2016 Argentina MotoGP FP2 Result: Marquez Leads A (Mostly) Honda Armada

With worries of Saturday rain making the second free practice mimic the upcoming third, Marc Marquez grabbed the top spot early in the tense session and held on Friday at the Termas de Rio Honda circuit in Argentina.

Marquez 1’41.579 put him a mere two-hundredths of a second clear of second-fastest Dani Pedrosa. Maverick Vinales overcame a mid session crash to take the third fastest time on his Suzuki, the lone non Honda in the top-five. Jack Miller, ended his FP2 in fourth after holding the second-fastest time for part of the 45-minute session. Cal Crutchlow set a fast lap late to take fifth.

With rain predicted for Saturday's FP3, riders used FP2 to try to establish a top-ten lap time if the FP3 times are slower. If riders don't improve in Saturday's free practice, then the combined times from Friday count toward Q1 and Q2 round placement. 

Scott Redding (6th) also saved his best for late in the session to finish just in front of Valentino Rossi (7th), race winner here last year. Aleix Espargaro managed eighth after two FP2 crashes. Bradley Smith (9th) and Andrea Dovizioso (10th) rounded out the top 10. A clearly frustrated Jorge Lorenzo -- 2015 World Champion and winner at round one this year in Qatar -- dropped to 14th late in the session after climbing as high as third early on.

Results:

Pos. No. Rider Bike Time Diff. / Prev.   
1 93 Marc MARQUEZ Honda 1'41.579    
2 26 Dani PEDROSA Honda 1'41.604 0.025 / 0.025
3 25 Maverick VIÑALES Suzuki 1'42.047 0.468 / 0.443
4 43 Jack MILLER Honda 1'42.375 0.796 / 0.328
5 35 Cal CRUTCHLOW Honda 1'42.451 0.872 / 0.076
6 45 Scott REDDING Ducati 1'42.458 0.879 / 0.007
7 46 Valentino ROSSI Yamaha 1'42.565 0.986 / 0.107
8 41 Aleix ESPARGARO Suzuki 1'42.576 0.997 / 0.011
9 38 Bradley SMITH Yamaha 1'42.595 1.016 / 0.019
10 4 Andrea DOVIZIOSO Ducati 1'42.635 1.056 / 0.040
11 8 Hector BARBERA Ducati 1'42.664 1.085 / 0.029
12 50 Eugene LAVERTY Ducati 1'42.724 1.145 / 0.060
13 44 Pol ESPARGARO Yamaha 1'42.774 1.195 / 0.050
14 99 Jorge LORENZO Yamaha 1'42.819 1.240 / 0.045
15 29 Andrea IANNONE Ducati 1'42.953 1.374 / 0.134
16 76 Loris BAZ Ducati 1'43.054 1.475 / 0.101
17 68 Yonny HERNANDEZ Ducati 1'43.242 1.663 / 0.188
18 53 Tito RABAT Honda 1'43.538 1.959 / 0.296
19 19 Alvaro BAUTISTA Aprilia 1'43.800 2.221 / 0.262
20 6 Stefan BRADL Aprilia 1'43.892 2.313 / 0.092
  51 Michele PIRRO Ducati      

 

Round Number: 
2
2016
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