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Dani Pedrosa led the third session of free practice at Jerez for the MotoGP class, the Repsol Honda rider showing promise at a track he has been so strong at throughout his career. Pedrosa took top slot towards the end of the session, deposing Jorge Lorenzo and pushing the Movistar Yamaha rider down into 2nd. Marc Marquez follows in third, while Valentino Rossi is fourth, though less than a third of a second separates Pedrosa from Rossi.
The name in 5th is a surprise. The reports that Edwards' team boss Giovanni Cuzari was to talk to Edwards about early retirement have fired the Texan up, Edwards posting several fast laps to end the session in 5th, first Open bike, and ahead of his teammate Aleix Espargaro. Stefan Bradl sits between the two Forward Yamahas, while Andrea Dovizioso is in 8th on the factory Ducati, ahead of the Tech 3 Yamahas of Pol Espargaro and Bradley Smith.
Belgian rider Xavier Simeon has headed a sun-drenched second Moto2 free practice session at the Jerez circuit in Spain. The Gresini rider ended proceedings ahead of Sandro Cortese and Takaaki Nakagami in second and third positions. While Nakagami would be happy with his return to form Cortese had a highly turbulent session, twice feeling the anger of other riders after riding slowly on the racing line. First Dominique Aegerter kicked out at the German and then Championship leader Esteve Rabat pushed him with his fist whilst gesticulating wildly.
Rabat eventually calmed down and ended the session in fourth place, however he still held the fastest time of the day from the morning's session and looked consistently quicker than any other rider on track. Aegerter also had to regain his composure and went on to post the fifth fastest time. He was followed by his compatriot Thomas Luthi who was ahead of Simone Corsi, Johann Zarco and the German duo of Marcel Schrotter and Jonas Folger completed the top ten. Maverick Vinales Moto2 education continued with a crash early in the session, this severely limited his race simulation time and perhaps signifies a blip in the initial ease with which he took to the intermediate class.
Marc Marquez has topped the second MotoGP free practice session in Jerez in blistering conditions. As demonstrated in the second Moto3 free practice prior, the increased track temperatures meant that Marquez's fastest lap time of 1.39:757 was half a second slower than the morning's quickest lap set by Aleix Espargaro. The afternoon session did provide a more accurate replication of what conditions should be like during Sunday afternoon's race, the race will be Marquez's 100th Grand Prix and he would love nothing more than to break his Jerez duck and celebrate his milestone, as if he needed and more motivation.
Aleix Espargaro built on his impressive FP1 showing and finished with the second fastest time, two tenths behind his compatriot Marquez. Andrea Dovizioso made use of the super-soft rear tyre available to him to end up in third position ahead of the decidedly uncomfortable Yamaha pairing of Valentino Rossi and a Jorge Lorenzo. Both riders appear to have their work cut out to match the race-pace of Marquez.
Dani Pedrosa had to settle for the sixth fastest time as the Repsol Honda rider's under whelming 2014 form continued. He will be left scratching his head wondering what he has to do to bridge the gap to Marquez at the head of the field. Alvaro Bautista was seventh and made it five Spaniards in the top ten ahead of fellow satellite Honda rider Stefan Bradl, Andrea Iannone and Nicky Hayden who completed the top ten aboard his 'Open' Honda machinery.
Efren Vazquez topped the timesheets for the second Moto3 free practice session as both ambient and track temperatures soared. The baking lunch-time sun saw track temperatures rise to more than forty degrees Celsius and meant that the Spaniard's time of 1:47.725 was almost half a second slower than Isaac Vinales' morning benchmark. Romano Fenati set the second fastest time ahead of Mahindra's Miguel Oliveira and Championship leader Jack Miller, who would both be happy to have found some semblance of race pace following disappointing initial practice sessions.
Estrella Galicia riders Alex Marquez and Alex Rins ended proceedings in fifth and sixth places and as the top Hondas. John McPhee put in an encouraging performance to post the seventh quickest lap ahead of Calvo team mates Isaac Vinales and Jakub Kornfeil. Argentinean wild card rider Gabriel Rodrigo, riding for Aleix Espargaro's CEV Moto3 team, impressively completed the top ten placing's. Fellow wild card rider Maria Herrera also put in an eye-catching performance to end the session in thirteenth place after running in the top ten throughout.
Tito Rabat has continued his strong 2014 form to head the opening Moto2 Free Practice session at Jerez despite taking a relatively low speed tumble late in proceedings. He posted a benchmark time of 1:43.486, a mere three tenths shy of the current circuit race lap record. Rabat also made sure it a clean sweep of Spanish front-runners across the classes for the Friday morning sessions. It was a Marc VDS Racing 1-2 as Rabat's team mate Mika Kallio snared second place and looked the only rider able to match the Championship leader's pace consistently throughout.
Increasingly impressive youngster Jonas Folger posted the third fastest time ahead of Xavier Simeon and fellow German youngster Sandro Cortese. Nico Terol managed to find some pace after a difficult start to the season thus far registering the sixth quickest lap ahead of Thomas Luthi, rookie sensation Maverick Vinales, his team mate Luis Salom and Takaaki Nakagami rounded out the top ten.
The opening MotoGP practice session for the Jerez Grand Prix weekend in Spain was impressively headed by 'Open' class rider Aleix Espargaro. The Spaniard reveled in glorious morning conditions and extracted every ounce of grip from his super-soft Bridgestone tyres to post a time of 1:39.357, some two tenths quicker than Jorge Lorenzo's race lap record from last year. Lorenzo ended the session in second place ahead of Marc Marquez, who amazingly has never taken victory at the Jerez circuit in any class of GP racing.
Dani Pedrosa made it an all-Spaniard top four finishing the session ahead of Valentino Rossi in fifth. Rossi is the most successful rider ever at Jerez with eight wins in total, six of those coming in the premier class, he would be looking to improve his pace with a view to grow that record come Sunday. Alvaro Bautista made it five Spaniards in the top six ahead of the Ducati of Andrea Dovizioso, Stefan Bradl, Yonny Hernandez and Bradley Smith completed the top ten. Andrea Iannone was the only rider to crash, late in the session, thankfully he walked away perfectly OK.
Isaac Vinales has topped the timesheets in the opening Moto3 practice at the Jerez circuit in Spain. The local rider finished the session with a time of 1:47.388 which put him three tenths clear of fellow Spaniard Alex Marquez. Vinales' Calvo KTM teammate Jakub Kornfeil rounded out the top three placing's for the morning session. Alex Rins and last round's victor Romano Fenati took fourth and fifth places respectively as Efren Vazquez, Niklas Ajo, Brad Binder, Philipp Oettl and Danny Kent completed the top 10.
Championship leader Jack Miller had to settle for a disappointing twelfth place and will look to quickly rediscover his Jerez testing pace in the day's remaining session.