2014 Indy MotoGP Friday Practice | Marquez Sets Pace…Again

2014 Indy MotoGP Friday Practice | Marquez Sets the Pace
Repsol Honda's Marc Marquez

2014 Indy MotoGP Friday Practice Results

As the 23-rider MotoGP grid headed to American for the Red Bull Indianapolis Grand Prix, each rider knew challenges lay ahead.

Not only the obstacle of the young sensation Marc Marquez, but also a new layout at Indianapolis Motor Speedway that provides harder braking zones and additional areas for passing opportunities.

The 16-turn circuit is now 2.591 miles compared to 2.621 in the previous editions since MotoGP competition began there in 2008. This shortness arrives from a reconfiguration of turns 3, 4, 7, 15 and 16, which are now “more uniform” with a smoother racing surface.

With this in mind, the grid set out Friday morning for the first of four free practices. And as the riders began tuning their prototypes in Free Practice 1, one rider was constantly at the top of the time sheets – Movistar Yamaha MotoGP’s Valentino Rossi.

The nine-time World Champion, who won the inaugural Indy MotoGP in 2008, ended FP1 with the top time – a 1:34.535. The Italian was followed closely by Monster Yamaha Tech 3’s Bradley Smith and Pramac Racing Ducati’s Andrea Iannone.

But things changed drastically in the second and final Friday 45-minute practice session when Marquez dialed in his Repsol Honda RC213V. The 21-year-old Spaniard was able to outpace the grid with a top lap of 1:32.882 – nearly two seconds quicker than Rossi’s top FP1 time.

This was no surprise for Marquez, who won at Indy the past three years. And he has been on a complete tear this season, winning the opening nine rounds – a feat not accomplished since Giacomo Agostini in 1970.

Marquez wasn’t quick the entire sessions. He put in his hot laps during the final moments of FP2, eventually finishing 1.5 seconds quicker than his morning time. He was followed 0.222 of a second behind by Iannone – who will ride for factory Ducati next year – and Movistar Yamaha MotoGP’s Jorge Lorenzo.

The two-time MotoGP Champion Lorenzo, who won at Indy in 2009, trailed by 0.542 of a second. The other big news of the Red Bull Indianapolis Grand Prix arrived Thursday when Yamaha confirmed Lorenzo will ride the factory YZR-M1 for another two years.

Next up were two riders who had podium results in the opening nine rounds so far in 2014 MotoGP, Ducati Team’s Andrea Dovizioso and Marquez’s teammate Dani Pedrosa. Dovi trailed by 0.550 of a second, and Pedrosa by 0.611.

Rounding out the top 10 were LCR Honda’s Stefan Bradl, Energy T.I. Pramac Racing Ducati’s Yonny Hernandez, NGM Forward Racing’s Aleix Espargaro, Rossi, and Smith.

The injured Nicky Hayden watched on as his substitute rider Leon Camier put in a positive performance on the Drive M7 Aspar. Learning a new track on a bike with new tires and brakes, Camier was able to knock more than 3.5 seconds off his FP1 time. But, unfortunately, he finished dead last in 23rd, 3.512 seconds off his top time.

As for the other American, the retiring Colin Edwards was 16th quickest in FP2, 2.112 of a second off the top time.

The riders return to Indy Saturday for two additional practice sessions ahead of qualifying. Fox Sports 1 will broadcast qualifying highlights at 3 a.m. ET Sunday, Aug. 10.

For a preview of round 10, visit 2014 Indy MotoGP Preview.

Photos by Ara Ashjian

2014 Indy MotoGP Free Practice 2 Results:

193Marc MARQUEZSPARepsol Honda TeamHonda340.61’32.882
229Andrea IANNONEITAPramac RacingDucati339.71’33.1040.222 / 0.222
399Jorge LORENZOSPAMovistar Yamaha MotoGPYamaha336.71’33.4240.542 / 0.320
44Andrea DOVIZIOSOITADucati TeamDucati339.41’33.4320.550 / 0.008
526Dani PEDROSASPARepsol Honda TeamHonda340.21’33.4930.611 / 0.061
66Stefan BRADLGERLCR Honda MotoGPHonda340.41’33.5130.631 / 0.020
768Yonny HERNANDEZCOLEnergy T.I. Pramac RacingDucati339.91’33.5310.649 / 0.018
841Aleix ESPARGAROSPANGM Forward RacingForward Yamaha331.91’33.5870.705 / 0.056
946Valentino ROSSIITAMovistar Yamaha MotoGPYamaha338.01’33.5980.716 / 0.011
1038Bradley SMITHGBRMonster Yamaha Tech 3Yamaha338.81’33.6210.739 / 0.023
1144Pol ESPARGAROSPAMonster Yamaha Tech 3Yamaha339.31’33.6900.808 / 0.069
1245Scott REDDINGGBRGO&FUN Honda GresiniHonda323.51’33.9711.089 / 0.281
1335Cal CRUTCHLOWGBRDucati TeamDucati338.41’33.9961.114 / 0.025
1419Alvaro BAUTISTASPAGO&FUN Honda GresiniHonda342.51’34.0541.172 / 0.058
1517Karel ABRAHAMCZECardion AB MotoracingHonda323.91’34.9122.030 / 0.858
165Colin EDWARDSUSANGM Forward RacingForward Yamaha336.81’34.9942.112 / 0.082
177Hiroshi AOYAMAJPNDrive M7 AsparHonda330.21’35.1062.224 / 0.112
188Hector BARBERASPAAvintia RacingAvintia322.01’35.2312.349 / 0.125
1970Michael LAVERTYGBRPaul Bird MotorsportPBM324.41’35.4722.590 / 0.241
209Danilo PETRUCCIITAOcto IodaRacing TeamART320.01’35.7212.839 / 0.249
2163Mike DI MEGLIOFRAAvintia RacingAvintia320.91’35.7492.867 / 0.028
2223Broc PARKESAUSPaul Bird MotorsportPBM319.01’35.9413.059 / 0.192
232Leon CAMIERGBRDrive M7 AsparHonda318.31’36.3943.512 / 0.453