2014 Barcelona MotoGP FP2 Result: Smith Edges Bradl On A Hot Track

Bradley Smith has topped the timesheets in the sweltering afternoon session at Barcelona, the Monster Tech 3 rider posting a quick lap late in the session to take top spot. Smith was challenged by LCR Honda's Stefan Bradl, the German having led earlier in the session, but Bradl came up just short, Smith holding on by seven thousandths of a second.

Marc Marquez set the 3rd fastest time, an improvement both in time and position from this morning, the Repsol Honda rider just edging Movistar Yamaha's Jorge Lorenzo. Pol Espargaro had an impressive afternoon session, taking 5th spot ahead of Valentino Rossi, who ended the day as last of the Yamahas, half a second off the time set by Smith. A fleet of Ducatis followed Rossi with Andrea Dovizioso at its head, in front of Yonny Hernandez on the Open Ducati GP13 in 7th, and Andrea Iannone on the second Pramac Ducati in 8th. Dani Pedrosa rounded out the top 10, the Repsol Honda rider struggling to find his form at his home Grand Prix.

As it stands, Aleix Espargaro, Smith, Bradl, Marquez, Lorenzo, Iannone, Rossi, Pol Espargaro, Pedrosa and Dovizioso are through to Q2 tomorrow afternoon. The riders get one more chance tomorrow morning, where the cool temperatures should allow for times to be improved upon.

Results:

Pos No Rider Bike Time Diff Prev
1 38 Bradley Smith Yamaha 1'42.123    
2 6 Stefan Bradl Honda 1'42.130 0.007 0.007
3 93 Marc Marquez Honda 1'42.274 0.151 0.144
4 99 Jorge Lorenzo Yamaha 1'42.282 0.159 0.008
5 44 Pol Espargaro Yamaha 1'42.608 0.485 0.326
6 46 Valentino Rossi Yamaha 1'42.629 0.506 0.021
7 4 Andrea Dovizioso Ducati 1'42.812 0.689 0.183
8 68 Yonny Hernandez Ducati 1'42.860 0.737 0.048
9 29 Andrea Iannone Ducati 1'43.037 0.914 0.177
10 26 Dani Pedrosa Honda 1'43.078 0.955 0.041
11 19 Alvaro Bautista Honda 1'43.160 1.037 0.082
12 41 Aleix Espargaro Forward Yamaha 1'43.198 1.075 0.038
13 45 Scott Redding Honda 1'43.612 1.489 0.414
14 35 Cal Crutchlow Ducati 1'43.725 1.602 0.113
15 5 Colin Edwards Forward Yamaha 1'43.819 1.696 0.094
16 51 Michele Pirro Ducati 1'43.908 1.785 0.089
17 8 Hector Barbera Avintia 1'43.961 1.838 0.053
18 69 Nicky Hayden Honda 1'44.027 1.904 0.066
19 7 Hiroshi Aoyama Honda 1'44.096 1.973 0.069
20 17 Karel Abraham Honda 1'44.125 2.002 0.029
21 70 Michael Laverty PBM 1'44.525 2.402 0.400
22 23 Broc Parkes PBM 1'44.852 2.729 0.327
23 63 Mike Di Meglio Avintia 1'45.482 3.359 0.630
24 84 Michel Fabrizio ART 1'47.329 5.206 1.847

 

Round Number: 
7
2014
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Comments

Hayden said his hand is holding up. Not perfect, but he can ride. The hand looks a lot less swollen than a couple of weeks ago.

Hate to say it and David can shoot me down in flames, but Cal is rapidly becoming the forgotten man of 2014. His performance on the Ducati has been uninspiring and yet again his is falling off and injuring himself.

He desperately wanted a factory bike and seemed to know the risk of switching to Ducati, but his stock has fallen IMHO badly so far this year.

Well, there's no disgrace in failing on the duke, it's ruined a good few careers to date, all on the back of one stunning season and the right rider in the right place at the right time.

One season? One rider? Short memory. Capirossi/Ducati lead the championship and threatened for the title before that massive tangle with Gibernau at ironically this very circuit in 2006. Not to mention Bayliss stepped straight off his WSB 999 onto the D16 for the last race of the season to take the win (Bayliss and Capirossi finsished 1-2) so it was obviously a very handy bit of gear before Stoner got anywhere near it.

According to the Nick Harris commentary team, Aleix is happy with the Yamaha chassis. There are two new chassis, both being used by Colin.