2014 Jerez MotoGP FP2: Marquez Displays Race Pace

Marc Marquez has topped the second MotoGP free practice session in Jerez in blistering conditions. As demonstrated in the second Moto3 free practice prior, the increased track temperatures meant that Marquez's fastest lap time of 1.39:757 was half a second slower than the morning's quickest lap set by Aleix Espargaro. The afternoon session did provide a more accurate replication of what conditions should be like during Sunday afternoon's race, the race will be Marquez's 100th Grand Prix and he would love nothing more than to break his Jerez duck and celebrate his milestone, as if he needed and more motivation.

Aleix Espargaro built on his impressive FP1 showing and finished with the second fastest time, two tenths behind his compatriot Marquez. Andrea Dovizioso made use of the super-soft rear tyre available to him to end up in third position ahead of the decidedly uncomfortable Yamaha pairing of Valentino Rossi and a Jorge Lorenzo. Both riders appear to have their work cut out to match the race-pace of Marquez.

Dani Pedrosa had to settle for the sixth fastest time as the Repsol Honda rider's under whelming 2014 form continued. He will be left scratching his head wondering what he has to do to bridge the gap to Marquez at the head of the field. Alvaro Bautista was seventh and made it five Spaniards in the top ten ahead of fellow satellite Honda rider Stefan Bradl, Andrea Iannone and Nicky Hayden who completed the top ten aboard his 'Open' Honda machinery. 

Many riders undertook qualifying simulations in the closing minutes which saw Hiroshi Aoyama, Bradley Smith and Hector Barbera suffer crashes, clearly pushing to the limits on the increasingly greasy surface. Smith's crash was particularly spectacular as he went down at the fourth gear turn eleven, demolishing his Tech 3 Yamaha, he thankfully walked away with only a slight limp.

Full Results:

Pos. Num. Rider Bike Time Diff Diff Prev
1 93 Marc MARQUEZ Honda 1'39.757    
2 41 Aleix ESPARGARO Forward Yamaha 1'39.973 0.216 0.216
3 4 Andrea DOVIZIOSO Ducati 1'40.028 0.271 0.055
4 46 Valentino ROSSI Yamaha 1'40.125 0.368 0.097
5 99 Jorge LORENZO Yamaha 1'40.133 0.376 0.008
6 26 Dani PEDROSA Honda 1'40.491 0.734 0.358
7 19 Alvaro BAUTISTA Honda 1'40.616 0.859 0.125
8 6 Stefan BRADL Honda 1'40.672 0.915 0.056
9 29 Andrea IANNONE Ducati 1'40.742 0.985 0.070
10 69 Nicky HAYDEN Honda 1'40.788 1.031 0.046
11 44 Pol ESPARGARO Yamaha 1'40.918 1.161 0.130
12 51 Michele PIRRO Ducati 1'40.930 1.173 0.012
13 68 Yonny HERNANDEZ Ducati 1'41.092 1.335 0.162
14 7 Hiroshi AOYAMA Honda 1'41.188 1.431 0.096
15 35 Cal CRUTCHLOW Ducati 1'41.353 1.596 0.165
16 38 Bradley SMITH Yamaha 1'41.360 1.603 0.007
17 45 Scott REDDING Honda 1'41.465 1.708 0.105
18 9 Danilo PETRUCCI ART 1'41.589 1.832 0.124
19 8 Hector BARBERA Avintia 1'41.619 1.862 0.030
20 5 Colin EDWARDS Forward Yamaha 1'41.831 2.074 0.212
21 70 Michael LAVERTY PBM 1'41.914 2.157 0.083
22 17 Karel ABRAHAM Honda 1'41.934 2.177 0.020
23 63 Mike DI MEGLIO Avintia 1'42.220 2.463 0.286
24 23 Broc PARKES PBM 1'42.424 2.667 0.204


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Not sure..

..that I would call 3rd, 2nd, 2nd an underwhelming start to the season! It would be even better if not for a certain number 93, which creates an unflattering comparison for Pedrosa.

6th on a Friday afternoon is pretty good for Pedrosa, he is often further down the field! Usually he starts very slowly, and then builds up pace over the weekend.

Total votes: 27

What am I missing ? Marquez

What am I missing ?
Marquez had 1-one- lap in the 1,39 bracket. The rest of the "fast" ones ( 11 in total ) was between 1,40,207 and 1,41,2 with an average around 1,40,5

Rossi had none in the 1,39 but 12 "fast" ones from 1,40,1 to 1,41,1 with an average around 1,40,6

Total votes: 14

The lap analysis shows

The lap analysis shows Marquez is still sandbagging a little bit, he may be just finding the lines still but when showtime comes he will connect the perfect lap time and again. It's getting to the point of who's racing for second.

Total votes: 14

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