Marc Marquez topped the timesheets in the second session of free practice for the MotoGP class, but it wasn't Marquez' speed which was the talking point of FP2. High temperatures, a greasy track and a mechanical problem with Dani Pedrosa's bike turned FP2 into a crash fest, with a host of riders going down. Valentino Rossi was the first to go at the start of the session, the Movistar Yamaha rider losing the front after smoke started coming from Dani Pedrosa's Honda.
Brno, Czech Republic
Danny Kent has taken charge of the Moto3 class once again, taking over the top of the timesheets at the end of FP2. The championship leader's advantage is not as great as it has been at previous races, however, Kent leading 2nd place man Brad Binder by 0.167. The South African rider is just a fraction ahead of Niccolo Antonelli, who led for most of the session. Kent's teammate Efren Vazquez is 4th fastest, ahead of Jorge Navarro and Miguel Oliveira.
Johann Zarco has taken control of the Moto2 class from the very start of practice. The championship leader took over the top of the timesheets early on in the session, and did not relinquish them. Jonas Folger ended the session in 2nd, but was over a third of a second behind Zarco, and only three thousandths of a second ahead of Simone Corsi in 3rd. Tito Rabat took 4th, a tenth behind Corsi, with Tom Luthi and Sam Lowes hot on Rabat's tail.
Jorge Lorenzo ended the first session of free practice on top of the timesheets. The Movistar Yamaha rider was immediately into his stride, taking over at the top halfway through the session and leading to the end. Marc Marquez ended the session in 2nd, and started off fast. However, Marquez' session was marred by a minor fall. The Repsol Honda rider had trouble getting the bike stopped into Turn 13, ran into the gravel and tried to ride his way through it.
Efren Vazquez has taken first blood at Brno, topping the first session of free practice for the Moto3 class at Brno. Vazquez put in a quick last lap to punch his way to the top of the timesheets, his Leopard Racing teammate Danny Kent adopting the same tactic but coming up short on Vazquez. Romano Fenati grabbed 3rd, leading a gaggle of KTMs all within a few hundredth of each other. Miguel Oliveira took 4th, ending ahead of the session's early leader Brad Binder.
It was a hectic trip across the Atlantic for many in the MotoGP paddock. The air at Brno was thick with tales of airport-based woe, of overbooked flights, bad weather delays, missed transfers and lost luggage. Despite the supposed privilege of platinum frequent flyer status – one of the side benefits of working for a MotoGP team is you rack up a lot of air miles – the staff of one MotoGP were stuck in one airport for over 24 hours, thrown out of the airport lounge and unable to leave.
Various press releases ahead of this weekend's Czech Grand Prix at Brno:
Fresh from back-to-back victories, the Repsol HondaTeam and MotoGP paddock head to Czech Republic
With no time to rest, Marc Marquez and Dani Pedrosa are en route to Brno for the next race, round eleven of 2015 World Championship. A popular circuit with both the riders and fans, Brno is built in a natural bowl which has many elevation changes as the circuit navigates itself through the beautiful wooded scenery offering the spectators spectacular places to view.
Press release previews from the teams:
Team Estrella Galicia 0,0 go straight from Indianapolis to Brno
Following the Indianapolis Grand Prix, riders and team travel direct to Czech Republic to contest the eleventh round of the season.
The Brno Circuit is the next stage for Fabio Quartararo and Jorge Navarro, seventh and tenth respectively in the Moto3 overall standings, to continue adding experience in their Grand Prix careers.
From one endangered race to another. The MotoGP paddock leaves Indianapolis, possibly for the last time, and heads to Brno, a race which has been on the endangered list for the past ten years. Not all of the paddock got out on time: overbooked flights and thunderstorms caused massive delays, and left riders, teams and media stuck hanging around in airports for many hours. Hardly the ideal way to adapt to a shift of time zones by six hours, but they have little choice.
The Forward Racing team have found a temporary lifeline, and will be back in action at Brno. The MotoGP team of Loris Baz and replacement rider Claudio Corti, and Moto2 men Lorenzo Baldassarri and Simone Corsi will be racing in the Czech Republic, as the team have found the finances for that race at least.