2014 Qatar MotoGP FP1 Results | Aleix Espargaro Fastest

2014 Qatar MotoGP FP1 Results | Aleix Espargaro Fastest
NGM Forward Racing Yamaha's Alexi Espargaro at Qatar MotoGP FP1
2014 Qatar MotoGP FP1 Results | Aleix Espargaro Fastest
NGM Forward Racing Yamaha’s Alexi Espargaro at Qatar MotoGP FP1

2014 Qatar MotoGP FP 1 Results

The first free practice of the 2014 MotoGP Championship completed Thursday at Qatar’s Losail International Circuit.

And as the 23-rider grid began tuning their perspective Open- and Factory-option machines for 2014 Qatar MotoGP, the usual top Factory runners were down on the time sheets. Instead, the top-five FP1 finishers all participated in the Qatar test that only featured Open-option riders.

Leading the 45-minute session was the Open rider who was fastest in his class throughout the preseason – NGM Forward Racing’s Aleix Espargaro.

He piloted his Yamaha YZR-M1 to a 1:55.201 around the 3.34-mile circuit containing 16 corners that enters its 11th season on the MotoGP calendar. To put this time into perspective, the Fastest Lap (on qualifying tires) was a 1:53.927 posted by Jorge Lorenzo in 2008.

Espargaro was 0.3 of a second his quickest time during Qatar testing, but still led the grid by almost a half of second. Arriving 0.466 of a second back was GO&FUN Honda Gresini’s Alvaro Bautista. Third quickest was Monster Yamaha Tech 3’s Bradley Smith, who was 0.615 of a second back.

The final final two riders to post within a second of Espargaro were Andrea Iannone on the Pramac Racing Ducati GP14 and the other Monster Yamaha Tech 3 pilot, Pol Espargaro, who broke his shoulder 10 days ago at the same circuit during preseason testing. Iannone was 0.795 of a second back, and Pol 0.819 of a second back.

The top factory rider in FP1 was Repsol Honda’s Dani Pedrosa, who trailed Aleix Espargaro by 1.131. He was followed by Movistar Yamaha MotoGP’s Valentino Rossi.

Rounding out the top 10 were Aleix’s teammate Colin Edwards, Rossi’s teammate Jorge Lorenzo and Drive M7 Aspar Honda’s Nicky Hayden. As for the Ducati Team GP14 riders, Andrea Dovizioso finished 13th, 1.845 seconds behind Aleix, and Cal Crutchlow 14th, 1.899 back.

The reigning MotoGP Champion was next. Riding after breaking his right leg exactly six weeks ago, Marc Marquez piloted his RC213V to the 11th quickest position, 1.481 seconds off the top time.

In other crash news, Energy T.I. Pramc Racing Ducati’s Yonny Hernandez finished 15th and went for a scan after walking away from a turn 16 crash which caused a brief red crash due to track debris, MotoGP reports.

The riders will return to the Losail Circuit Friday for the second and third free practices. And of course, with the new practice/qualifying sessions implemented last year, practice is extremely important considering the top 10 riders in practice automatically enter Qualifying 2.

2014 Qatar MotoGP Free Practice 1 Results (#, Position, Name, Country, Team, Bike, Gap, Best Lap Time, Speed):

141Aleix ESPARGAROSPANGM Forward RacingForward Yamaha336.11’55.201
219Alvaro BAUTISTASPAGO&FUN Honda GresiniHonda342.91’55.6670.466 / 0.466
338Bradley SMITHGBRMonster Yamaha Tech 3Yamaha337.31’55.8160.615 / 0.149
429Andrea IANNONEITAPramac RacingDucati345.71’55.9960.795 / 0.180
544Pol ESPARGAROSPAMonster Yamaha Tech 3Yamaha346.01’56.0200.819 / 0.024
626Dani PEDROSASPARepsol Honda TeamHonda344.01’56.3321.131 / 0.312
746Valentino ROSSIITAMovistar Yamaha MotoGPYamaha340.41’56.5421.341 / 0.210
85Colin EDWARDSUSANGM Forward RacingForward Yamaha332.11’56.6261.425 / 0.084
999Jorge LORENZOSPAMovistar Yamaha MotoGPYamaha340.01’56.6681.467 / 0.042
1069Nicky HAYDENUSADrive M7 AsparHonda328.61’56.6701.469 / 0.002
1193Marc MARQUEZSPARepsol Honda TeamHonda344.41’56.6821.481 / 0.012
126Stefan BRADLGERLCR Honda MotoGPHonda342.41’56.7261.525 / 0.044
1335Cal CRUTCHLOWGBRDucati TeamDucati339.71’57.0461.845 / 0.320
144Andrea DOVIZIOSOITADucati TeamDucati340.41’57.1001.899 / 0.054
1568Yonny HERNANDEZCOLEnergy T.I. Pramac RacingDucati340.81’57.6232.422 / 0.523
1617Karel ABRAHAMCZECardion AB MotoracingHonda330.01’57.7792.578 / 0.156
177Hiroshi AOYAMAJPNDrive M7 AsparHonda329.91’58.1822.981 / 0.403
188Hector BARBERASPAAvintia RacingAvintia324.61’58.3943.193 / 0.212
1945Scott REDDINGGBRGO&FUN Honda GresiniHonda324.41’58.4953.294 / 0.101
2063Mike DI MEGLIOFRAAvintia RacingAvintia324.61’58.7323.531 / 0.237
219Danilo PETRUCCIITAIodaRacing ProjectART327.31’59.3214.120 / 0.589
2223Broc PARKESAUSPaul Bird MotorsportPBM321.41’59.3284.127 / 0.007
70Michael LAVERTYGBRPaul Bird MotorsportPBM