Marc Marquez overran the timesheet territory he had briefly loaned to Jorge Jorenzo with a blistering fast lap of 1'39.313 at the second free practice Friday in Argentina. Marquez was a full second faster than the second-place rider teammate Dani Pedrosa and became the only rider to dip into the 1'39s -- a pace he did for three straight laps toward the end of the day's final session. Aleix Espargaro on his open class Yamaha managed third, 1.2 seconds slower than Marquez.
Equally worrisome for his rivals, Marquez was fastest in each of the 4.8 km (2.986 mi.) circuit's four timing sectors.
So much for the FP1 notion that Rio Hondo appears to be a Yamaha track. And so much for Jorge Lorenzo's place at the top of Friday's timesheet. In FP1, Lorenzo dominated the first session and was the top of five Yamahas placed within the top 10. And while five Yamahas remain in the top 10 after FP2, they've been rearranged a bit lower following the showing of Marquez and Pedrosa.
Indeed further down the timesheet, only Stefan Bradl (4th), Andrea Dovizioso (5th) and Bradley Smith (6th) remain within two seconds of Marquez. Pol Espargaro, Valentino Rossi and Jorge Lorenzo, at seventh, eight and ninth respectively, sit more than two seconds off the pace.
|Pos.||No.||Rider||Bike||Time||Diff. / Prev.|
|2||26||Dani PEDROSA||Honda||1'40.396||1.083 / 1.083|
|3||41||Aleix ESPARGARO||Forward Yamaha||1'40.566||1.253 / 0.170|
|4||6||Stefan BRADL||Honda||1'40.891||1.578 / 0.325|
|5||4||Andrea DOVIZIOSO||Ducati||1'41.042||1.729 / 0.151|
|6||38||Bradley SMITH||Yamaha||1'41.303||1.990 / 0.261|
|7||44||Pol ESPARGARO||Yamaha||1'41.368||2.055 / 0.065|
|8||46||Valentino ROSSI||Yamaha||1'41.395||2.082 / 0.027|
|9||99||Jorge LORENZO||Yamaha||1'41.533||2.220 / 0.138|
|10||29||Andrea IANNONE||Ducati||1'41.924||2.611 / 0.391|
|11||19||Alvaro BAUTISTA||Honda||1'42.029||2.716 / 0.105|
|12||68||Yonny HERNANDEZ||Ducati||1'42.128||2.815 / 0.099|
|13||17||Karel ABRAHAM||Honda||1'42.348||3.035 / 0.220|
|14||5||Colin EDWARDS||Forward Yamaha||1'42.608||3.295 / 0.260|
|15||69||Nicky HAYDEN||Honda||1'42.621||3.308 / 0.013|
|16||8||Hector BARBERA||Avintia||1'42.739||3.426 / 0.118|
|17||23||Broc PARKES||PBM||1'42.827||3.514 / 0.088|
|18||51||Michele PIRRO||Ducati||1'42.898||3.585 / 0.071|
|19||9||Danilo PETRUCCI||ART||1'43.106||3.793 / 0.208|
|20||63||Mike DI MEGLIO||Avintia||1'43.125||3.812 / 0.019|
|21||70||Michael LAVERTY||PBM||1'43.151||3.838 / 0.026|
|22||45||Scott REDDING||Honda||1'43.165||3.852 / 0.014|
|23||7||Hiroshi AOYAMA||Honda||1'43.347||4.034 / 0.182|