2014 Brno MotoGP FP2 Result: Rain Arrived On Cue

Rain opened the session with Andrea Iannone and Hector Barbera setting the only dry laps, crossing the line as the skies opened. Dani Pedrosa set the wet pace and was predictably bested by Marc Marquez. Cal Crutchlow was briefly the quickest wet rider, but the Repsol Honda duo returned to the third and fourth places.

With more rain likely tomorrow morning, the places for the qualifying sessions could already have been determined this morning.

Results:

Pos. Num. Rider Bike Time Gap 1st Prev.
1 29 Andrea IANNONE Ducati 2'03.179    
2 8 Hector BARBERA Avintia 2'04.462 1.283 1.283
3 93 Marc MARQUEZ Honda 2'07.846 4.667 3.384
4 26 Dani PEDROSA Honda 2'07.848 4.669 0.002
5 46 Valentino ROSSI Yamaha 2'08.827 5.648 0.979
6 35 Cal CRUTCHLOW Ducati 2'08.981 5.802 0.154
7 99 Jorge LORENZO Yamaha 2'09.114 5.935 0.133
8 44 Pol ESPARGARO Yamaha 2'09.412 6.233 0.298
9 38 Bradley SMITH Yamaha 2'09.722 6.543 0.310
10 6 Stefan BRADL Honda 2'09.747 6.568 0.025
11 45 Scott REDDING Honda 2'09.869 6.690 0.122
12 4 Andrea DOVIZIOSO Ducati 2'10.174 6.995 0.305
13 68 Yonny HERNANDEZ Ducati 2'10.217 7.038 0.043
14 9 Danilo PETRUCCI ART 2'10.264 7.085 0.047
15 41 Aleix ESPARGARO Forward Yamaha 2'10.556 7.377 0.292
16 17 Karel ABRAHAM Honda 2'10.668 7.489 0.112
17 51 Michele PIRRO Ducati 2'10.828 7.649 0.160
18 19 Alvaro BAUTISTA Honda 2'11.004 7.825 0.176
19 7 Hiroshi AOYAMA Honda 2'11.019 7.840 0.015
20 70 Michael LAVERTY PBM 2'11.337 8.158 0.318
21 23 Broc PARKES PBM 2'11.741 8.562 0.404
  63 Mike DI MEGLIO Avintia 2'12.270 9.091 0.529
  2 Leon CAMIER Honda 2'12.934 9.755 0.664
  15 Alex DE ANGELIS Forward Yamaha 2'15.514 12.335 2.580

 

Round Number: 
11
2014
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Comments

ok, so the Ducs go like the clappers in the wet yes? I've always wondered why then, couldn't they "reverse engineer" the bike and figure out what they needed to change, adjust, etc to fix their problems in the dry.

Apparently it's not that simple or they would've done it by now but I've never heard it talked about so.....yeah..... I'll go back to my desk job now :)

The Ducatis go better in the wet because they're not riding as hard as they do in the dry. At a slower pace, the understeer issue really isn't a factor.

....the Ducati is the fastest bike when ridden slower than normal?

It's understeer into a corner and stability out. The understeer isn't as big a problem in the wet because none of the bikes are pushing as hard comparatively.

I remember watching Hayden and Rossi very closely at Silverstone in QPs a couple of years ago. In the dry the bikes were unlike any others. When coming out of a bend, the rear shook like hell from side to side; both riders in exactly the same way. Same time after time, no matter which bend you stood at. They even binned it at the same places, it just went down suddenly with a splat!

I think its a better bike now, but the understeer remains apparently. Look how well Dovi did last week on new softer and grippier tyres (which help mask the problem), then how he dropped back umpteen places when the best was worn away - speaks volumes.

So yes, faster when slower - you still need a good wet weather rider though!

Forget about the Standard ECU. Just add water the whole track and voila!!!!

keep those daft F1 ideas to yourself Mr Ecclestone!

Ducati's long-term insistence on continuing to use the old engine layout
is proof that Ducati has got its priorities wrong. When a design has proven to result in failure, change is required.

Now that VWAG own Ducati, I expect the guiding hand of Ferdinand Piëch will "discourage" Ducati from continuing to embrace an obsolete design.

Whether Ducati will be able to entice any more top-level riders to risk their
careers with new and unproven designs is another question. But it would be nice to see Honda's dominance end and even nicer to see battles between
Honda, Yamaha, KTM, and Ducati. You will think I am delusional including KTM
in the previous list, but KTM's record in other areas of motorcycle racing proves they are a force to be reckoned with when they have a goal in mind.

Regardless of his place on the board, I miss seeing Colin's name it.