2015 Valencia MotoGP FP1 Results: Marquez Quickest Ahead Of Lorenzo

Marc Marquez was both quickest and most entertaining in the opening session of the last weekend of the year. With what should have been a crash, the wünderkind of MotoGP saved a front tyre slide on his knee and merely lost some time on the lap. He also fended off title condender Jorge Lorenzo with just under two tenths of a second advantage. Dani Pedrosa and Andrea Dovizioso were within four tenths with Valentino Rossi fourth quickest, aiming to get as much practice in and end up in the press conference in spite of having a penalty that will be applied after qualifying to send him to the back of the grid.

Results:

Pos. Num. Rider Bike Time Gap 1st Prev.
1 93 Marc MARQUEZ Honda 1'31.250    
2 99 Jorge LORENZO Yamaha 1'31.434 0.184 0.184
3 26 Dani PEDROSA Honda 1'31.553 0.303 0.119
4 4 Andrea DOVIZIOSO Ducati 1'31.642 0.392 0.089
5 46 Valentino ROSSI Yamaha 1'31.665 0.415 0.023
6 44 Pol ESPARGARO Yamaha 1'31.892 0.642 0.227
7 29 Andrea IANNONE Ducati 1'32.192 0.942 0.300
8 35 Cal CRUTCHLOW Honda 1'32.260 1.010 0.068
9 41 Aleix ESPARGARO Suzuki 1'32.359 1.109 0.099
10 68 Yonny HERNANDEZ Ducati 1'32.412 1.162 0.053
11 6 Stefan BRADL Aprilia 1'32.514 1.264 0.102
12 9 Danilo PETRUCCI Ducati 1'32.574 1.324 0.060
13 51 Michele PIRRO Ducati 1'32.724 1.474 0.150
14 19 Alvaro BAUTISTA Aprilia 1'32.725 1.475 0.001
15 63 Mike DI MEGLIO Ducati 1'32.797 1.547 0.072
16 25 Maverick VIÑALES Suzuki 1'32.801 1.551 0.004
17 38 Bradley SMITH Yamaha 1'32.841 1.591 0.040
18 8 Hector BARBERA Ducati 1'32.927 1.677 0.086
19 69 Nicky HAYDEN Honda 1'32.978 1.728 0.051
20 43 Jack MILLER Honda 1'33.049 1.799 0.071
21 50 Eugene LAVERTY Honda 1'33.097 1.847 0.048
22 45 Scott REDDING Honda 1'33.143 1.893 0.046
23 76 Loris BAZ Yamaha Forward 1'33.211 1.961 0.068
24 24 Toni ELIAS Yamaha Forward 1'33.657 2.407 0.446
25 13 Anthony WEST Honda 1'33.837 2.587 0.180
26 23 Broc PARKES ART 1'35.290 4.040 1.453

 

Round Number: 
18
2015
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Comments

Marc Marquez was amazing in saving another crash, the "O" of the Repsol graphic on his forearm showing that he used that old Marquez elbow trick to help with the save. He looks like he's on a mission. For the record, I've been a rather big Rossi fan since 1997 (when he was transforming into 'Valentinik') and quite a big fan since 2000 (when he became the 'Doctor'). I have watched every race and could count on my hands how many practice sessions I have missed since then. But this is the first session I can remember that Rossi clearly avoided eye-contact with the cameras, even after glancing up at the monitors and seeing he was on air (as he always does) only to look away - where he always, always, always waved and smiled in the past. This can be argued to be down to many things, of course, but I think what is absolutely clear is that if you have done nothing wrong and have behaved honorably, you would not avert your eyes from the glare of the rest of the world's eyes which you know are all on you like never before.

Body-language speaks volumes.

I completely agree that body language speaks volumes... but the interpretation of it is still up to the percipient, isn't it? He may as well be just fed up atm with Dorna/FIM/whoever/...? I wouldn't necessarily account it to a bad conscience.

Is that a metal umlaut for emphasis? As I remember, Wunderkind doesn't have an umlaut in any language. ;)

My bet he is focused like never before in his life...in no mood to be the class clown. After years of hard work, he will be remembered by what happens in this race.

Many people stop smiling and drop niceties when they are under pressure. Rossi may be all sorts of things but he's also human. For him, the opening time is good.... A good comment in an article on BSN was that he probably 'has the knife between his teeth'. I don't doubt it. He has a lot at stake.