2014 Indianapolis MotoGP FP1 Result: New Surface Suits Rossi Fine

Valentino Rossi found something to like at the first free practice on the newly resurfaced Indianapolis Motor Speedway Friday morning. Rossi’s 1’34.535 put him three-hundredths clear of Bradley Smith who, like Rossi, saved his fastest lap for the end of the humid session. Andrea Iannone, who had topped the timesheet with one minute to go, was relegated to third in the tightly bunched field

Pol Espargaro managed fourth, slightly more than one-tenth of a second behind the leader. Marc Marquez, who held a dominant lead midway through FP1, found himself pushed into fifth at the session's end, slightly faster than Jorge Lorenzo (6th) who sits half a second shy of his teammate.

Nearly all of the riders set times significantly faster than last year. Not only was the infield track resurfaced, it also was slightly redesigned to add flow and better connect the corners. The result shaved roughly three seconds a lap on average.

Rossi led much of the early session only to be supplanted by Marquez with a little less than half the session remaining. With seven minutes to go, Rossi lagged six-tenths behind the championship leader with Lorenzo nearly a full second back.

Then Rossi struck, dropping his lap times into the high 1'34s and grabbing the top spot. But he held it only briefly as Iannone's answer of a 1'34.579 put him in the lead. The time appeared likely to stick until the session's final lap when both Rossi and Smith grabbed the top two spots at the checkered flag while Marquez could find no improvement.

Results:

Pos. No. Rider Bike Time Diff. / Prev.
1 46 Valentino ROSSI Yamaha 1'34.535  
2 38 Bradley SMITH Yamaha 1'34.569 0.034 / 0.034
3 29 Andrea IANNONE Ducati 1'34.579 0.044 / 0.010
4 44 Pol ESPARGARO Yamaha 1'34.678 0.143 / 0.099
5 93 Marc MARQUEZ Honda 1'34.885 0.350 / 0.207
6 99 Jorge LORENZO Yamaha 1'35.084 0.549 / 0.199
7 45 Scott REDDING Honda 1'35.122 0.587 / 0.038
8 41 Aleix ESPARGARO Forward Yamaha 1'35.283 0.748 / 0.161
9 4 Andrea DOVIZIOSO Ducati 1'35.445 0.910 / 0.162
10 68 Yonny HERNANDEZ Ducati 1'35.501 0.966 / 0.056
11 5 Colin EDWARDS Forward Yamaha 1'35.743 1.208 / 0.242
12 35 Cal CRUTCHLOW Ducati 1'35.935 1.400 / 0.192
13 7 Hiroshi AOYAMA Honda 1'35.953 1.418 / 0.018
14 6 Stefan BRADL Honda 1'35.972 1.437 / 0.019
15 17 Karel ABRAHAM Honda 1'35.995 1.460 / 0.023
16 26 Dani PEDROSA Honda 1'36.419 1.884 / 0.424
17 19 Alvaro BAUTISTA Honda 1'36.436 1.901 / 0.017
18 8 Hector BARBERA Avintia 1'36.444 1.909 / 0.008
19 23 Broc PARKES PBM 1'36.445 1.910 / 0.001
20 9 Danilo PETRUCCI ART 1'36.837 2.302 / 0.392
21 70 Michael LAVERTY PBM 1'38.399 3.864 / 1.562
22 63 Mike DI MEGLIO Avintia 1'38.405 3.870 / 0.006
23 2 Leon CAMIER Honda 1'39.962 5.427 / 1.557

 

Race Details
Round Number: 
10
2014

Comments

Redding being only half a

Redding being only half a second off shows what an odd session this was, later today and tomorrow should be business as usual.

Total votes: 11

4.5 secs quicker so far

I think they'll obviously get faster since the production Hondas are relatively close

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