2015 Assen MotoGP FP2 Result: Pedrosa And Marquez Take Honda One-Two

Dani Pedrosa has topped the second session of free practice for the MotoGP class at Honda. The Repsol Honda rider was fast for much of the session, then set a very quick lap at the end of the session once the battle for Q2 commenced. Marc Marquez ended the session in 2nd, but he did so by setting a very quick lap early, despite having a major moment on a previous lap. Marquez is still visibly struggling to get the bike stopped, his Honda RC213V still sliding wildly and running wide into the first corner. 

Valentino Rossi looked to have the strongest race pace, leading the session early and maintaining a strong pace. He ended in 3rd, ahead of Andrea Iannone and Cal Crutchlow, both of whom posted fast laps at the end of the session to secure their spots in Q2. Jorge Lorenzo concentrated on race pace, ending the session in 6th but never showing the dominant pace he has in previous races, while Andrea Dovizioso put the second Ducati into 7th. 

Aleix Espargaro ended the session in 8th, the Suzuki rider quicker on race pace than a single lap. Danilo Petrucci was the impressive filling in a Suzuki sandwich, the Pramac Ducati rider ending in 9th, just ahead of Maverick Viñales on the other Suzuki.

Both Tech 3 riders and Scott Redding all missed out on Q2, which will be a worry. Though the weather forecast keeps changing throughout the day, there are no guarantees that it will be dry tomorrow morning, with the possibility that all three of them will be forced to go through Q1.

Results:

Pos No. Rider Bike Time Diff Diff Previous
1 26 Dani Pedrosa Honda 1'33.450    
2 93 Marc Marquez Honda 1'33.589 0.139 0.139
3 46 Valentino Rossi Yamaha 1'33.652 0.202 0.063
4 29 Andrea Iannone Ducati 1'33.699 0.249 0.047
5 35 Cal Crutchlow Honda 1'33.734 0.284 0.035
6 99 Jorge Lorenzo Yamaha 1'33.741 0.291 0.007
7 4 Andrea Dovizioso Ducati 1'33.844 0.394 0.103
8 41 Aleix Espargaro Suzuki 1'33.857 0.407 0.013
9 9 Danilo Petrucci Ducati 1'34.133 0.683 0.276
10 25 Maverick Viñales Suzuki 1'34.232 0.782 0.099
11 44 Pol Espargaro Yamaha 1'34.321 0.871 0.089
12 68 Yonny Hernandez Ducati 1'34.406 0.956 0.085
13 38 Bradley Smith Yamaha 1'34.627 1.177 0.221
14 45 Scott Redding Honda 1'34.643 1.193 0.016
15 6 Stefan Bradl Yamaha Forward 1'34.664 1.214 0.021
16 76 Loris Baz Yamaha Forward 1'34.897 1.447 0.233
17 50 Eugene Laverty Honda 1'35.047 1.597 0.150
18 69 Nicky Hayden Honda 1'35.149 1.699 0.102
19 19 Alvaro Bautista Aprilia 1'35.489 2.039 0.340
20 8 Hector Barbera Ducati 1'35.538 2.088 0.049
21 43 Jack Miller Honda 1'35.646 2.196 0.108
22 63 Mike Di Meglio Ducati 1'35.663 2.213 0.017
23 15 Alex De Angelis ART 1'36.869 3.419 1.206
24 33 Marco Melandri Aprilia 1'37.225 3.775 0.356

 

Round Number: 
8
2015
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All the Yamaha riders except Lorenzo put the hard rear on, to start the session. Rossi's times were very respectable on the hard rear before switching back to the Medium, at the end, to lower his time for qualifying. Will be interesting to see if he tries using it again tomorrow, if so, it could be viable for the race. He is the only one I saw getting good times out of it.

"Marquez is still visibly struggling to get the bike stopped..."

While Peddles looks to be on rails, Marc Mayhem fell, drove all over the track, and nearly torpedoed several riders. The longer this goes on, the less I'm convinced that the bike is all that awful. IMO, HRC's real concern should be the 3 pounds of over-stimulated goo lodged in #93's helmet. Remember, it's all fun and games until someone gets hurt. Here's hoping the sedatives kick in before that happens.