Marquez takes charge in second MotoGP practice

Marquez takes charge in second MotoGP practice


Marquez takes charge in second MotoGP practice


Marc Marquez took charge in MotoGP’s second Friday practice session at Aragon.

After a very close morning battle was won by Yamaha’s Jorge Lorenzo, the afternoon session was dominated by Honda. Lorenzo and title rival Marquez immediately kicked off with their best laps of the day, but the latter’s 1m48.987s was 0.418 second clear of Lorenzo’s quickest effort.

This early-run times would stand as Marquez and Lorenzo’s best of the day. It was sufficient to keep Marquez on top for the rest of the session, but Lorenzo was pushed back to fourth.

First Marquez’s works Honda teammate Dani Pedrosa moved up to second, then LCR Honda rider Stefan Bradl put in a great lap to claim the spot, 0.132sec slower than Marquez. With Alvaro Bautista going fifth quickest for Gresini, Lorenzo was the sole Yamaha in a Honda-filled top five.

Bautista set his time on his first run and later had a crash at Turn 8. He was unhurt.

Yamaha riders Cal Crutchlow and Valentino Rossi were back in sixth and seventh, ahead of Ducati pacesetter Andrea Dovizioso and CRT leader Aleix Espargaro.

Pos Rider             Bike                       Time        Gap     Laps 1. Marc Marquez      Honda                      1m48.987s            17 2. Stefan Bradl      LCR Honda                  1m49.119s  +0.132s   18 3. Dani Pedrosa      Honda                      1m49.254s  +0.267s   19 4. Jorge Lorenzo     Yamaha                     1m49.405s  +0.418s   17 5. Alvaro Bautista   Gresini Honda              1m49.763s  +0.776s   14 6. Cal Crutchlow     Tech 3 Yamaha              1m49.840s  +0.853s   18 7. Valentino Rossi   Yamaha                     1m49.909s  +0.922s   16 8. Andrea Dovizioso  Ducati                     1m50.034s  +1.047s   17 9. Aleix Espargaro   Aspar Aprilia              1m50.055s  +1.068s   1510. Nicky Hayden      Ducati                     1m50.446s  +1.459s   1711. Andrea Iannone    Pramac Ducati              1m50.727s  +1.740s   1812. Hector Barbera    Avintia FTR-Kawasaki       1m50.913s  +1.926s   1613. Bradley Smith     Tech 3 Yamaha              1m50.944s  +1.957s   1814. Yonny Hernandez   Pramac Ducati              1m51.345s  +2.358s   1715. Claudio Corti     Forward FTR-Kawasaki       1m51.461s  +2.474s   1716. Randy de Puniet   Aspar Aprilia              1m51.699s  +2.712s   1617. Colin Edwards     Forward FTR-Kawasaki       1m52.020s  +3.033s   1818. Danilo Petrucci   Ioda-Suter-BMW             1m52.121s  +3.134s   1819. Hiroshi Aoyama    Avintia FTR-Kawasaki       1m52.227s  +3.240s   1420. Michael Laverty   PBM-Aprilia                1m53.220s  +4.233s   1421. Luca Scassa       Cardion Aprilia            1m53.338s  +4.351s   1722. Bryan Staring     Gresini FTR-Honda          1m53.557s  +4.570s   1423. Lukas Pesek       Ioda-Suter-BMW             1m54.793s  +5.806s   1524. Damien Cudlin     PBM-Aprilia                1m55.343s  +6.356s   16