2015 Indianapolis MotoGP FP1 Result: Lorenzo And Marquez Swap Blows

Jorge Lorenzo has topped the first session of free practice for the MotoGP class. The Movistar Yamaha rider was fast from the start, and ended the session swapping places with Marc Marquez, finally coming out on top. Marquez was forced to settle for 2nd, though he is less than a tenth behind Lorenzo, and being this fast out of the gate will give him some encouragement that the speed he found in the last couple of races was not an illusion.

Andrea Dovizioso took 3rd spot, the factory Ducati rider quickly up to speed at Indianapolis, and just edging out Dani Pedrosa, who was just under four tenths slower than Lorenzo, and three tenths off the pace of his Repsol Honda teammate. Valentino Rossi ended the session in 5th, the championship leader nearly three quarters of a second slower than his teammate, and only a few thousandths faster than Andrea Iannone on the second Ducati. Cal Crutchlow was the best satellite rider in 7th, the CWM LCR Honda man two tenths quicker than the Tech 3 Yamaha of Pol Espargaro.

Mike Di Meglio put in an impressively quick lap on the Avintia Ducati to finish in 9th and fastest Open bike, ending just ahead of Maverick Viñales on the ECSTAR Suzuki. Suzuki's new partnership with Akrapovic may have helped the factory find a little bit more power, as both Viñales and Espargaro were just a few km/h off the top speeds of the factory Yamahas and Hondas. The factory Ducatis were the quickest in a straight line, as you might expect.


Pos No. Rider Bike Time Diff Diff Previous
1 99 Jorge Lorenzo Yamaha 1'33.654    
2 93 Marc Marquez Honda 1'33.747 0.093 0.093
3 4 Andrea Dovizioso Ducati 1'33.871 0.217 0.124
4 26 Dani Pedrosa Honda 1'34.050 0.396 0.179
5 46 Valentino Rossi Yamaha 1'34.374 0.720 0.324
6 29 Andrea Iannone Ducati 1'34.380 0.726 0.006
7 35 Cal Crutchlow Honda 1'34.461 0.807 0.081
8 44 Pol Espargaro Yamaha 1'34.669 1.015 0.208
9 63 Mike Di Meglio Ducati 1'34.794 1.140 0.125
10 25 Maverick Viñales Suzuki 1'34.897 1.243 0.103
11 8 Hector Barbera Ducati 1'34.925 1.271 0.028
12 41 Aleix Espargaro Suzuki 1'34.966 1.312 0.041
13 45 Scott Redding Honda 1'35.022 1.368 0.056
14 19 Alvaro Bautista Aprilia 1'35.066 1.412 0.044
15 68 Yonny Hernandez Ducati 1'35.131 1.477 0.065
16 38 Bradley Smith Yamaha 1'35.131 1.477  
17 9 Danilo Petrucci Ducati 1'35.249 1.595 0.118
18 69 Nicky Hayden Honda 1'35.340 1.686 0.091
19 50 Eugene Laverty Honda 1'35.603 1.949 0.263
20 43 Jack Miller Honda 1'35.936 2.282 0.333
21 15 Alex De Angelis ART 1'36.416 2.762 0.480
22 6 Stefan Bradl Aprilia 1'36.444 2.790 0.028
23 24 Toni Elias Honda 1'38.512 4.858 2.068


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I just looked at the data for this and I found this to be...strange. I took the average of the rider's runs (excluding obviously slower out / in laps - there was some judgment here but not much) and found this:
Rossi Lorenzo Marquez
Run 1 34.7 34.8 36.7
Run 2 35.0 33.9 35.6 (1 lap)
Run 3 35.3 33.9* 34.2
Run 4 N/A N/A 34.1

Lorenzo's 2nd 33.9 was part of a weird run and could be a 33.7 (1 lap) depending upon how you look at it. The thing that I find bizarre is that Rossi started fast, and then walked backwards in every subsequent run. Lorenzo made a big step, and then a small one. Marquez made 2 big steps - and Rossi made 2 negative steps!

Good observations, but keep in mind this is still just FP1. I'm sure that this data helps support the idea that Rossi (actually all 3 riders) is probably just testing some setup changes.

Valentino Rossi ended the session in 5th, the championship leader nearly a quarter of a second slower than his teammate
should be
"nearly 3 quarters of a second"

I've been out travelling - but is Tiger (I've actually won a GP) Toni back on the track?

Any context? And on a proper Honda? though times say no

... he is on a Open Honda as a sabstitute for an injured Karel Abraham, I guess as the only available (but also cheap) rider with previous MotoGP experiance...