Aleix Espargaro Sets Pace Friday at Catalunya MotoGP Practice

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:

1 38 Bradley SMITH GBR Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Yamaha 334.6 1’42.123
2 6 Stefan BRADL GER LCR Honda MotoGP Honda 340.9 1’42.130 0.007 / 0.007
3 93 Marc MARQUEZ SPA Repsol Honda Team Honda 341.6 1’42.274 0.151 / 0.144
4 99 Jorge LORENZO SPA Movistar Yamaha MotoGP Yamaha 335.4 1’42.282 0.159 / 0.008
5 44 Pol ESPARGARO SPA Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Yamaha 343.6 1’42.608 0.485 / 0.326
6 46 Valentino ROSSI ITA Movistar Yamaha MotoGP Yamaha 335.0 1’42.629 0.506 / 0.021
7 4 Andrea DOVIZIOSO ITA Ducati Team Ducati 340.4 1’42.812 0.689 / 0.183
8 68 Yonny HERNANDEZ COL Energy T.I. Pramac Racing Ducati 336.2 1’42.860 0.737 / 0.048
9 29 Andrea IANNONE ITA Pramac Racing Ducati 338.9 1’43.037 0.914 / 0.177
10 26 Dani PEDROSA SPA Repsol Honda Team Honda 338.2 1’43.078 0.955 / 0.041
11 19 Alvaro BAUTISTA SPA GO&FUN Honda Gresini Honda 338.7 1’43.160 1.037 / 0.082
12 41 Aleix ESPARGARO SPA NGM Forward Racing Forward Yamaha 328.9 1’43.198 1.075 / 0.038
13 45 Scott REDDING GBR GO&FUN Honda Gresini Honda 326.8 1’43.612 1.489 / 0.414
14 35 Cal CRUTCHLOW GBR Ducati Team Ducati 336.7 1’43.725 1.602 / 0.113
15 5 Colin EDWARDS USA NGM Forward Racing Forward Yamaha 327.2 1’43.819 1.696 / 0.094
16 51 Michele PIRRO ITA Ducati Team Ducati 336.5 1’43.908 1.785 / 0.089
17 8 Hector BARBERA SPA Avintia Racing Avintia 317.6 1’43.961 1.838 / 0.053
18 69 Nicky HAYDEN USA Drive M7 Aspar Honda 322.7 1’44.027 1.904 / 0.066
19 7 Hiroshi AOYAMA JPN Drive M7 Aspar Honda 326.5 1’44.096 1.973 / 0.069
20 17 Karel ABRAHAM CZE Cardion AB Motoracing Honda 326.2 1’44.125 2.002 / 0.029
21 70 Michael LAVERTY GBR Paul Bird Motorsport PBM 322.6 1’44.525 2.402 / 0.400
22 23 Broc PARKES AUS Paul Bird Motorsport PBM 318.3 1’44.852 2.729 / 0.327
23 63 Mike DI MEGLIO FRA Avintia Racing Avintia 319.3 1’45.482 3.359 / 0.630
24 84 Michel FABRIZIO ITA Octo IodaRacing Team ART 318.1 1’47.329 5.206 / 1.847

 

 

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