Motorcycle Racing News MotoGP 2014 Argentina MotoGP Friday Practice Results | Marquez Quickest

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 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

Ron Lieback
Ron Lieback
One of the few moto journalists based on the East Coast, Ron Lieback joined the motorcycle industry as a freelancer in 2007, and is currently Online Editor at Ultimate Motorcycling.

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