2015 Brno MotoGP FP2 Result: Marquez Tops Crash-Filled Session

Marc Marquez topped the timesheets in the second session of free practice for the MotoGP class, but it wasn't Marquez' speed which was the talking point of FP2. High temperatures, a greasy track and a mechanical problem with Dani Pedrosa's bike turned FP2 into a crash fest, with a host of riders going down. Valentino Rossi was the first to go at the start of the session, the Movistar Yamaha rider losing the front after smoke started coming from Dani Pedrosa's Honda. Pedrosa followed a second later, his crash and Rossi the result of a fork seal letting go and spilling fork oil onto the carbon brake discs, where the oil caught fire, putting smoke and possibly oil onto the track. The crash put an end to Pedrosa's session, the Spaniard suffering a suspected heel fracture, and being taken off to the Clinica Mobile for further examination.

More riders followed, though not at the last chicane where Pedrosa and Rossi had gone down. As track temperatures rose to well over 50° C, the surface became extremely greasy, riders tumbling in every corner. Andrea Dovizioso, Mike Di Meglio, Bradley Smith, and even Marc Marquez all ended up in the gravel, as tires fought a losing battle with the diminishing grip.

At the end of the session, it was Marquez who was fastest, finishing just ahead of Jorge Lorenzo. Andrea Iannone was 3rd fastest, a third of a second ahead of Valentino Rossi, who had returned unhurt from his crash and continued on his second bike. Pol Espargaro made a big step in the afternoon, moving up to 5th and securing a provisional slot in Q2, while Andrea Dovizioso was 6th.


Pos No. Rider Bike Time Diff Diff Previous
1 93 Marc Marquez Honda 1'56.513    
2 99 Jorge Lorenzo Yamaha 1'56.589 0.076 0.076
3 29 Andrea Iannone Ducati 1'56.750 0.237 0.161
4 46 Valentino Rossi Yamaha 1'57.074 0.561 0.324
5 44 Pol Espargaro Yamaha 1'57.078 0.565 0.004
6 4 Andrea Dovizioso Ducati 1'57.178 0.665 0.100
7 41 Aleix Espargaro Suzuki 1'57.202 0.689 0.024
8 35 Cal Crutchlow Honda 1'57.229 0.716 0.027
9 38 Bradley Smith Yamaha 1'57.494 0.981 0.265
10 68 Yonny Hernandez Ducati 1'57.544 1.031 0.050
11 9 Danilo Petrucci Ducati 1'57.575 1.062 0.031
12 25 Maverick Viñales Suzuki 1'57.607 1.094 0.032
13 8 Hector Barbera Ducati 1'57.718 1.205 0.111
14 45 Scott Redding Honda 1'57.860 1.347 0.142
15 6 Stefan Bradl Aprilia 1'58.484 1.971 0.624
16 43 Jack Miller Honda 1'58.512 1.999 0.028
17 26 Dani Pedrosa Honda 1'58.631 2.118 0.119
18 76 Loris Baz Yamaha Forward 1'58.678 2.165 0.047
19 69 Nicky Hayden Honda 1'58.812 2.299 0.134
20 19 Alvaro Bautista Aprilia 1'59.120 2.607 0.308
21 50 Eugene Laverty Honda 1'59.305 2.792 0.185
22 63 Mike Di Meglio Ducati 1'59.482 2.969 0.177
23 15 Alex De Angelis ART 1'59.680 3.167 0.198
24 71 Claudio Corti Yamaha Forward 2'00.781 4.268 1.101
25 17 Karel Abraham Honda 2'01.261 4.748 0.480


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There Dani Pedrosa.

We were sitting in T2 all confused as the screens focussed on Rossi but the bike on the ground was smoking away, took a couple of minutes to figure out what was going on.

If the temperature stays like this all weekend the factory concession teams without hard rubber will have big race day problems.

Very hot here but Brno as ever has been great. This race HAS to stay on the calendar.

He's had his fair share of bad luck. However, he's made millions of € doing what he loves; he still has his health. Not every physicist gets to win the Nobel prize. I think he's relatively lucky.

I see Dani as a rider missing a certain something that is necessary for greatness. And Spies as having had it but also having something extra around that was a demon in the shadows. Opposites.

Luck? I think we should look in the whole of the team and garage for the story there. And it isn't made visible like what our riders can't hide on the track. Really, there is something for a team "having lots of bad luck" to either cultivate that isnt or exorcise that is. A bird that hits your face shield at Phillip Island? Luck. Equipment issues? Not luck.

Eager to see what the new engine can do for the Ducatis. Anyone have sector specifics or notes on how they are doing getting power down? Lap times looking promising. While anything but a Ducatisti or Italiophile, nor necessarily a fan of those specific riders per se, the rise of the David to get the Goliath up front is fantastic. Iannone is really growing into a great rider. His embracing of the moniker "Maniac Joe" seems correlated with his trancending of unbridled riding inseparable from the Gigi bike doing the same. Keep going Team Italia!

I see a regrettable loss in what may be missed out on us all getting to experience with ONE rider that has entered their precious prime ripening period and may rot on the vine (and perhaps this isnt just anticipated but has begun?). A.Espargaro 41 at Suzuki. NOW is the time, for 2016, to get him on a bike and team that has the capacity for an Alien. And I see the Ducati Factory Team as a fantastic fit. There is no shortage of cheering and support for Suzuki to draft up into the front as well, but the bike will be a while in development. It needs more than just a seamless, it needs power to push the top 2 gears. And time. And more budget. When I have bananas that get brown spots I am saddened at the lost opportunity and waste of goodness. All this talk of young undeveloped riders making the jump to MotoGP, speculation re the next budding Alien, every time I read them this is in the back of my mind.

The track - poignant that Brno is right after Indianapolis, contrast the BEAUTIFUL array of lines to arc in battle here. Single race line tracks are so less rich, and that was SO evident at Indy. Even my beloved Laguna Seca had some real limitations re passing opportunity. And access for getting into the facility. And expense of lodging. Brno, you have such SPLENDOR and what is the nature of your limitation? Human greed, hunger for power, unenlightened bureaucracy, and ineptitude. Shame.

Look at Bradl and Pol! Great work fellas!

Now that Dani boy is really out of podium contention two days from now, seems like hrc wouldn't have to worry about Dani taking points away from Marc(pun intended).

And who would be more concerned about Dani than hrc? Yeah.. U guessed it... Lorenzo...

With no one to keep vr46 on check it's going to be real battle between #99 and #46... I can see Lorenzo and Vale securing consecutive steps on the podium...

I completely agree with the amazing contrast between circuits....its rather unfortunate timing for Indy to have such a splendid old circuit on display less than a week after.

and now if someone could tell the TV director to please stop giving Jorge Lorenzo the majority of the FP coverage!!!!! I think the only time I saw Rossi in this 40 minutes is briefly when he crashed!

Ridiculously frustrating bias towards Lorenzo in the coverage.

Ducati may be back.....