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Jorge Lorenzo has ended the day as the fastest man in MotoGP, after a tense battle with Marc Marquez over FP2. All throughout the session, Marquez and Lorenzo swapped places at the top of the timesheets, with occasional interruption from the factory Ducati riders. Marquez seemed to get the upper hand at the end, but Lorenzo first matched his time exactly, then went on to better it. But not by much: at the end, the difference was just three thousandths of a second.
Andrea Dovizioso took 3rd spot behind Marquez, leading his teammate Andrea Iannone but a hundredth of a second, and CWM LCR Honda by three hundredths of a second. Pol Espargaro put in a strong lap to grab 6th, but a couple of laps later he went on to have a massive highside, from which he was lucky to walk away, albeit very gingerly. Dani Pedrosa took 7th spot, the Repsol Honda rider ending the day just ahead of Scott Redding on the Marc VDS Honda, who was in turn only marginally quicker than Bradley Smith on the second Tech 3 Yamaha.
Valentino Rossi struggled to find some pace, the championship leader lingering mid table for much of the session. A late push put him into the top 10, but he was lucky to hold on to 10th at the end. The margins are small, however: Rossi is just two thirds of a second slower than his teammate, and less than two tenths slower than Pol Espargaro in 6th.
It was the turn of Efren Vazquez to defend the honor of the Leopard Racing Team on Friday afternoon at Indianapolis, the veteran Basque rider easily topping the timesheets of the second session of Moto3 practice. Fabio Quartararo took second slot, a tenth of a second behind Vazquez, and ahead of Niccolo Antonelli.
Danny Kent could not continue his dominance during the afternoon, not being able to benefit from new tires at the end of the session, and finishing the day in 4th. Jorge Navarro ended the day in 5th, an impressive performance after injuring a toe in a big crash in the morning. Miguel Oliveira was the first KTM, finishing in 6th behind a fleet of Hondas.
Alex Rins was the fastest man in the first session of free practice in the Moto2 class. The HP Pons rider put in a late charge to take over at the top of the standings, and held on at the end to finish top. Jonas Folger ended the day in 2nd, holding off a stiff challenge from Tito Rabat. Rabat was lucky to stay on early in the session, the reigning world champion having a massive moment and nearly being thrown clear of the saddle of his Marc VDS Kalex.
Dominique Aegerter ended the session in 4th, still just two tenths off the pace of Rins, and ahead of Mika Kallio and Sam Lowes. Lowes had led the session early on, but dropped down the standings as the session progressed. His 6th place time still put him less than a third of a second behind Rins. Championship leader Johann Zarco got off to a slow start, ending FP1 down in 15th, though his gap to the front was less than eight tenths of a second.
Jorge Lorenzo has topped the first session of free practice for the MotoGP class. The Movistar Yamaha rider was fast from the start, and ended the session swapping places with Marc Marquez, finally coming out on top. Marquez was forced to settle for 2nd, though he is less than a tenth behind Lorenzo, and being this fast out of the gate will give him some encouragement that the speed he found in the last couple of races was not an illusion.
Andrea Dovizioso took 3rd spot, the factory Ducati rider quickly up to speed at Indianapolis, and just edging out Dani Pedrosa, who was just under four tenths slower than Lorenzo, and three tenths off the pace of his Repsol Honda teammate. Valentino Rossi ended the session in 5th, the championship leader nearly three quarters of a second slower than his teammate, and only a few thousandths faster than Andrea Iannone on the second Ducati. Cal Crutchlow was the best satellite rider in 7th, the CWM LCR Honda man two tenths quicker than the Tech 3 Yamaha of Pol Espargaro.
Danny Kent's reign of terror continues in Moto3, the British rider dominating for most of the first session of free practice. Kent took the lead early, relinquished it briefly as a gaggle of KTMs took over at the top, then went back out and put nearly six tenths of a second over the opposition at the Indianapolis circuit. Unfortunately for Kent, he crashed on the next lap, walking away unhurt. No one could match his pace, though.
Kent's Leopard Racing teammate Efren Vazquez ended the session in 2nd, ending ahead of Miguel Oliveira on the Red Bull KTM, the Portuguese rider now fully recovered from the surgery to fix the left hand he injured at the Sachsenring. Niccolo Antonelli took 4th spot, ahead of Enea Bastianini.
Kent was not the only rider to have crashed during FP1. After heavy rain yesterday, the track was still very green, catching several riders out. Kent crashed towards the end of the session, as did Romano Fenati. Both Fenati and Kent were unhurt, but Jorge Navarro, who fell earlier in the session, fared less well, being badly shaken in his crash.
Twenty nine short laps away from the summer break, Moto2 took place in good racing weather.
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