2015 Qatar MotoGP FP1 Result: Marquez Edges Pedrosa In First Session

Marc Marquez leads the way at the end of the first session of free practice for the MotoGP class, the reigning world champion starting his 2015 season where he left off in 2014. 

Marquez came out of the gate fast, setting his best time with his second flying lap, only for him to see 1st place taken from him by his Repsol Honda teammmate, Dani Pedrosa. Pedrosa led the session for the first 15 minutes, until Marquez came back out and snatched the lead. From that point, the dominion of the two Hondas went unchallenged.

Jorge Lorenzo had sat in 3rd for much of the opening session, but was demoted by Aleix Espargaro at the end, after the Suzuki rider put in a soft tire to set a time. Despite that, Espargaro's pace on the Suzuki was strong, even on the medium race tire, staying well inside the top ten. Cal Crutchlow put in a late fast lap to jump up to 5th, behind the Movistar Yamaha of Lorenzo, staying just ahead of Danilo Petrucci, who had put a soft tire on the Pramac Ducati at the end of the session to take 6th. It had been hard work, as Petrucci had had to sprint back to his pit box after his first bike cut out in pit lane.

Andrea Dovizioso was the first of the factory Ducatis in 7th, both he and Iannone focusing on race set up, and usig the medium tire. He kept ahead of Yonny Hernandez on the second Pramac Ducati, the Colombian also using the soft tire to good effect. The fast Pramacs left Valentino Rossi down in 9th, nearly nine tenths slower than Marc Marquez. Andrea Iannone rounded out the top ten.

Results:

Pos No Rider Bike Time Diff Prev
1 93 Marc Marquez Honda 1'55.281    
2 26 Dani Pedrosa Honda 1'55.357 0.076 0.076
3 41 Aleix Espargaro Suzuki 1'55.685 0.404 0.328
4 99 Jorge Lorenzo Yamaha 1'55.698 0.417 0.013
5 35 Cal Crutchlow Honda 1'55.818 0.537 0.120
6 9 Danilo Petrucci Ducati 1'55.939 0.658 0.121
7 4 Andrea Dovizioso Ducati 1'55.980 0.699 0.041
8 68 Yonny Hernandez Ducati 1'56.139 0.858 0.159
9 46 Valentino Rossi Yamaha 1'56.162 0.881 0.023
10 29 Andrea Iannone Ducati 1'56.315 1.034 0.153
11 44 Pol Espargaro Yamaha 1'56.361 1.080 0.046
12 45 Scott Redding Honda 1'56.374 1.093 0.013
13 38 Bradley Smith Yamaha 1'56.428 1.147 0.054
14 6 Stefan Bradl Yamaha Forward 1'56.577 1.296 0.149
15 17 Karel Abraham Honda 1'56.651 1.370 0.074
16 15 Alex De Angelis ART 1'56.768 1.487 0.117
17 25 Maverick Viñales Suzuki 1'56.922 1.641 0.154
18 8 Hector Barbera Ducati 1'56.957 1.676 0.035
19 43 Jack Miller Honda 1'56.983 1.702 0.026
20 76 Loris Baz Yamaha Forward 1'57.031 1.750 0.048
21 69 Nicky Hayden Honda 1'57.052 1.771 0.021
22 19 Alvaro Bautista Aprilia 1'57.130 1.849 0.078
23 50 Eugene Laverty Honda 1'57.224 1.943 0.094
24 63 Mike Di Meglio Ducati 1'57.612 2.331 0.388
25 33 Marco Melandri Aprilia 1'59.579 4.298 1.967

 

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Any confirmation if he set that time of supersofts tires or not? The Suzuki looks to be around 15kph off the factory Honda and 8-10 kph off the factory Yamaha, which isn't a massive handicap, I think.

for 2015 motogp, there are a total of 3 tire choices: hard, medium or soft from bridgestone.

-Factory Option teams can use hard or medium.
-Open class teams can use medium or soft.
-Factory Option concessions teams can use either medium/soft or hard/medium depending on if the factory scores three wins.

Suzuki can, at this point in time, use either the medium or the soft. The article reports "the Suzuki rider put in a soft tire to set a time".

Movistar yamaha is already using seamless downshifts and can brake later than last year, despite that their top speeds have not improved from last year. Not to mention they are using a powerful engine this year. In contrast tech3 boys are extracting 7km/hr more from their bikes.

Well the gap to honda's have remained more or less the same. Yamaha needs to extract the max from their gearbox combined with a good setup to slash off tenths from their time or else it will be difficult to fight for the victory.

I know Marco hasn't been particularly impressive in testing, but I'm still pretty shocked that he's almost two and a half seconds slower than his team-mate. I'm getting less and less convinced that Melandri will still be employed by the end of the year. Hopefully he can find his way into the Red Devils squad sooner rather than later.

I thought the reason they were leaving him circulating at the back this year was because he had experience riding on Michelins. This year seems to be a bust for him before he even starts.

What's going on....the only north american is at the bottom :(

The former champ isn't fighting for podiums anymore, maybe not even for points, is he "Melandried"?

Not just that, De Angelis is in 16th spot out of 24. Impressive. But we know that De Angelis can be brilliant at times; right now there's a lot of 'real' MotoGP bikes behind him. The ART is the only remaining bike that is basically a tuned roadbike engine in another chassis - although the current RS-GP almost falls into this definition too.

That the ART is faster now than the factory Aprilias is not that strange. The ART is more or less fully developed and refined, while Bautista and Melandri are riding a real prototype bike in the true sense of the word. It's an early stages test bike on which they are trying to find the best base to continue development from. I can imagine they will be trying very fundamental things right now and results will vary a lot during the season, especially the early part.

That being said, I think Bautista being just 1,8 seconds behind the fastest time is actually quite close on a lap time of almost two minutes. If they are still this close at the end of this weekend, they will be very pleased, I'd think. That they are nevertheless at the bottom of the list only shows how high-level and close the whole current field is. Melandri of course is a story apart; he's obviously still looking for the right feel, not ready for chasing lap times yet.

Of course this is all just FP1...