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 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):

1 41 Aleix ESPARGARO SPA NGM Forward Racing Forward Yamaha 336.1 1’55.201
2 19 Alvaro BAUTISTA SPA GO&FUN Honda Gresini Honda 342.9 1’55.667 0.466 / 0.466
3 38 Bradley SMITH GBR Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Yamaha 337.3 1’55.816 0.615 / 0.149
4 29 Andrea IANNONE ITA Pramac Racing Ducati 345.7 1’55.996 0.795 / 0.180
5 44 Pol ESPARGARO SPA Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Yamaha 346.0 1’56.020 0.819 / 0.024
6 26 Dani PEDROSA SPA Repsol Honda Team Honda 344.0 1’56.332 1.131 / 0.312
7 46 Valentino ROSSI ITA Movistar Yamaha MotoGP Yamaha 340.4 1’56.542 1.341 / 0.210
8 5 Colin EDWARDS USA NGM Forward Racing Forward Yamaha 332.1 1’56.626 1.425 / 0.084
9 99 Jorge LORENZO SPA Movistar Yamaha MotoGP Yamaha 340.0 1’56.668 1.467 / 0.042
10 69 Nicky HAYDEN USA Drive M7 Aspar Honda 328.6 1’56.670 1.469 / 0.002
11 93 Marc MARQUEZ SPA Repsol Honda Team Honda 344.4 1’56.682 1.481 / 0.012
12 6 Stefan BRADL GER LCR Honda MotoGP Honda 342.4 1’56.726 1.525 / 0.044
13 35 Cal CRUTCHLOW GBR Ducati Team Ducati 339.7 1’57.046 1.845 / 0.320
14 4 Andrea DOVIZIOSO ITA Ducati Team Ducati 340.4 1’57.100 1.899 / 0.054
15 68 Yonny HERNANDEZ COL Energy T.I. Pramac Racing Ducati 340.8 1’57.623 2.422 / 0.523
16 17 Karel ABRAHAM CZE Cardion AB Motoracing Honda 330.0 1’57.779 2.578 / 0.156
17 7 Hiroshi AOYAMA JPN Drive M7 Aspar Honda 329.9 1’58.182 2.981 / 0.403
18 8 Hector BARBERA SPA Avintia Racing Avintia 324.6 1’58.394 3.193 / 0.212
19 45 Scott REDDING GBR GO&FUN Honda Gresini Honda 324.4 1’58.495 3.294 / 0.101
20 63 Mike DI MEGLIO FRA Avintia Racing Avintia 324.6 1’58.732 3.531 / 0.237
21 9 Danilo PETRUCCI ITA IodaRacing Project ART 327.3 1’59.321 4.120 / 0.589
22 23 Broc PARKES AUS Paul Bird Motorsport PBM 321.4 1’59.328 4.127 / 0.007
70 Michael LAVERTY GBR Paul Bird Motorsport PBM

 

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