Marc Marquez reasserted his season-long dominance Friday with a fast lap of 1’32.882 — the only rider to dip into the 1’32s in either free practice. Marquez's time at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway put him slightly more that two-tenths clear of Andrea Iannone (2nd) and half a second in front of Jorge Lorenzo (3rd) as riders tried to work out the new lines and extra speed of the redesigned track.
Andrea Dovisioso improved on his FP1 showing with a fourth that put him just ahead of the circuit's only two-time MotoGP winner, Dani Pedrosa (5th). Stefan Bradl -- fastest in one of the four sectors -- came in sixth, ahead of a surprising Yonny Hernandez (7th) who was quick all session. Aleix Espargaro, who was running near the top of the timesheet early, dropped to eighth. And while Rossi improved on his FP1 time, he didn't improve nearly as much as his rivals which left him in ninth, seven-tenths of a second from the leader. The good news for Bradley Smith is that just like in FP1 he finished right behind Rossi. The bad news is that in FP2 it left him hanging on the bottom rung of the top 10.
While FP2 typically is a chance to fine tune qualifying and race setup, general paddock worries about rain on Saturday prompted team managers and riders to treat the session as a partial qualifying practice because the top times Friday will set the grid grouping if rain washes out the chance for fast laps during FP3.
The practice also was a scramble to get a handle on what amounts to a nearly new track. The new, consistent and abrasive surface -- much improved riders agreed -- and the five changed corners left riders working to figure out the ideal lines. Unusually, a different rider set the fastest split times in each of the four timing sectors.
|Pos.||No.||Rider||Bike||Time||Diff. / Prev.|
|2||29||Andrea IANNONE||Ducati||1'33.104||0.222 / 0.222|
|3||99||Jorge LORENZO||Yamaha||1'33.424||0.542 / 0.320|
|4||4||Andrea DOVIZIOSO||Ducati||1'33.432||0.550 / 0.008|
|5||26||Dani PEDROSA||Honda||1'33.493||0.611 / 0.061|
|6||6||Stefan BRADL||Honda||1'33.513||0.631 / 0.020|
|7||68||Yonny HERNANDEZ||Ducati||1'33.531||0.649 / 0.018|
|8||41||Aleix ESPARGARO||Forward Yamaha||1'33.587||0.705 / 0.056|
|9||46||Valentino ROSSI||Yamaha||1'33.598||0.716 / 0.011|
|10||38||Bradley SMITH||Yamaha||1'33.621||0.739 / 0.023|
|11||44||Pol ESPARGARO||Yamaha||1'33.690||0.808 / 0.069|
|12||45||Scott REDDING||Honda||1'33.971||1.089 / 0.281|
|13||35||Cal CRUTCHLOW||Ducati||1'33.996||1.114 / 0.025|
|14||19||Alvaro BAUTISTA||Honda||1'34.054||1.172 / 0.058|
|15||17||Karel ABRAHAM||Honda||1'34.912||2.030 / 0.858|
|16||5||Colin EDWARDS||Forward Yamaha||1'34.994||2.112 / 0.082|
|17||7||Hiroshi AOYAMA||Honda||1'35.106||2.224 / 0.112|
|18||8||Hector BARBERA||Avintia||1'35.231||2.349 / 0.125|
|19||70||Michael LAVERTY||PBM||1'35.472||2.590 / 0.241|
|20||9||Danilo PETRUCCI||ART||1'35.721||2.839 / 0.249|
|21||63||Mike DI MEGLIO||Avintia||1'35.749||2.867 / 0.028|
|22||23||Broc PARKES||PBM||1'35.941||3.059 / 0.192|
|23||2||Leon CAMIER||Honda||1'36.394||3.512 / 0.453|