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.
|Pos.||No.||Rider||Bike||Time||Diff. / Prev.|
|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|