2017 Jerez MotoGP FP2 Result: Pedrosa In The Wet, Pedrosa In The Dry

After the rainy adventures of FP1, team members in shorts probably felt much more comfortable in the 21 degrees of FP2. Timing screens were lighting up like Christmas trees as well, with a lot of red and orange to be found in dry conditions.

The weather might have changed but the Honda bikes seemed to enjoy just as much time at the top, with Marc Marquez, Cal Crutchlow and then Dani Pedrosa all holding the lead, Jack Miller close behind them – a familiar combination for most of the session.

The final five minutes saw most of the riders putting in the softer option rear tyre for a fast lap, with the notable exception of the reigning world champion. While Marquez continued to improve his time on used tyres, dropping him to fourteenth position, teammate Dani Pedrosa went half a second faster than the field. Miller proved to be the closest challenger, Crutchlow less than a tenth behind him.

Jorge Lorenzo lost a bit of the momentum from the morning session, stuck in fourteenth for much of the afternoon, before putting on the soft rear tyre to position himself fourth on the timing sheets, top Ducati in the session. Danilo Petrucci was close to claim the honour but finished less than a tenth behind Lorenzo.

Maverick Viñales slid out on a damp patch early into the session, leaving a trail of dusty mementos in turn nine, moments after Aleix Espargaro did exactly the same. The Yamaha man rejoined the track with fifteen minutes to go to record a sixth place and push his teammate out of the top ten.

Alvaro Bautista was the last within a second of Pedrosa, followed by Andrea Dovizioso in eighth position and the older Espargaro in ninth. Pol Espargaro completed the top ten while trying out KTM’s aero fairing and new engine package, the Spaniard a little over a second down on Pedrosa, a much improved result for the team.

Valentino Rossi picked it up where he left it in FP1, with one and a half seconds to recover on the leader and giving the 2017 aero fairing a run before ditching it for his final attack. While fast in sector two, his best time was only good enough for twelfth position.

Results:

Pos. Num. Rider Bike Time Gap 1st Prev.
1 26 Dani PEDROSA Honda 1'39.420    
2 43 Jack MILLER Honda 1'39.964 0.544 0.544
3 35 Cal CRUTCHLOW Honda 1'40.045 0.625 0.081
4 99 Jorge LORENZO Ducati 1'40.291 0.871 0.246
5 9 Danilo PETRUCCI Ducati 1'40.378 0.958 0.087
6 25 Maverick VIÑALES Yamaha 1'40.379 0.959 0.001
7 19 Alvaro BAUTISTA Ducati 1'40.392 0.972 0.013
8 4 Andrea DOVIZIOSO Ducati 1'40.428 1.008 0.036
9 41 Aleix ESPARGARO Aprilia 1'40.479 1.059 0.051
10 44 Pol ESPARGARO KTM 1'40.573 1.153 0.094
11 45 Scott REDDING Ducati 1'40.639 1.219 0.066
12 46 Valentino ROSSI Yamaha 1'40.698 1.278 0.059
13 94 Jonas FOLGER Yamaha 1'40.773 1.353 0.075
14 93 Marc MARQUEZ Honda 1'40.915 1.495 0.142
15 5 Johann ZARCO Yamaha 1'41.019 1.599 0.104
16 29 Andrea IANNONE Suzuki 1'41.165 1.745 0.146
17 53 Tito RABAT Honda 1'41.165 1.745  
18 38 Bradley SMITH KTM 1'41.432 2.012 0.267
19 12 Takuya TSUDA Suzuki 1'41.887 2.467 0.455
20 22 Sam LOWES Aprilia 1'41.905 2.485 0.018
21 17 Karel ABRAHAM Ducati 1'41.909 2.489 0.004
22 76 Loris BAZ Ducati 1'42.515 3.095 0.606
23 8 Hector BARBERA Ducati 1'42.630 3.210 0.115

 

Round Number: 
4
2017
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Comments

Very Happy for Miller. And KTM's surge up the order? I never expected it this soon. Guess they're going good witht he new engine configuration. 

I was inagining that the Yamahas would do well. I thought that Ducati & Honda might struggle.

It pleases me that Jack Miller seems to be going quite well.

at last Lorenzo can do a quick lap on the Ducati even if it's not getting him into the one minute thirty nines. 0.163 of a second faster than Dovi, whoopee. perhaps JL99 can start a bit closer to the front, hopefully finish the entire race & get some data to study. then make a little more progress. Jorge Lorenzo Says Ducati Desmosedici GP17 Is A "Difficult Bike" or would complicated be a better translation.

If Dani Pedrosa continues as the fastest Honda that puts real pressure on MM93.

really anticipating a good race.