Espargaro Stays Ahead In Second Practice At Losail


Aleix Espargaro continued his and Forward Racing’s excellent start to the Qatar Grand Prix weekend by setting the pace again in FP2. The Spaniard was the only rider to break into the 1:54s as he outpaced Ducati’s Andrea Dovizioso, both demonstrating the pace advantage with the open class-exclusive soft tyre.

Younger brother Pol Espargaro was straight on the pace upon leaving the garage but the relative lack of grip early on caught the rookie out as the back end of his Tech 3 Yamaha stepped out at turn nine, throwing off the motorcycle by the time he arrived at turn ten. Despite initially feeling some pain in his right hand, the Moto2 champion made a swift return to his garage and if that wasn’t impressive enough, Pol went straight to the top of the timesheets on his spare bike, setting a 1:55.913.

The elder Espargaro would go on to dominate though with the open-class soft tyres enabling him to set a 1:54.989, three tenths clear of Dovizioso who used the same rubber to set his time. Alvaro Bautista remained the quickest ‘factory’ runner in third with the two Repsol Hondas fourth and fifth, led by Dani Pedrosa. Teammate Marc Marquez made steady progress but he wasn’t without his issues, losing control at the same corner as Pol Espargaro and miraculously rescued the situation before hitting the deck.

Bradley Smith remains a front running contender after ending the session in sixth ahead of Stefan Bradl and Pol Espargaro with Valentino Rossi the first factory Yamaha rider in ninth. Jorge Lorenzo was only eleventh behind Andrea Iannone, showing signs of genuine frustration in his garage, and the double world champion knows he must improve in FP3 later tonight or face the embarrassment of a place in Q1.

Cal Crutchlow was fourteenth on the second factory Ducati while Scott Redding made excellent progress to take sixteenth, the second fastest production Honda.

 

2014 COMMERCIAL BANK GRAND PRIX OF QATAR – COMBINED TIMES AFTER FP2
POS RIDER MOTORCYCLE TEAM TIME
1  ALEIX ESPARGARO FORWARD YAMAHA NGM FORWARD RACING 1:54.989
2  ANDREA DOVIZIOSO DUCATI DUCATI TEAM 1:55.320
3  ALVARO BAUTISTA HONDA GO&FUN HONDA GRESINI 1:55.446
4  DANI PEDROSA HONDA REPSOL HONDA TEAM 1:55.562
5  MARC MARQUEZ HONDA REPSOL HONDA TEAM 1:55.607
6  BRADLEY SMITH YAMAHA MONSTER YAMAHA TECH 3 1:55.650
7  STEFAN BRADL HONDA LCR HONDA MOTOGP 1:55.856
8  POL ESPARGARO YAMAHA MONSTER YAMAHA TECH 3 1:55.913
9  VALENTINO ROSSI YAMAHA MOVISTAR YAMAHA MOTOGP 1:55.984
10  ANDREA IANNONE DUCATI ENERGY T.I. PRAMAC RACING 1:55.996
11  JORGE LORENZO YAMAHA MOVISTAR YAMAHA MOTOGP 1:56.172
12  COLIN EDWARDS FORWARD YAHAMA NGM FORWARD RACING 1:56.238
13  NICKY HAYDEN HONDA DRIVE M7 ASPAR 1:56.670
14  CAL CRUTCHLOW DUCATI DUCATI TEAM 1:56.720
15  YONNY HERNANDEZ DUCATI IGNITE PRAMAC RACING TEAM 1:57.119
16  SCOTT REDDING HONDA GO&FUN HONDA GRESINI 1:57.296
17  KAREL ABRAHAM HONDA CARDION AB MOTORACING 1:57.368
18  HIROSHI AOYAMA HONDA DRIVE M7 ASPAR 1:57.634
19  HECTOR BARBERA AVINTIA AVINTIA RACING 1:58.290
20  MIKE DI MEGLIO AVINTIA AVINTIA RACING 1:58.410
21  BROC PARKES PBM PAUL BIRD MOTORSPORT 1:58.436
22  DANILO PETRUCCI ART IODARACING PROJECT 1:59.078
23  MICHAEL LAVERTY PBM PAUL BIRD MOTORSPORT 1:59.646