2013 Indianpolis MotoGP FP1 Result: Marquez At The Top of The Class After Summer Recess

MotoGP rookie Marc Marquez, picking up where he left off before the summer break, led the first free practice at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway with a time of 1’40.781.  Cal Crutchlow put his satellite Yamaha into second, three-tenths adrift of Marquez.

Current world champion Jorge Lorenzo, who led much of FP1, finished third.  Stefan Bradl continued his good form with a fourth-fastest time and Valentino Rossi put in a fast final lap to grab fifth place. Rossi had dropped as low as eighth in the late stages of practice before putting in his best lap as time expired.

But as has become standard, all eyes were on Marquez. The current championship points leader in July at Laguna Seca became the first rookie to win back-to-back races since American Kenny Roberts in 1978.  At Indy, Marquez jumped to the top of the timesheet with 12 minutes remaining and he didn’t let go. 

American Ben Spies  -- a former MotoGP rookie of the year himself -- ended his injury hiatus with an 11th place time, 1.7 seconds off the pace.

Results:

Pos. No. Rider Bike Time Diff. / Prev.
1 93 Marc MARQUEZ Honda 1'40.781  
2 35 Cal CRUTCHLOW Yamaha 1'41.081 0.300 / 0.300
3 99 Jorge LORENZO Yamaha 1'41.261 0.480 / 0.180
4 6 Stefan BRADL Honda 1'41.424 0.643 / 0.163
5 46 Valentino ROSSI Yamaha 1'41.547 0.766 / 0.123
6 19 Alvaro BAUTISTA Honda 1'41.571 0.790 / 0.024
7 26 Dani PEDROSA Honda 1'41.590 0.809 / 0.019
8 4 Andrea DOVIZIOSO Ducati 1'41.793 1.012 / 0.203
9 69 Nicky HAYDEN Ducati 1'41.830 1.049 / 0.037
10 38 Bradley SMITH Yamaha 1'42.405 1.624 / 0.575
11 11 Ben SPIES Ducati 1'42.507 1.726 / 0.102
12 29 Andrea IANNONE Ducati 1'42.745 1.964 / 0.238
13 41 Aleix ESPARGARO ART 1'42.866 2.085 / 0.121
14 68 Yonny HERNANDEZ ART 1'43.088 2.307 / 0.222
15 5 Colin EDWARDS FTR Kawasaki 1'43.570 2.789 / 0.482
16 17 Karel ABRAHAM ART 1'44.009 3.228 / 0.439
17 14 Randy DE PUNIET ART 1'44.125 3.344 / 0.116
18 71 Claudio CORTI FTR Kawasaki 1'44.316 3.535 / 0.191
19 9 Danilo PETRUCCI Ioda-Suter 1'44.395 3.614 / 0.079
20 7 Hiroshi AOYAMA FTR 1'44.606 3.825 / 0.211
21 8 Hector BARBERA FTR 1'44.698 3.917 / 0.092
22 52 Lukas PESEK Ioda-Suter 1'45.379 4.598 / 0.681
23 67 Bryan STARING FTR Honda 1'45.527 4.746 / 0.148
24 70 Michael LAVERTY PBM 1'45.688 4.907 / 0.161
25 79 Blake YOUNG APR 1'47.770 6.989 / 2.082

 

Round Number: 
9
2013
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