2016 Misano MotoGP FP2 Result: Fast Espargaro, Consistent Lorenzo

If keeping count of cancelled lap times, you might have been under the impression that you were watching a Moto3 session this afternoon, but no, it was indeed the big boys being naughty in Misano.

After Jorge Lorenzo held the lead for a significant portion of FP2, it was Pol Espargaro who took an extra step from this morning to lead another session for Yamaha. Following the world championship leader on track, Espargaro put in a lap almost half a second faster than Lorenzo’s previous benchmark, becoming the first man into the 1:32s. While the rest chipped away at his lead, he still kept top position as the checkered flag came out.

God Ra also smiled on Dani Pedrosa, the forty degrees of track temperature helping the small Spaniard into second position, less than a tenth off the Tech 3 leader. Ducati put a man into the top three as well, Andrea Dovizioso a tenth off the lead.

Jorge Lorenzo also basked in the sunshine, some more heat in the front tyre helping him on his way to top spot for most of the session, falling back to fourth eventually but showing consistent pace, ahead of championship rival Marc Marquez, the Honda rider only a tenth behind.

After leading the morning session to the delight of the audience, Valentino Rossi didn’t pick up much pace but did pick a fight with an impeding Aleix Espargaro. An agitated Italian crossed the line sixth, ahead of Cal Crutchlow, Scott Redding and Hector Barbera, all within two tenths of the Yamaha veteran.

Maverick Viñales was an early leader, dropping back eventually to the bottom of the top ten after several cancelled lap times, pipping his teammate for tenth on the last lap.

Andrea Iannone did not take part in FP2 as he was still tending to a fractured vertebra from the fast fall suffered in the morning, his participation in the race unclear until further checks.

Results:                               

Pos. Num. Rider Bike Time Gap 1st Prev.
1 44 Pol ESPARGARO Yamaha 1'32.769    
2 26 Dani PEDROSA Honda 1'32.834 0.065 0.065
3 4 Andrea DOVIZIOSO Ducati 1'32.901 0.132 0.067
4 99 Jorge LORENZO Yamaha 1'33.056 0.287 0.155
5 93 Marc MARQUEZ Honda 1'33.196 0.427 0.140
6 46 Valentino ROSSI Yamaha 1'33.387 0.618 0.191
7 35 Cal CRUTCHLOW Honda 1'33.500 0.731 0.113
8 45 Scott REDDING Ducati 1'33.552 0.783 0.052
9 8 Hector BARBERA Ducati 1'33.581 0.812 0.029
10 25 Maverick VIÑALES Suzuki 1'33.629 0.860 0.048
11 41 Aleix ESPARGARO Suzuki 1'33.643 0.874 0.014
12 9 Danilo PETRUCCI Ducati 1'33.803 1.034 0.160
13 19 Alvaro BAUTISTA Aprilia 1'33.846 1.077 0.043
14 51 Michele PIRRO Ducati 1'33.885 1.116 0.039
15 22 Alex LOWES Yamaha 1'34.154 1.385 0.269
16 50 Eugene LAVERTY Ducati 1'34.457 1.688 0.303
17 6 Stefan BRADL Aprilia 1'34.631 1.862 0.174
18 68 Yonny HERNANDEZ Ducati 1'34.719 1.950 0.088
19 53 Tito RABAT Honda 1'34.725 1.956 0.006
20 43 Jack MILLER Honda 1'35.062 2.293 0.337
21 12 Javier FORES Ducati 1'36.046 3.277 0.984
  29 Andrea IANNONE Ducati      

 

Round Number: 
13
2016
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Comments

We wish! Bit late in the act for a substitute actor, though.

Lowes continues to impress, is he on a Yamaha or Crescent contract in WSBK? 

The videos showed Aleix hadn't impeded Rossi and Webb said as much. Val isn't always right and is more prone to tantrums as time goes on.

I somewhat concur.

Was Aleix on the line? Not really.
Was he impeding Valentino? Not really.

This really plays the crucial role here. I don't know much about racing motorcycles, but I know something about chasing times on a road bicycle and having someone worry you over the lines they take.

The ammount of concentration and adrenaline you have is huge, and if you even get a thought across of someone going to be in your way, it's so easy to knock you off your game and into a hissy fit.

I'm a mellow character usually, but sometimes when I cycle I can't contain my attitude and get really mad at nothing really. It's just the matter of being a peculiar set of biological beings beset with all sorts of strange chemical reactions I guess.

That being said, I understand why Vale would be frustrated, although to a bystander it looked like nothing really, and it wasn't much in itself.

What I want to say the most is that the entertainment value of that was immeasureable. The very Italian hand gesture saying "Che ca**o", and then saying it without the "che" part afterwards... I'm glad these guys are human, and I'm glad Dorna isn't afraid to show the finger.

In a day and age where everyone feels like they are being offended, having a set of colourful characters that aren't affraid to offend at least a little is great.