2014 Austin MotoGP FP1 Results – Repsol Honda’s Marquez Untouchable

2014 Austin MotoGP FP1 Results - Repsol Honda’s Marquez Untouchable
Repsol Honda's Marc Marquez at COTA (photo by Ara Ashjian)
2014 Austin MotoGP FP1 Results - Repsol Honda’s Marquez Untouchable
Repsol Honda’s Marc Marquez at COTA (photo by Ara Ashjian)

2014 Circuit of the Americas MotoGP FP1

Repsol Honda’s Marc Marquez continues to impress. The 21-year-old Spaniard won the opening round of 2014 MotoGP at Qatar six weeks after breaking his leg, and continued this performance Friday into round 2 at Austin’s Circuit of the America.

The reigning MotoGP Champion was quickest during the first free practice Friday, posting a 2:04.704 around 3.426-mile circuit containing 20 corners.

This is no surprise for Marquez, who took his first premier-class win last year during COTA’s debut MotoGP race. En route, he also took the pole and set the fastest lap of 2:03.21.

Marquez finished FP1 0.887 of a second ahead of Open-option rider Aleix Espargaro aboard the NGM Forward Racing Yamaha. The next closest rider, and final one to post within a second of Marquez, was his factory teammate Dani Pedrosa, who was 0.972 of a second behind.

The three Spaniards were followed by two Italians -Movistar Yamaha MotoGP’s Valentino Rossi and Ducati Team’s Andrea Dovizioso, respectively. Rossi trailed by 1.268 of a second, and Dovi by 1.575.

Finishing sixth was Monster Yamaha Tech3’s Bradley Smith, who was 1.632 of a second off the top time.

Though Ducati Team’s Cal Crutchlow suffered some technical issues aboard his GP14, which runs under the Open option, he finished seventh

LCR Honda’s Stefan Bradl, Pramac Racing Ducati’s Andrea Iannone, and GO&FUN Honda Gresini’s Alvaro Bautista rounded out the top 10. Like Crutchlow, Bautista also suffer some technical issues, and would later return on his second RC213V prototype.

As for two-time MotoGP Champion Jorge Lorenzo, the Movistar Yamaha MotoGP rider’s YZR-M1 was more than two seconds off the top time as he continues to struggle with edge grip.

American Nicky Hayden (Drive M7 Aspar Honda) was 2.746 seconds off the top time, followed by his compatriot, the retiring Colin Edwards (NGM Forward Racing Yamaha), who was 2.940 seconds behind Marquez.

The riders will return to COTA for the second and final free practice of Friday.

2014 Austin MotoGP Free Practice 1 Results – Circuit of the Americas:

193Marc MARQUEZSPARepsol Honda TeamHonda333.62’04.704
241Aleix ESPARGAROSPANGM Forward RacingForward Yamaha317.62’05.5910.887 / 0.887
326Dani PEDROSASPARepsol Honda TeamHonda334.22’05.6760.972 / 0.085
446Valentino ROSSIITAMovistar Yamaha MotoGPYamaha330.92’05.9721.268 / 0.296
54Andrea DOVIZIOSOITADucati TeamDucati336.12’06.2791.575 / 0.307
638Bradley SMITHGBRMonster Yamaha Tech 3Yamaha324.92’06.3361.632 / 0.057
735Cal CRUTCHLOWGBRDucati TeamDucati334.12’06.4331.729 / 0.097
86Stefan BRADLGERLCR Honda MotoGPHonda334.82’06.5371.833 / 0.104
929Andrea IANNONEITAPramac RacingDucati331.72’06.6021.898 / 0.065
1019Alvaro BAUTISTASPAGO&FUN Honda GresiniHonda334.02’06.6331.929 / 0.031
1144Pol ESPARGAROSPAMonster Yamaha Tech 3Yamaha327.62’06.6801.976 / 0.047
1299Jorge LORENZOSPAMovistar Yamaha MotoGPYamaha329.82’06.7712.067 / 0.091
1369Nicky HAYDENUSADrive M7 AsparHonda314.62’07.4502.746 / 0.679
145Colin EDWARDSUSANGM Forward RacingForward Yamaha317.42’07.6442.940 / 0.194
1568Yonny HERNANDEZCOLEnergy T.I. Pramac RacingDucati325.62’07.6892.985 / 0.045
1617Karel ABRAHAMCZECardion AB MotoracingHonda314.62’07.7022.998 / 0.013
178Hector BARBERASPAAvintia RacingAvintia315.32’08.1503.446 / 0.448
187Hiroshi AOYAMAJPNDrive M7 AsparHonda319.72’08.4553.751 / 0.305
1945Scott REDDINGGBRGO&FUN Honda GresiniHonda311.82’08.5883.884 / 0.133
209Danilo PETRUCCIITAIodaRacing ProjectART314.52’09.6464.942 / 1.058
2170Michael LAVERTYGBRPaul Bird MotorsportPBM311.42’10.2065.502 / 0.560
2223Broc PARKESAUSPaul Bird MotorsportPBM305.32’10.4935.789 / 0.287
2363Mike DI MEGLIOFRAAvintia RacingAvintia314.12’11.1006.396 / 0.607