2014 MotoGP FP1 / FP2 Results from Termas de Rio Hondo
The 2014 MotoGP grid completed Friday its first official sessions at Argentina’s Termas de Rio Hondo, the circuit that is hosting round 3.
The man who struggled throughout the first two rounds – Movistar Yamaha MotoGP’s Jorge Lorenzo – led the opening free practice session, posting a 1:42.804 around the 2.986-mile circuit containing 14 corners.
This was an impressive lap at Termas de Rio Hondo, but as expected, things got quicker in the second free practice – much quicker. And it’s no surprise who was fastest – reigning MotoGP Champion Marc Marquez, who is riding nine weeks after breaking his right leg in a dirt-track training crash.
The 21-year-old Spaniard, who is known for learning circuits quickly following his first premier-class win last season at the debut of Circuit of the Americas, posted a best lap of 1:39.313.
And this lap was untouchable; Marquez, who won the opening rounds at Qatar and Circuit of the Americas, was 1.083 seconds quicker than teammate Dani Pedrosa. Taking the third quickest time in FP2 was the top Open-class rider, NGM Forward Racing’s Aleix Espargaro, who trailed Marquez by 1.253 seconds.
Germany’s Stefan Bradl took the top satellite time, placing his LCR Honda in the fourth-quickest spot, 1.578 seconds behind the leader.
Ducati Team’s Andrea Dovizioso, who gave the Italian manufacturer its first podium in a dry race at Circuit of the Americas two weeks ago, was fifth quickest. The Italian’s GP14 was 1.729 seconds of the top pace.
The Monster Yamaha Tech3 duo of Bradley Smith and Pol Espargaro finished Fp2 in sixth and seventh, respectively. They were followed by the usually fast Factory Yamaha YZR-M1 prototypes of Valentino Rossi and Jorge Lorenzo.
The Movistar Yamaha MotoGP pilots struggled with correct setup at Termas de Rio Hondo, and were over two seconds off the pace.
Pramac Racing Ducati’s Andrea Iannone, who took seventh at Circuit of the Amercias – his best-ever MotoGP finish – completed the top 10. Iannone completed the feat after walking away from a high-speed crash at turn five earlier in the second free practice session.
As for the Americans, NGM Forward Racing’s Colin Edwards was 14th, 3.035 seconds off the top time, and Drive M7 Aspar Honda’s Nicky Hayden was 15th, 3.308 back.
The 23-rider MotoGP grid will return to Termas de Rio Hondo on Saturday for the final free practices ahead of qualifying.
For a preview of the round, visit 2014 Argentina MotoGP Preview.
2014 Argentina MotoGP FP2 Results from Termas de Rio Hondo:
|1||93||Marc MARQUEZ||SPA||Repsol Honda Team||Honda||325.0||1’39.313|
|2||26||Dani PEDROSA||SPA||Repsol Honda Team||Honda||325.5||1’40.396||1.083 / 1.083|
|3||41||Aleix ESPARGARO||SPA||NGM Forward Racing||Forward Yamaha||320.3||1’40.566||1.253 / 0.170|
|4||6||Stefan BRADL||GER||LCR Honda MotoGP||Honda||325.8||1’40.891||1.578 / 0.325|
|5||4||Andrea DOVIZIOSO||ITA||Ducati Team||Ducati||328.4||1’41.042||1.729 / 0.151|
|6||38||Bradley SMITH||GBR||Monster Yamaha Tech 3||Yamaha||323.8||1’41.303||1.990 / 0.261|
|7||44||Pol ESPARGARO||SPA||Monster Yamaha Tech 3||Yamaha||321.8||1’41.368||2.055 / 0.065|
|8||46||Valentino ROSSI||ITA||Movistar Yamaha MotoGP||Yamaha||322.5||1’41.395||2.082 / 0.027|
|9||99||Jorge LORENZO||SPA||Movistar Yamaha MotoGP||Yamaha||323.8||1’41.533||2.220 / 0.138|
|10||29||Andrea IANNONE||ITA||Pramac Racing||Ducati||323.9||1’41.924||2.611 / 0.391|
|11||19||Alvaro BAUTISTA||SPA||GO&FUN Honda Gresini||Honda||325.8||1’42.029||2.716 / 0.105|
|12||68||Yonny HERNANDEZ||COL||Energy T.I. Pramac Racing||Ducati||320.2||1’42.128||2.815 / 0.099|
|13||17||Karel ABRAHAM||CZE||Cardion AB Motoracing||Honda||317.2||1’42.348||3.035 / 0.220|
|14||5||Colin EDWARDS||USA||NGM Forward Racing||Forward Yamaha||312.5||1’42.608||3.295 / 0.260|
|15||69||Nicky HAYDEN||USA||Drive M7 Aspar||Honda||311.0||1’42.621||3.308 / 0.013|
|16||8||Hector BARBERA||SPA||Avintia Racing||Avintia||308.1||1’42.739||3.426 / 0.118|
|17||23||Broc PARKES||AUS||Paul Bird Motorsport||PBM||301.6||1’42.827||3.514 / 0.088|
|18||51||Michele PIRRO||ITA||Ducati Team||Ducati||318.3||1’42.898||3.585 / 0.071|
|19||9||Danilo PETRUCCI||ITA||IodaRacing Project||ART||306.6||1’43.106||3.793 / 0.208|
|20||63||Mike DI MEGLIO||FRA||Avintia Racing||Avintia||309.2||1’43.125||3.812 / 0.019|
|21||70||Michael LAVERTY||GBR||Paul Bird Motorsport||PBM||306.5||1’43.151||3.838 / 0.026|
|22||45||Scott REDDING||GBR||GO&FUN Honda Gresini||Honda||307.3||1’43.165||3.852 / 0.014|
|23||7||Hiroshi AOYAMA||JPN||Drive M7 Aspar||Honda||311.0||1’43.347||4.034 / 0.182|