Jerez MotoGP: Lorenzo Leads Crutchlow at Friday Practice

Yamaha Factory Racing's Jorge Lorenzo

2013 Jerez Friday Practice Results

The first of four MotoGP rounds held on Spanish soil got underway Friday with the first free practice sessions at Jerez ahead of the Spanish Grand Prix.

A home race for two-time MotoGP Champion Jorge Lorenzo, the Yamaha Factory Racing YZR-M1 rider immediately pleased his home crowd. The 25-year old, who turns 26 Saturday, beat out his fellow countryman Dani Pedrosa in the first free practice by only 0.003 of a second with a quickest lap of 1:39.701.

But things drastically changed in free practice two. No one was able to post under the 1:39.7 mark in FP1, but Lorenzo. He posted a quickest lap of 1:39.562.

To put this time into perspective, the fastest lap times at Jerez are just over 1:38. Lorenzo has the Fastest Lap and Best Pole, which was a 1:38.189 set in his rookie MotoGP year in 2008 during the former 800cc era.

Following Lorenzo 0.171 of a second back during FP2 was Monster Yamaha Tech 3’s Cal Crutchlow, with Pedrosa 0.195 of a second behind.

Jorge Lorenzo (Yamaha Factory Racing YZR-M1 MotoGP) says: “At the beginning of the second practice I felt better than this morning but with the warmer temperatures it has been difficult to keep the same pace. We will have to work on the settings to keep the same pace for tomorrow. We need to try to improve our pace by three or four tenths, to ride comfortably in the 39s will be a good feeling. I’m happy that we are first in today’s two sessions but I want more.”

As for Crutchlow, he has some great finishes at Jerez. The 27-year-old battled for the podium right to the finish line last season, and he produced an impressive performance in the final winter test session at the Spanish venue in late March to top the time sheets. Crutchlow was fourth quickest in FP1, but found something extra in FP2.

Cal Crutchlow (Monster Yamaha Tech 3 YZR-M1 MotoGP) says: “It was quite a tough day because we made a lot of changes that meant the bike was set-up completely different than the way we had it at the test. We made it a little bit longer and lower to give me a good feeling because while I was able to set the fastest time at the test, the track temperature was much higher today and it meant the bike was not working perfectly with the set-up we ran at the test.

“I was changing bikes during FP2 and doing a lot of laps to try as many things as possible and I am positive for the rest of the weekend. We’ve got a few ideas to improve even further tomorrow and I will sit down with my crew tonight and have a good look at the data to come up with a plan of attack for the rest of the weekend. My Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Team is doing a great job again and being competitive and fast today gives us a lot of confidence to take into Saturday and Sunday.”

Pedrosa experimented with loads of changes aboard his Repsol Honda RC213V, but wasn’t able to run with Lorenzo and Crutchlow in FP2.

Dani Pedrosa (Repsol Honda RC213V MotoGP) says: “Today we were able to get some good laps in at this circuit. We tried the soft and the hard tyre, and also some things with the suspension settings. It wasn’t bad, generally, although we need to keep working on this in order to get the bike more stable –both on the entrance and exit of the corners. That would allow us to ride at a faster pace. We will also need to prepare well for qualifying, which could be very tight.”

Fourth quickest went to Valentino Rossi, who has six premier-class victories at Jerez, with three of those on Yamaha MotoGP machinery. The nine-time World Champion was 0.312 of a second behind teammate Lorenzo, and  0.015 of a second ahead of Repsol Honda’s Marc Marquez.

The young Spaniard will be looking for something extra to maintain his shared points lead with Lorenzo. The rookie has shown much progress in the first two rounds, taking third at the opening round in Qatar, and winning two weeks ago at Circuit of the Americas in Austin, Texas.

Behind Marquez was GO&FUN Honda Gresini’s Alvaro Baustista, who was the final rider to post within a second of Lorenzo. Bautista, also of Spain, trailed Lorenzo by 0.945 of a second.

The next rider was not only the quickest Ducati pilot, but also the last of the top prototypes ahead of two CRT machines. This rider was Energy T.I. Pramac Racing Ducati’s Andrea Iannone.

As predicted by many before Jerez MotoGP, the CRTs are challenging more midfield prototype runners than has been the case at previous events. Hector Barbera – battered and bruised after a motocross accident at the end of last week – was ninth for Avintia Blusens, beating Power Electronics Aspar’s Aleix Espargaro. Their speed is likely to make for a dramatic climax to Saturday’s third practice session, as an assortment of riders battle for a guaranteed position in Q2 Qualifying.

Taking the 10th through 112th positions were three Ducati GP13s – Ducati Team’s Nicky Hayden, Ducati Team’s Andrea Dovizioso, Ducati Test Team’s Michele Pirro, respectively.

Several men found themselves with problems. As Cardion AB Motoracing’s Karel Abraham fought through the pain of a broken right collarbone after his Qualifying crash in Texas, Ignite Pramac Racing’s Ben Spies has not travelled to Jerez as he recovers from the trapped nerve which caused severe discomfort at the last round.

In this afternoon’s session, both Yonny Hernandez (PBM) and Stefan Bradl (LCR Honda MotoGP) suffered crashes, whereas Danilo Petrucci was presented with no option but to stop his Came IodaRacing Project machine as thick smoke and flames came from the exhaust. Ending the day 13th quickest, Ducati Team test rider Michele Pirro debuted a brand-new frame as he competes as a wildcard for the first time in 2013.

The third practice gets underway at 9:55 a.m. local time Saturday, May 4. As per new regulations in 2013 MotoGP, the sophomore year of the 1,000cc era, the top 10 riders out of the first three practice sessions automatically progress to Qualifying Two.

2013 Jerez MotoGP Free Practice 2 Results:

os. Num. Rider Nation Team Bike Km/h Time Gap 1st/Prev.
1 99 Jorge LORENZO SPA Yamaha Factory Racing Yamaha 286.0 1’39.562
2 35 Cal CRUTCHLOW GBR Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Yamaha 287.5 1’39.733 0.171 / 0.171
3 26 Dani PEDROSA SPA Repsol Honda Team Honda 289.0 1’39.757 0.195 / 0.024
4 46 Valentino ROSSI ITA Yamaha Factory Racing Yamaha 284.9 1’39.874 0.312 / 0.117
5 93 Marc MARQUEZ SPA Repsol Honda Team Honda 287.7 1’39.889 0.327 / 0.015
6 19 Alvaro BAUTISTA SPA GO&FUN Honda Gresini Honda 287.9 1’40.507 0.945 / 0.618
7 29 Andrea IANNONE ITA Energy T.I. Pramac Racing Ducati 283.8 1’40.574 1.012 / 0.067
8 8 Hector BARBERA SPA Avintia Blusens FTR 275.0 1’40.736 1.174 / 0.162
9 41 Aleix ESPARGARO SPA Power Electronics Aspar ART 272.5 1’40.738 1.176 / 0.002
10 69 Nicky HAYDEN USA Ducati Team Ducati 282.8 1’40.837 1.275 / 0.099
11 4 Andrea DOVIZIOSO ITA Ducati Team Ducati 284.2 1’40.884 1.322 / 0.047
12 51 Michele PIRRO ITA Ducati Test Team Ducati 282.5 1’40.902 1.340 / 0.018
13 38 Bradley SMITH GBR Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Yamaha 288.1 1’40.990 1.428 / 0.088
14 6 Stefan BRADL GER LCR Honda MotoGP Honda 287.8 1’41.053 1.491 / 0.063
15 14 Randy DE PUNIET FRA Power Electronics Aspar ART 274.1 1’41.078 1.516 / 0.025
16 9 Danilo PETRUCCI ITA Came IodaRacing Project Ioda-Suter 269.3 1’41.751 2.189 / 0.673
17 7 Hiroshi AOYAMA JPN Avintia Blusens FTR 277.4 1’41.774 2.212 / 0.023
18 71 Claudio CORTI ITA NGM Mobile Forward Racing FTR Kawasaki 273.5 1’41.790 2.228 / 0.016
19 5 Colin EDWARDS USA NGM Mobile Forward Racing FTR Kawasaki 272.8 1’42.058 2.496 / 0.268
20 68 Yonny HERNANDEZ COL Paul Bird Motorsport ART 274.5 1’42.603 3.041 / 0.545
21 67 Bryan STARING AUS GO&FUN Honda Gresini FTR Honda 270.4 1’42.606 3.044 / 0.003
22 70 Michael LAVERTY GBR Paul Bird Motorsport PBM 270.2 1’42.974 3.412 / 0.368
23 17 Karel ABRAHAM CZE Cardion AB Motoracing ART 273.5 1’43.356 3.794 / 0.382
24 52 Lukas PESEK CZE Came IodaRacing Project Ioda-Suter 273.3 1’43.403 3.841 / 0.047


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