2014 Argentina MotoGP Friday Practice Results | Marquez Quickest

2014 Argentina MotoGP Friday Practice Results | Marquez Quickest
Repsol Honda's Marc Marquez at Termas de Rio Hondo. Yep, he was quickest Friday!
2014 Argentina MotoGP Friday Practice Results | Marquez Quickest
Repsol Honda’s Marc Marquez at Termas de Rio Hondo. Yep, he was quickest Friday!

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:

193Marc MARQUEZSPARepsol Honda TeamHonda325.01’39.313
226Dani PEDROSASPARepsol Honda TeamHonda325.51’40.3961.083 / 1.083
341Aleix ESPARGAROSPANGM Forward RacingForward Yamaha320.31’40.5661.253 / 0.170
46Stefan BRADLGERLCR Honda MotoGPHonda325.81’40.8911.578 / 0.325
54Andrea DOVIZIOSOITADucati TeamDucati328.41’41.0421.729 / 0.151
638Bradley SMITHGBRMonster Yamaha Tech 3Yamaha323.81’41.3031.990 / 0.261
744Pol ESPARGAROSPAMonster Yamaha Tech 3Yamaha321.81’41.3682.055 / 0.065
846Valentino ROSSIITAMovistar Yamaha MotoGPYamaha322.51’41.3952.082 / 0.027
999Jorge LORENZOSPAMovistar Yamaha MotoGPYamaha323.81’41.5332.220 / 0.138
1029Andrea IANNONEITAPramac RacingDucati323.91’41.9242.611 / 0.391
1119Alvaro BAUTISTASPAGO&FUN Honda GresiniHonda325.81’42.0292.716 / 0.105
1268Yonny HERNANDEZCOLEnergy T.I. Pramac RacingDucati320.21’42.1282.815 / 0.099
1317Karel ABRAHAMCZECardion AB MotoracingHonda317.21’42.3483.035 / 0.220
145Colin EDWARDSUSANGM Forward RacingForward Yamaha312.51’42.6083.295 / 0.260
1569Nicky HAYDENUSADrive M7 AsparHonda311.01’42.6213.308 / 0.013
168Hector BARBERASPAAvintia RacingAvintia308.11’42.7393.426 / 0.118
1723Broc PARKESAUSPaul Bird MotorsportPBM301.61’42.8273.514 / 0.088
1851Michele PIRROITADucati TeamDucati318.31’42.8983.585 / 0.071
199Danilo PETRUCCIITAIodaRacing ProjectART306.61’43.1063.793 / 0.208
2063Mike DI MEGLIOFRAAvintia RacingAvintia309.21’43.1253.812 / 0.019
2170Michael LAVERTYGBRPaul Bird MotorsportPBM306.51’43.1513.838 / 0.026
2245Scott REDDINGGBRGO&FUN Honda GresiniHonda307.31’43.1653.852 / 0.014
237Hiroshi AOYAMAJPNDrive M7 AsparHonda311.01’43.3474.034 / 0.182