Marc Marquez apparently decided that the two-tenths margin he’d established in FP1 was insufficient, so he extended that gap to seven-tenths of a second in FP2 Friday at the Circuit of the Americas in Texas. Marquez did, however, make things interesting with a mid-practice crash when the front end washed out near the pit entrance at Turn 20. But by then, he’d already set the fast time, a habit he continued on his backup bike.
Andrea Iannone, hoping for a better weekend than the last one in Argentina, was second-fastest, just nipping Maverick Vinales (3rd) near the end of the day's practice. Last weekend, Iannone crashed out of the race with a podium in sight, taking his teammate Andrea Dovizioso with him. If the crash affected his confidence, it wasn't apparent at COTA where he has been in the top three in both practices thus far.
Scott Redding also has found something here in Austin, taking fourth-fastest in FP2 after grabbing sixth in the morning's FP1. Jorge Lorenzo was right on his heels in fifth, followed closely by teammate Valentino Rossi (6th). Loris Baz (7th) and Dan Pedrosa (8th) had nearly identical times, separated by four-thousandths. Andrea Dovizioso (9th) and Cal Crutchlow (10th) completed the top 10.
Worth noting is Marquez's place as the only Honda at the front. Pedrosa, his teammate and a rider who finished second here in 2014, hovered near the bottom of the top 10 throughout practice. Crutchlow's 10th makes it three Hondas in the top 10 but only one in the top seven. If Marquez wins Sunday, it will be his 10th win in a row on American soil.
|Pos.||No.||Rider||Bike||Time||Diff. / Prev.|
|2||29||Andrea IANNONE||Ducati||2'04.740||0.706 / 0.706|
|3||25||Maverick VIÑALES||Suzuki||2'04.895||0.861 / 0.155|
|4||45||Scott REDDING||Ducati||2'04.899||0.865 / 0.004|
|5||99||Jorge LORENZO||Yamaha||2'04.901||0.867 / 0.002|
|6||46||Valentino ROSSI||Yamaha||2'04.974||0.940 / 0.073|
|7||76||Loris BAZ||Ducati||2'05.190||1.156 / 0.216|
|8||26||Dani PEDROSA||Honda||2'05.194||1.160 / 0.004|
|9||4||Andrea DOVIZIOSO||Ducati||2'05.195||1.161 / 0.001|
|10||35||Cal CRUTCHLOW||Honda||2'05.393||1.359 / 0.198|
|11||8||Hector BARBERA||Ducati||2'05.488||1.454 / 0.095|
|12||51||Michele PIRRO||Ducati||2'05.597||1.563 / 0.109|
|13||44||Pol ESPARGARO||Yamaha||2'05.616||1.582 / 0.019|
|14||41||Aleix ESPARGARO||Suzuki||2'05.662||1.628 / 0.046|
|15||68||Yonny HERNANDEZ||Ducati||2'05.761||1.727 / 0.099|
|16||50||Eugene LAVERTY||Ducati||2'05.891||1.857 / 0.130|
|17||6||Stefan BRADL||Aprilia||2'05.922||1.888 / 0.031|
|18||19||Alvaro BAUTISTA||Aprilia||2'06.157||2.123 / 0.235|
|19||38||Bradley SMITH||Yamaha||2'06.479||2.445 / 0.322|
|20||43||Jack MILLER||Honda||2'06.777||2.743 / 0.298|
|21||53||Tito RABAT||Honda||2'07.044||3.010 / 0.267|