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 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:

1 93 Marc MARQUEZ SPA Repsol Honda Team Honda 333.6 2’04.704
2 41 Aleix ESPARGARO SPA NGM Forward Racing Forward Yamaha 317.6 2’05.591 0.887 / 0.887
3 26 Dani PEDROSA SPA Repsol Honda Team Honda 334.2 2’05.676 0.972 / 0.085
4 46 Valentino ROSSI ITA Movistar Yamaha MotoGP Yamaha 330.9 2’05.972 1.268 / 0.296
5 4 Andrea DOVIZIOSO ITA Ducati Team Ducati 336.1 2’06.279 1.575 / 0.307
6 38 Bradley SMITH GBR Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Yamaha 324.9 2’06.336 1.632 / 0.057
7 35 Cal CRUTCHLOW GBR Ducati Team Ducati 334.1 2’06.433 1.729 / 0.097
8 6 Stefan BRADL GER LCR Honda MotoGP Honda 334.8 2’06.537 1.833 / 0.104
9 29 Andrea IANNONE ITA Pramac Racing Ducati 331.7 2’06.602 1.898 / 0.065
10 19 Alvaro BAUTISTA SPA GO&FUN Honda Gresini Honda 334.0 2’06.633 1.929 / 0.031
11 44 Pol ESPARGARO SPA Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Yamaha 327.6 2’06.680 1.976 / 0.047
12 99 Jorge LORENZO SPA Movistar Yamaha MotoGP Yamaha 329.8 2’06.771 2.067 / 0.091
13 69 Nicky HAYDEN USA Drive M7 Aspar Honda 314.6 2’07.450 2.746 / 0.679
14 5 Colin EDWARDS USA NGM Forward Racing Forward Yamaha 317.4 2’07.644 2.940 / 0.194
15 68 Yonny HERNANDEZ COL Energy T.I. Pramac Racing Ducati 325.6 2’07.689 2.985 / 0.045
16 17 Karel ABRAHAM CZE Cardion AB Motoracing Honda 314.6 2’07.702 2.998 / 0.013
17 8 Hector BARBERA SPA Avintia Racing Avintia 315.3 2’08.150 3.446 / 0.448
18 7 Hiroshi AOYAMA JPN Drive M7 Aspar Honda 319.7 2’08.455 3.751 / 0.305
19 45 Scott REDDING GBR GO&FUN Honda Gresini Honda 311.8 2’08.588 3.884 / 0.133
20 9 Danilo PETRUCCI ITA IodaRacing Project ART 314.5 2’09.646 4.942 / 1.058
21 70 Michael LAVERTY GBR Paul Bird Motorsport PBM 311.4 2’10.206 5.502 / 0.560
22 23 Broc PARKES AUS Paul Bird Motorsport PBM 305.3 2’10.493 5.789 / 0.287
23 63 Mike DI MEGLIO FRA Avintia Racing Avintia 314.1 2’11.100 6.396 / 0.607

 

 

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