2013 Barcelona MotoGP FP2 Results: Rossi Leaps To Top

The baking Barcelona sunshine brought track temperatures through the roof for the start of MotoGP FP2. The session was headed by a revitalised Valentino Rossi, the Italian setting a time of 1:42.297, the fastest lap of the weekend so far and quicker than the existing circuit race lap record. His teammate Jorge Lorenzo, who looked in seriously ominous form early in the session, ended up in second place only four hundredths behind Rossi. He was followed closely in third by fellow championship favourite and countryman Dani Pedrosa, the Spaniards appear to be reveling at their home track.

Alvaro Bautista made it three Spanish riders in the top five followed by Cal Crutchlow and Marc Marquez. The Ducati pairing of Nicky Hayden and Andrea Dovizioso finished in fairly promising seventh and eighth positions respectively, while Stefan Bradl and Aleix Espargaro completed the top ten. Espargaro continues his highly impressive form aboard his Aprilia powered CRT machine, finishing only nine tenths behind Rossi's ultra-quick lead lap time.

Bradl suffered a crash at the notorious turn ten. Bradley Smith was the other crasher, he had a big tumble at turn three and limped away gingerly in the arms of circuit medical staff. He didn't complete any laps following the spill. 

Results:

Pos. Num. Rider Bike Time Diff Diff Previous
1 46 Valentino ROSSI Yamaha 1'42.297    
2 99 Jorge LORENZO Yamaha 1'42.346 0.049 0.049
3 26 Dani PEDROSA Honda 1'42.557 0.260 0.211
4 19 Alvaro BAUTISTA Honda 1'42.752 0.455 0.195
5 35 Cal CRUTCHLOW Yamaha 1'42.776 0.479 0.024
6 93 Marc MARQUEZ Honda 1'42.857 0.560 0.081
7 69 Nicky HAYDEN Ducati 1'42.890 0.593 0.033
8 4 Andrea DOVIZIOSO Ducati 1'42.988 0.691 0.098
9 6 Stefan BRADL Honda 1'43.005 0.708 0.017
10 41 Aleix ESPARGARO ART 1'43.204 0.907 0.199
11 29 Andrea IANNONE Ducati 1'43.272 0.975 0.068
12 14 Randy DE PUNIET ART 1'43.644 1.347 0.372
13 51 Michele PIRRO Ducati 1'43.648 1.351 0.004
14 38 Bradley SMITH Yamaha 1'44.247 1.950 0.599
15 8 Hector BARBERA FTR 1'44.461 2.164 0.214
16 5 Colin EDWARDS FTR Kawasaki 1'44.586 2.289 0.125
17 17 Karel ABRAHAM ART 1'44.599 2.302 0.013
18 9 Danilo PETRUCCI Ioda-Suter 1'44.609 2.312 0.010
19 70 Michael LAVERTY PBM 1'45.337 3.040 0.728
20 71 Claudio CORTI FTR Kawasaki 1'45.513 3.216 0.176
21 7 Hiroshi AOYAMA FTR 1'45.834 3.537 0.321
22 68 Yonny HERNANDEZ ART 1'46.216 3.919 0.382
23 67 Bryan STARING FTR Honda 1'46.577 4.280 0.361
24 52 Lukas PESEK Ioda-Suter 1'47.239 4.942 0.662

 

Round Number: 
6
2013
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Comments

Could this be the weekend that we see the real resurrection of Valentino Rossi..? Especially after the bummer at Mugello, that would be really nice. If only to see someone break the Spanish domination.

If Rossi can get pole or be on the front row for the race, it will be good for everyone and the sport as a whole! I would like to see Rossi retire after getting another championship like Biaggi but the 3-Spanish-Amigos may have something to say about it! It will be hard to bet against an all Spanish front-row. MM93 will go faster and be at the front before long, he's just warming up...

Impressive times again by the two Aspar men! They are definitely way ahead of any of the other CRT bikes, looking at those times. Espargaro and de Puniet respectively 0,9 and 1,3 secs off pole, the rest being between 2,1 and 4,9 secs off.
(Still pretty fast, for the last guy being 4,9 secs off pole on a 1.42 lap time. And it would be boring if there were no slower guys to measure the fast ones against.)

Is a man on a mission. Fast as get out.
I forget, but is his team considering either RCV Repli-racer or Yam package?
Would love to see him on other equipment as his time on a Ducati is not a fair assessment of his abilty on an MSMA built bike though i wonder if he could even fit on a honda.

Seeing as how it took a 1:41.295 to get pole last year, and the bikes are faster this year.............I wouldn't pay much attention to what happened today. The eventual pole winner last year was in 10th place at the end of FP2 last year, well over a full second off the pace.

The two lead Spaniards will get significantly quicker on Sat (who ahead of who, who knows?), Marc will pull up into the top 4 as will Cal. Vale will slip from front row to somewhere on 2nd or 3rd row. That's been the story this season so far. Possible for any variation in the plot?

The fact that the second Practice had me sitting up and watching extremely closely leads me to believe that this race is going to be a serious one. Lorenzo trying to expand his lead in the championship. Pedrosa trying to win outright. Marquez trying to show he is as fast or faster on a track that the others have more experience on. Those three riders being Spanish and this race being a home race. Then there is Rossi. Set a good time today, but there is still tomorrow. He NEEDS to do well in this race to show he has not lost a step. Getting used to the new bike or not. This is a track he has a lot of good results at, and is on a bike that is one of the best. He HAS to do well for his mindstate.

All that together is leading up to some SH*T going down! Cannot wait!