2013 Qatar MotoGP | Honda’s Marquez Tops Free Practice 2

Repsol Honda's Marc Marquez

Repsol Honda’s Marc Marquez

2013 Qatar MotoGP FP2 Results

During Thursday’s Free Practice 1 session at Losail International Circuit for Qatar MotoGP, the top three prototypes were Yamaha YZR-M1s, led by the reigning champion Jorge Lorenzo.

The fastest Honda was the Repsol RC213V piloted by Marc Marquez, the Spaniard taking fourth. But things changed for the rookie following Free Practice 2 Friday evening. Marquez took the top spot with a 1:56.477, the fastest time of the weekend so far.

Marquez’s lap around the 3.343-mile circuit was 0.268 of a second quicker than his compatriot Lorenzo, and 0.328 of a second quicker than Yamaha Factory Racing’s Valentino Rossi. During FP2, Lorenzo piloted Yamaha’s 2013-spec chassis, even though the team had previously declared it would not be using it in Qatar; direct comparisons with the older version cannot yet be drawn because of the changeable conditions, although it was on this version that his fastest time came, MotoGP reports.

Fourth quickest, 0.692 of a second behind Lorenzo was Monster Tech 3 Yamaha’s Cal Crutchlow, though if you combine times of FP1 and FP2 the Brit is ahead of Rossi. Next was LCR Honda’s Stefan Bradl; the German was 0.780 of a second behind, and the final rider to post within a second of Marquez.

The fastest Ducati was once again Andrea Dovizioso on the factory GP13. The Italian was 1.356 seconds behind Marquez, and was followed 0.044 of a second by Repsol Honda’s Dani Pedrosa. Rounding out the top 10 were Ducati’s Nicky Hayden, Ignite Pramac Ducati’s Ben Spies and GO&FUN Honda Gresini’s Alvaro Bautista.

The top CRT bike was Power Electronics Aspar’s Aleix Espargaró, who was 2.154 seconds behind Marquez.

MotoGP reports that from this season onwards, the first three practice sessions of the race weekend have a direct bearing on qualifying. Once the practice time sheets are combined, the top ten riders will are placed directly into Saturday’s new Q2 qualifying period. Prior to that, Q1 will decide grid positions 13 and downwards, while the quickest pair of riders from Q1 will proceed to Q2 and create a 12-rider shootout for pole position.

The third and final free practice session gets underway at 8:55 p.m. local time.

2013 Qatar MotoGP Free Practice 2 Results:

Pos. Num. Rider Nation Team Bike Km/h Time Gap 1st/Prev.
1 93 Marc MARQUEZ SPA Repsol Honda Team Honda 341.0 1’56.477
2 99 Jorge LORENZO SPA Yamaha Factory Racing Yamaha 338.2 1’56.745 0.268 / 0.268
3 46 Valentino ROSSI ITA Yamaha Factory Racing Yamaha 339.0 1’56.805 0.328 / 0.060
4 35 Cal CRUTCHLOW GBR Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Yamaha 337.8 1’57.169 0.692 / 0.364
5 6 Stefan BRADL GER LCR Honda MotoGP Honda 340.1 1’57.257 0.780 / 0.088
6 4 Andrea DOVIZIOSO ITA Ducati Team Ducati 343.4 1’57.833 1.356 / 0.576
7 26 Dani PEDROSA SPA Repsol Honda Team Honda 342.2 1’57.877 1.400 / 0.044
8 69 Nicky HAYDEN USA Ducati Team Ducati 337.0 1’58.040 1.563 / 0.163
9 11 Ben SPIES USA Ignite Pramac Racing Ducati 339.0 1’58.137 1.660 / 0.097
10 19 Alvaro BAUTISTA SPA GO&FUN Honda Gresini Honda 337.3 1’58.298 1.821 / 0.161
11 38 Bradley SMITH GBR Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Yamaha 335.5 1’58.340 1.863 / 0.042
12 29 Andrea IANNONE ITA Energy T.I. Pramac Racing Ducati 340.6 1’58.575 2.098 / 0.235
13 41 Aleix ESPARGARO SPA Power Electronics Aspar ART 321.7 1’58.631 2.154 / 0.056
14 68 Yonny HERNANDEZ COL Paul Bird Motorsport ART 320.0 1’58.871 2.394 / 0.240
15 8 Hector BARBERA SPA Avintia Blusens FTR 320.0 1’58.904 2.427 / 0.033
16 14 Randy DE PUNIET FRA Power Electronics Aspar ART 321.5 1’59.185 2.708 / 0.281
17 17 Karel ABRAHAM CZE Cardion AB Motoracing ART 315.9 1’59.809 3.332 / 0.624
18 9 Danilo PETRUCCI ITA Came IodaRacing Project Ioda-Suter 322.6 2’00.557 4.080 / 0.748
19 7 Hiroshi AOYAMA JPN Avintia Blusens FTR 318.2 2’00.652 4.175 / 0.095
20 52 Lukas PESEK CZE Came IodaRacing Project Ioda-Suter 309.8 2’00.919 4.442 / 0.267
21 5 Colin EDWARDS USA NGM Mobile Forward Racing FTR Kawasaki 319.8 2’00.940 4.463 / 0.021
22 71 Claudio CORTI ITA NGM Mobile Forward Racing FTR Kawasaki 317.4 2’01.321 4.844 / 0.381
23 67 Bryan STARING AUS GO&FUN Honda Gresini FTR Honda 317.2 2’01.622 5.145 / 0.301
24 70 Michael LAVERTY GBR Paul Bird Motorsport PBM 318.0 2’01.816 5.339 / 0.194

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