2016 Silverstone MotoGP FP2 Result: Iannone Hammers The Opposition

Similar conditions to the morning session greeted the riders post-lunchbreak, although Andrea Iannone only needed some ten minutes to set the fastest lap of the day. The early benchmark stood until the preventive shootout for a top ten place jumbled the order at the top, but a last lap rush got Iannone back in charge at the flag.

That bumped down morning leader Maverick Viñales, who still grabbed second position, three tenths off the Italian. Cal Crutchlow delighted the home crowd by briefly leading the session but the British rider fell back to third, almost half a second off the leader.

Jorge Lorenzo was the first Yamaha in fourth place, despite causing a few frowns by spending the final part of the session outside of the top ten. He was followed by Marc Marquez in fifth, a pretty uneventful session by his own standards, finishing off with a twitchy practice start and an improvement of over a second from his FP1 time.

Valentino Rossi kept close to his title rival, only two hundredths of a second separating him from the Spaniard. A still injured Andrea Dovizioso sneaked ahead of Aleix Espargaro on his final lap, the Italian finishing seventh. In case of a rainy FP3, two other riders who will be smiling tomorrow morning are Dani Pedrosa, who enjoyed a bit of time as the lead Honda in the session, and Scott Redding, the Pramac rider completing the top ten.

Results:               

Pos. Num. Rider Bike Time Gap 1st Prev.
1 29 Andrea IANNONE Ducati 2'01.421    
2 25 Maverick VIÑALES Suzuki 2'01.721 0.300 0.300
3 35 Cal CRUTCHLOW Honda 2'01.917 0.496 0.196
4 99 Jorge LORENZO Yamaha 2'02.032 0.611 0.115
5 93 Marc MARQUEZ Honda 2'02.240 0.819 0.208
6 46 Valentino ROSSI Yamaha 2'02.262 0.841 0.022
7 4 Andrea DOVIZIOSO Ducati 2'02.267 0.846 0.005
8 41 Aleix ESPARGARO Suzuki 2'02.364 0.943 0.097
9 26 Dani PEDROSA Honda 2'02.372 0.951 0.008
10 45 Scott REDDING Ducati 2'02.533 1.112 0.161
11 44 Pol ESPARGARO Yamaha 2'02.573 1.152 0.040
12 8 Hector BARBERA Ducati 2'02.608 1.187 0.035
13 9 Danilo PETRUCCI Ducati 2'02.985 1.564 0.377
14 50 Eugene LAVERTY Ducati 2'03.118 1.697 0.133
15 76 Loris BAZ Ducati 2'03.370 1.949 0.252
16 68 Yonny HERNANDEZ Ducati 2'03.380 1.959 0.010
17 43 Jack MILLER Honda 2'03.631 2.210 0.251
18 6 Stefan BRADL Aprilia 2'03.642 2.221 0.011
19 22 Alex LOWES Yamaha 2'03.855 2.434 0.213
20 19 Alvaro BAUTISTA Aprilia 2'04.400 2.979 0.545
21 53 Tito RABAT Honda 2'05.196 3.775 0.796

 

Round Number: 
12
2016
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Comments

Things haven't changed.  Dani has always been happy to play the "Dani Sordo" side kick role for HRC.

Dani needs to get into the gym yesterday and gain a lot of muscle mass.  Thats the only way he's going to get his weight up to improve his feeling with the tire.  You can't be a lightweight jockey and wonder why it's sliding & wheeling all over the place.  It's a little scary with Cal & Jack both winning with the bike in a customer team.  Now it's your turn Tito, show Dani the way!  :D

You're joking right? I run a small fitness training business and know first hand (from my own workout routine and from my clients) how hard it is to "gain a lot of muscle mass".

Besides which a bunch of muscle mass could cause more issues than it solves.  I have no idea what it feels like like physically to swing a MotoGP bike from 60+ degrees of angle on one side to the other going at much faster than highway speeds but I imagine lean muscle might be better than huge mass to get the job done.

Regardless, I assume Dani is in pretty good shape and trains specifically for what he and his trainers think is the best way to prepare for motorcycle racing. Maybe I'm taking your comment too seriously though - my apologies if I don't have my humour glasses on today :)

I think he was basically saying that Pedrosa is too light for the electronics package to work well. At least that is what the press has been saying. He wasn't referring to strength. 

Dani should have changed to another manu's bike. Anything but Aprilia would have been good to see.

Honda will have a better bike next year and he will do ok. Just ok.

For someone who had only ridden 15 laps on a motogp bike Lowes is doing pretty well IMHO.  2.5 seconds off the top, 2.5 seconds faster in the second session that his previous best, and all with no previous experience of carbon brakes until his test last week, you have to take your hat off.  He must be having the buzz of his life getting to race at Silverstone on a Motogp bike.  Shame about Smith, but the ride went to the right lad.

The solution for Dani would be a smoother engine and the first batch of pre-season Michelin rears. Adding a few pounds is not going to make too much difference. Remember part of his difficulties are also related to his reach to the bars. Even if he gains weight its still going to be sitting right smack in the middle of the bike. Its so unfortunate that he couldnt move to either Suzuki or Yamaha. I think he must be kicking himself for asking Suzuki for 8 million a couple of years ago. It could have been a very succesful mid term partnership for him and the factory. Even better would have been to see him on an M1.