgium (FOX Sports 2)

**All times Eastern Standard

Nov 8

Sports Cars: Toyota Takes Pole For FIA WEC Six Hours of Shanghai

The No. 7 Toyota TS030 Hybrid, piloted by Nicolas Lapierre and Alex Wurz, will start first in the Six Hours of Shanghai. (Photo: Getty Images)

The No. 7 Toyota TS030 Hybrid, piloted by Nicolas Lapierre and Alex Wurz, will start first in the Six Hours of Shanghai. (Photo: Getty Images)

Toyota will start Saturday’s Six Hours of Shanghai from the pole position as it searches for back-to-back victories in the FIA World Endurance Championship.

Nicolas Lapierre and Alex Wurz, winners last time out in the rain-shortened Fuji round, combined for a four-lap average of 1:48.013 in their No. 7 Toyota TS030 Hybrid in qualifying Friday in China.

Nov 8

MotoGP: Marquez Strikes First In Valencia

Championship leader Marc Marquez rides during first practice at Valencia. (Photo: Dorna Communications)

Championship leader Marc Marquez rides during first practice at Valencia. (Photo: Dorna Communications)

After the first outing for the MotoGP riders at Valencia in FP1, it was standings leader Marc Marquez who set the pace by a 0.018s margin, with Jorge Lorenzo and Dani Pedrosa just behind him on the timesheet.

At the start of the GP Generali de la Comunitat Valenciana weekend, which will see either Marquez or his Yamaha Factory Racing rival Lorenzo crowned as 2013 MotoGP champion, it was the former who took the advantage over the latter late in the session, in sunny, dry conditions.