Aleix Espargaro Sets Pace Friday at Catalunya MotoGP Practice

Aleix Espargaro Fastest Friday at Catalunya MotoGP Practice
NGM Forward Racing's Aleix Espargaro
Aleix Espargaro Fastest Friday at Catalunya MotoGP Practice
NGM Forward Racing’s Aleix Espargaro

2014 Catalunya MotoGP Friday Practice Results

Though Monster Tech3 Yamaha’s Bradley Smith was quickest in the second free practice at Catalunya MotoGP, the overall fastest rider was the top open-class rider so far this season, NGM Forward Racing’s Aleix Espargaro.

The Spaniard’s time? A 1:41.672 set with a softer rear compound tire, much faster than the FP2 times. To put this time into perspective, the best pole lap was a 1:40.893 set by Dani Pedrosa last season (Repsol Honda RC213V).

Under scorching temperatures, Smith finished FP2 with a best lap of 1:42.123, which was over a second quicker than his morning time. Joining him up front was LCR Honda’s Stefan Bradl and the reigning MotoGP Champion who won the opening six rounds from the pole, Repsol Honda’s Marc Marquez.

Next in FP2 was Movistar Yamaha MotoGP’s Jorge Lorenzo, who was 0.159 of a second off the top time. The top four were grouped closely together, but the fifth-place rider in FP2 – Aleix Espargaro – was 0.485 of a second off the top time.

Two Italians followed – Pramac Racing Ducati’s Andrea Iannone and Movistar Yamaha MotoGP’s Valentino Rossi. Iannone suffered a small crash at turn 10, but walked away unharmed.

Rounding out the top 10 were Pol Espargaro (Monster Yamaha Tech3), Dani Pedrosa (Repsol Honda Team) and Andrea Dovizioso (Ducati Team).

Nicky Hayden (Drive M7 Aspar) rode 32 laps over the course of the day as he assessed the condition of his right wrist, on which he had surgery after missing Mugello. He ended the day 19th overall.

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2014 Catalunya MotoGP FP2 Results:

138Bradley SMITHGBRMonster Yamaha Tech 3Yamaha334.61’42.123
26Stefan BRADLGERLCR Honda MotoGPHonda340.91’42.1300.007 / 0.007
393Marc MARQUEZSPARepsol Honda TeamHonda341.61’42.2740.151 / 0.144
499Jorge LORENZOSPAMovistar Yamaha MotoGPYamaha335.41’42.2820.159 / 0.008
544Pol ESPARGAROSPAMonster Yamaha Tech 3Yamaha343.61’42.6080.485 / 0.326
646Valentino ROSSIITAMovistar Yamaha MotoGPYamaha335.01’42.6290.506 / 0.021
74Andrea DOVIZIOSOITADucati TeamDucati340.41’42.8120.689 / 0.183
868Yonny HERNANDEZCOLEnergy T.I. Pramac RacingDucati336.21’42.8600.737 / 0.048
929Andrea IANNONEITAPramac RacingDucati338.91’43.0370.914 / 0.177
1026Dani PEDROSASPARepsol Honda TeamHonda338.21’43.0780.955 / 0.041
1119Alvaro BAUTISTASPAGO&FUN Honda GresiniHonda338.71’43.1601.037 / 0.082
1241Aleix ESPARGAROSPANGM Forward RacingForward Yamaha328.91’43.1981.075 / 0.038
1345Scott REDDINGGBRGO&FUN Honda GresiniHonda326.81’43.6121.489 / 0.414
1435Cal CRUTCHLOWGBRDucati TeamDucati336.71’43.7251.602 / 0.113
155Colin EDWARDSUSANGM Forward RacingForward Yamaha327.21’43.8191.696 / 0.094
1651Michele PIRROITADucati TeamDucati336.51’43.9081.785 / 0.089
178Hector BARBERASPAAvintia RacingAvintia317.61’43.9611.838 / 0.053
1869Nicky HAYDENUSADrive M7 AsparHonda322.71’44.0271.904 / 0.066
197Hiroshi AOYAMAJPNDrive M7 AsparHonda326.51’44.0961.973 / 0.069
2017Karel ABRAHAMCZECardion AB MotoracingHonda326.21’44.1252.002 / 0.029
2170Michael LAVERTYGBRPaul Bird MotorsportPBM322.61’44.5252.402 / 0.400
2223Broc PARKESAUSPaul Bird MotorsportPBM318.31’44.8522.729 / 0.327
2363Mike DI MEGLIOFRAAvintia RacingAvintia319.31’45.4823.359 / 0.630
2484Michel FABRIZIOITAOcto IodaRacing TeamART318.11’47.3295.206 / 1.847