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Espargaro on Record Pace at Assen MotoGP Thursday Practice

Espargaro on Record Pace at Assen MotoGP Thursday Practice
NGM Forward Racing’s Aleix Espargaro

2014 Assen MotoGP Thursday Practice Results

The top open-class rider so far this season, NGM Forward Racing’s Aleix Espargaro, was quickest Thursday during practice for Assen MotoGP.

The Spaniard led the morning free practice and continued this momentum into the second 45-minute session. While on a softer rear tire later in Fp2, Espargaro posted a 1:33.635 around the famed Assen TT “Cathedral” circuit, which has catered to Yamaha machinery over the years. Espargaro beat the previous 2012 record of 1:33.713 held by Casey Stoner (Repsol Honda).

The reigning MotoGP Champion Marc Marquez was second quickest, though 0.211 of a second off the top time. Marquez has been on a tear so far this season, winning the opening seven rounds.

Next up was Marquez’s Repsol Honda teammate Dani Pedrosa, who finished 0.416 of a second off the pace.

Movistar Yamaha MotoGP’s was fourth quickest, the two-time MotoGP champion 0.495 of a second off this fellow countryman’s pace. This created four Spaniards in the top-four positions.

The fastest Ducati was the Pramac Racing GP14 piloted by Andrea Iannone, who finished ahead of Monster Yamaha Tech 3’s Bradley Smith and the other factory Yamaha YZR-M1 pilot, nine-time World Champion Valentino Rossi. Iannone did have a small crash, but walked away unharmed.

As for Smith and Rossi, they finished with identical lap times that were 0.633 off the top pace.

Monster Yamaha Tech 3’s Pol Espargaro finished eighth, with LCR Honda MotoGP’s Stefan Bradl and Ducati Team’s Andrea Dovizioso rounding out the top 10.

As for injured riders, Drive My Aspar’s Nicky Hayden finished 17th while battling wrist problems, and Danilo Petrucci (IodaRacng Project) returned to racing since Jerez following his wrist injury.

The riders will return Friday to Assen for another two practice sessions and qualifying ahead of Saturday’s Assen TT.

2014 Assen MotoGP Free Practice 2 Results:

Pos. Num. Rider Nation Team Bike Km/h Time Gap 1st/Prev.
1 41 Aleix ESPARGARO SPA NGM Forward Racing Forward Yamaha 301.2 1’33.653
2 93 Marc MARQUEZ SPA Repsol Honda Team Honda 307.7 1’33.864 0.211 / 0.211
3 26 Dani PEDROSA SPA Repsol Honda Team Honda 310.9 1’34.069 0.416 / 0.205
4 99 Jorge LORENZO SPA Movistar Yamaha MotoGP Yamaha 306.8 1’34.148 0.495 / 0.079
5 29 Andrea IANNONE ITA Pramac Racing Ducati 307.5 1’34.277 0.624 / 0.129
6 38 Bradley SMITH GBR Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Yamaha 310.3 1’34.286 0.633 / 0.009
7 46 Valentino ROSSI ITA Movistar Yamaha MotoGP Yamaha 305.6 1’34.286 0.633
8 44 Pol ESPARGARO SPA Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Yamaha 308.0 1’34.408 0.755 / 0.122
9 6 Stefan BRADL GER LCR Honda MotoGP Honda 308.5 1’34.457 0.804 / 0.049
10 4 Andrea DOVIZIOSO ITA Ducati Team Ducati 310.5 1’34.460 0.807 / 0.003
11 19 Alvaro BAUTISTA SPA GO&FUN Honda Gresini Honda 308.1 1’34.466 0.813 / 0.006
12 45 Scott REDDING GBR GO&FUN Honda Gresini Honda 292.9 1’35.445 1.792 / 0.979
13 35 Cal CRUTCHLOW GBR Ducati Team Ducati 305.7 1’35.469 1.816 / 0.024
14 68 Yonny HERNANDEZ COL Energy T.I. Pramac Racing Ducati 305.7 1’35.537 1.884 / 0.068
15 5 Colin EDWARDS USA NGM Forward Racing Forward Yamaha 298.8 1’35.590 1.937 / 0.053
16 7 Hiroshi AOYAMA JPN Drive M7 Aspar Honda 298.6 1’35.787 2.134 / 0.197
17 69 Nicky HAYDEN USA Drive M7 Aspar Honda 293.0 1’35.891 2.238 / 0.104
18 17 Karel ABRAHAM CZE Cardion AB Motoracing Honda 296.4 1’35.925 2.272 / 0.034
19 23 Broc PARKES AUS Paul Bird Motorsport PBM 289.5 1’36.046 2.393 / 0.121
20 8 Hector BARBERA SPA Avintia Racing Avintia 295.4 1’36.270 2.617 / 0.224
21 70 Michael LAVERTY GBR Paul Bird Motorsport PBM 294.2 1’36.280 2.627 / 0.010
22 9 Danilo PETRUCCI ITA Octo IodaRacing Team ART 289.4 1’36.657 3.004 / 0.377
23 63 Mike DI MEGLIO FRA Avintia Racing Avintia 292.8 1’36.724 3.071 / 0.067

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