2013 Le Mans MotoGP FP2 Practice Result: Pedrosa Leads Very Tight Field

Dani Pedrosa has maintained his spot at the top of the timesheets at Le Mans, carefully controlling the second session of free practice for the MotoGP class at the French circuit. The Repsol Honda man took over the top spot with two thirds of the session gone, and kept pushing to cut his lap times and extend his lead.

Teammate Marc Marquez took second spot, just pipping Valentino Rossi and forcing the Italian down into third by a few thousandths of a second. Rossi held off his Yamaha teammate Jorge Lorenzo by three hundredths, finishing ahead of Lorenzo for the first time this year in a session during a race weekend. Stefan Bradl set the fifth fastest time, a tenths slower than Lorenzo, and a couple of tenths ahead of Cal Crutchlow in 6th.

The two Ducatis ended in seventh and eighth, both just over half a second behind Pedrosa, the Ducati looking more competitive here than at any other track so far this year. Alvaro Baustista took 9th spot, and Aleix Espargaro ended the session in 10th and best CRT machine, just over a second slower than Pedrosa.

The times set during this session could prove to be crucial, as the forecast for Saturday is looking very uncertain. If rain does fall, then this session will have determined who goes straight through to QP2, with Bradley Smith and Andrea Iannone once again struggling to make it through at the first attempt. Iannone is in the most trouble, the Italian having crashed heavily during the afternoon session, and banged the arm he was operated on after Jerez.

Results:

Pos No. Rider Bike Time Diff Previous
1 26 Dani Pedrosa Honda 1'34.035    
2 93 Marc Marquez Honda 1'34.169 0.134 0.134
3 46 Valentino Rossi Yamaha 1'34.173 0.138 0.004
4 99 Jorge Lorenzo Yamaha 1'34.201 0.166 0.028
5 6 Stefan Bradl Honda 1'34.299 0.264 0.098
6 35 Cal Crutchlow Yamaha 1'34.512 0.477 0.213
7 4 Andrea Dovizioso Ducati 1'34.578 0.543 0.066
8 69 Nicky Hayden Ducati 1'34.590 0.555 0.012
9 19 Alvaro Bautista Honda 1'34.739 0.704 0.149
10 41 Aleix Espargaro Aprilia ART 1'35.045 1.010 0.306
11 38 Bradley Smith Yamaha 1'35.362 1.327 0.317
12 29 Andrea Iannone Ducati 1'35.433 1.398 0.071
13 14 Randy de Puniet Aprilia ART 1'35.447 1.412 0.014
14 51 Michele Pirro Ducati 1'35.864 1.829 0.417
15 8 Hector Barbera FTR Kawasaki 1'35.940 1.905 0.076
16 5 Colin Edwards FTR Kawasaki 1'36.449 2.414 0.509
17 71 Claudio Corti FTR Kawasaki 1'36.643 2.608 0.194
18 17 Karel Abraham Aprilia ART 1'36.759 2.724 0.116
19 9 Danilo Petrucci Suter BMW 1'36.764 2.729 0.005
20 7 Hiroshi Aoyama FTR Kawasaki 1'36.821 2.786 0.057
21 68 Yonny Hernandez Aprilia ART 1'37.104 3.069 0.283
22 67 Bryan Staring FTR Honda 1'37.878 3.843 0.774
23 70 Michael Laverty PBM 1'38.023 3.988 0.145
24 52 Lukas Pesek Suter BMW 1'38.818 4.783 0.795

 

Round Number: 
4
2013
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Comments

But what is it about this track layout that sees Ducati run well here? I know they've been closing the FP and QP gap this season but can't remember them both within a half second before.

Pedro - 9 laps in 1 34s, 2 in a row under 1 34.5
Marc - 7 laps in 1 34s
Vale - 7 laps in 1 34s, 3 in a row under 1 34.5
Jorge - 9 laps in 1 34s, 4 in a row under 1 34.5
Bradl - 5 laps in 1 34s