2016 Sepang MotoGP FP1 Result: Marquez Lays Down A Marker

Marc Marquez ended the first session of free practice on top of the timesheets, as the MotoGP pack took to the track in dry and relatively cool conditions. With rain threatening for the rest of the weekend, the rack was busy from the off, riders searching for a dry set up. 

Suzuki's Maverick Viñales was a constant threat at the top of the timesheets, leading on and off, but the Spaniard would be outdone by Marc Marquez in the final third of the session, the Repsol Honda rider taking a clear lead. Viñales held on to second, just ahead of Pramac Ducati's Scott Redding. 

Andrea Iannone was the second Ducati home, the Italian putting in a quick lap fresh from his return from injury, and just pipping Valentino Rossi into fifth. The Movistar Yamaha rider had hovered near the top of the timesheets throughout, but late charges by others knocked him down the order, despite very tight margins in the top eight. 

Rossi's teammate Jorge Lorenzo ended the session in tenth spot, safely through to Q2 should it rain for the rest of the weekend. A mistake on his final lap meant no further improvement was possible.

Results:

Pos No. Rider Bike Time Diff Diff Previous
1 93 Marc Marquez Honda 2'01.210    
2 25 Maverick Viñales Suzuki 2'01.478 0.268 0.268
3 45 Scott Redding Ducati 2'01.507 0.297 0.029
4 29 Andrea Iannone Ducati 2'01.521 0.311 0.014
5 46 Valentino Rossi Yamaha 2'01.611 0.401 0.090
6 8 Hector Barbera Ducati 2'01.667 0.457 0.056
7 41 Aleix Espargaro Suzuki 2'01.774 0.564 0.107
8 68 Yonny Hernandez Ducati 2'01.815 0.605 0.041
9 19 Alvaro Bautista Aprilia 2'02.011 0.801 0.196
10 99 Jorge Lorenzo Yamaha 2'02.013 0.803 0.002
11 9 Danilo Petrucci Ducati 2'02.036 0.826 0.023
12 6 Stefan Bradl Aprilia 2'02.164 0.954 0.128
13 35 Cal Crutchlow Honda 2'02.334 1.124 0.170
14 38 Bradley Smith Yamaha 2'02.484 1.274 0.150
15 4 Andrea Dovizioso Ducati 2'02.561 1.351 0.077
16 43 Jack Miller Honda 2'02.600 1.390 0.039
17 44 Pol Espargaro Yamaha 2'02.732 1.522 0.132
18 50 Eugene Laverty Ducati 2'03.013 1.803 0.281
19 53 Tito Rabat Honda 2'03.108 1.898 0.095
20 7 Hiroshi Aoyama Honda 2'03.901 2.691 0.793
21 76 Loris Baz Ducati 2'04.623 3.413 0.722

 

Round Number: 
17
2016
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As Scott was born in the same town as me (although *many* afterwards!), I always smile when he does well.  And I definitely want him to beat Petrucci in the race to get the GP17 for next year.