2015 Jerez MotoGP FP1 Result: Lorenzo Dominates Until Soft Tires Go In

Jorge Lorenzo set out his intentions in the first session of free practice for the MotoGP class this morning, by dominating the session from the outset. Lorenzo lapped consistently in the low 1'39s, the other riders only getting down that low once they started chasing times at the end of the session. Aleix Espargaro ended the session in second, using the soft tire to set a hot lap at the end. The Suzuki rider nearly took top slot, but lost out when he had a big moment through the last two left handers before the stadium section.

Cal Crutchlow ended the session in 3rd, and fastest Honda, sneaking ahead of Andrea Dovizioso on the Ducati. The question of whether the Desmosedici GP15 would be quick round Jerez, traditionally Ducati's bogey track, has been answered, Dovizioso running in second for most fo the session. Pol Espargaro ended the session in 5th, just ahead of Valentino Rossi, both Yamaha men impressing with a solid pace.

Marc Marquez rode, using a specially adapted handlebar grip, and ended the session in eighth. Marquez did not seem to be suffering any particular problems, and is due to have his injured finger checked at the end of each session today.

Results:

Pos No Rider Bike Time Diff Prev
1 99 Jorge Lorenzo Yamaha 1'39.174    
2 41 Aleix Espargaro Suzuki 1'39.223 0.049 0.049
3 35 Cal Crutchlow Honda 1'39.737 0.563 0.514
4 4 Andrea Dovizioso Ducati 1'39.742 0.568 0.005
5 44 Pol Espargaro Yamaha 1'39.871 0.697 0.129
6 46 Valentino Rossi Yamaha 1'39.872 0.698 0.001
7 25 Maverick Viñales Suzuki 1'39.909 0.735 0.037
8 93 Marc Marquez Honda 1'39.914 0.740 0.005
9 8 Hector Barbera Ducati 1'39.937 0.763 0.023
10 45 Scott Redding Honda 1'39.967 0.793 0.030
11 6 Stefan Bradl Yamaha Forward 1'40.037 0.863 0.070
12 29 Andrea Iannone Ducati 1'40.091 0.917 0.054
13 76 Loris Baz Yamaha Forward 1'40.092 0.918 0.001
14 50 Eugene Laverty Honda 1'40.114 0.940 0.022
15 9 Danilo Petrucci Ducati 1'40.365 1.191 0.251
16 38 Bradley Smith Yamaha 1'40.392 1.218 0.027
17 69 Nicky Hayden Honda 1'40.521 1.347 0.129
18 68 Yonny Hernandez Ducati 1'40.604 1.430 0.083
19 17 Karel Abraham Honda 1'41.059 1.885 0.455
20 7 Hiroshi Aoyama Honda 1'41.064 1.890 0.005
21 43 Jack Miller Honda 1'41.201 2.027 0.137
22 19 Alvaro Bautista Aprilia 1'41.416 2.242 0.215
23 63 Mike Di Meglio Ducati 1'41.433 2.259 0.017
24 33 Marco Melandri Aprilia 1'41.914 2.740 0.481
25 15 Alex De Angelis ART 1'42.333 3.159 0.419

 

Round Number: 
4
2015
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Comments

For me Aleix has always been impressive, on the ART, on the Aprilia and now. As far as I'm concerned if Dani is still having problems at the end of the year and I were running the Repsol team I'd give Aleix a call.

His performances on underpowered bikes atleast makes him worthy of a shot on the rc213v.

but I want to see him take the 'Zuk to the top spot! So exciting to see a new manufacturer in the mix.

If Marc by Sunday is fighting for a win I won't be surprised (just amazed)!