2015 Barcelona MotoGP FP1 Result: Marquez Quickest On A Cool Track

Marc Marquez has topped the first session of free practice in Barcelona, upping the pace at the end of the session as the track started to improve. Marquez deposed his Repsol Honda teammate Dani Pedrosa, the Spaniard having found the same burst of pace as Marquez late in FP1. The speed of the two Hondas meant Aleix Espargaro was bumped into third, the Suzuki man showing impressive pace throughout the session, and improved top speeds. Both Espargaro and Suzuki teammate Maverick Viñales were quick, Viñales ending the session in 5th, behind Jorge Lorenzo.

Yonny Hernandez was 6th fastest in FP1, the Pramac man fastest of the Ducatis, with an excellent fast lap by Nicky Hayden on the Open class Aspar Honda shooting up to 7th, just eight tenths behind Marquez. Valentino Rossi ended FP1 in 8th, the championship leader over a second off the time of Marquez, and ahead of the factory Ducati of Andrea Dovizioso. Cal Crutchlow rounded out the top 10.

Results:

Pos No. Rider Bike Time Diff Diff Previous
1 93 Marc Marquez Honda 1'41.808    
2 26 Dani Pedrosa Honda 1'42.018 0.210 0.210
3 41 Aleix Espargaro Suzuki 1'42.183 0.375 0.165
4 99 Jorge Lorenzo Yamaha 1'42.458 0.650 0.275
5 25 Maverick Viñales Suzuki 1'42.555 0.747 0.097
6 68 Yonny Hernandez Ducati 1'42.594 0.786 0.039
7 69 Nicky Hayden Honda 1'42.623 0.815 0.029
8 46 Valentino Rossi Yamaha 1'42.938 1.130 0.315
9 4 Andrea Dovizioso Ducati 1'42.945 1.137 0.007
10 35 Cal Crutchlow Honda 1'42.957 1.149 0.012
11 29 Andrea Iannone Ducati 1'42.981 1.173 0.024
12 45 Scott Redding Honda 1'43.002 1.194 0.021
13 17 Karel Abraham Honda 1'43.008 1.200 0.006
14 44 Pol Espargaro Yamaha 1'43.116 1.308 0.108
15 38 Bradley Smith Yamaha 1'43.378 1.570 0.262
16 6 Stefan Bradl Yamaha Forward 1'43.536 1.728 0.158
17 8 Hector Barbera Ducati 1'44.059 2.251 0.523
18 50 Eugene Laverty Honda 1'44.062 2.254 0.003
19 43 Jack Miller Honda 1'44.357 2.549 0.295
20 76 Loris Baz Yamaha Forward 1'44.594 2.786 0.237
21 9 Danilo Petrucci Ducati 1'44.603 2.795 0.009
22 19 Alvaro Bautista Aprilia 1'44.676 2.868 0.073
23 63 Mike Di Meglio Ducati 1'44.768 2.960 0.092
24 15 Alex De Angelis ART 1'44.865 3.057 0.097
25 33 Marco Melandri Aprilia 1'45.270 3.462 0.405

 

Round Number: 
7
2015
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Comments

Could this be a new strategy to use the cooler morning air and light fuel to put in a lap to get them into Q2?