Lorenzo Leads FP1 As MotoGP Arrives In Argentina


Jorge Lorenzo gave Movistar Yamaha a timely morale boost by setting the fastest time in first practice ahead of the Argentine Grand Prix at the new Autódromo Termas de Rio Hondo. The Spaniard beat Aleix Espargaro by half a second to put the factory Yamaha squad on top of a session for the first time in 2014 although times are sure to tumble as the weekend goes on.

The rapid rate of improvement was a feature of the first session on such a new circuit with grip levels improving throughout. Marc Marquez, predictably, was the man to beat early on but he demonstrated the dustiness of the track more than anyone with his Honda threatening to throw him off on occasions.

Lorenzo’s session started much slower with the former champion in and out of the pits but two minutes from time, Jorge broke into the 1:42s to knock Espargaro off the top of the timesheets. Alvaro Bautista, one of the few riders to have ridden here before in testing, leapt up to third ahead of Andrea Iannone while Bradley Smith edged out his Tech 3 teammate Pol Espargaro for fifth with a 1:43.806.

Stefan Bradl was seventh ahead of Andrea Dovizioso, one of the stars of Austin, while Nicky Hayden and Valentino Rossi rounded out the all-important top ten. Scott Redding sits just outside in eleventh with Michele Pirro just behind as he substitutes for the injured Cal Crutchlow but all riders will be looking over their shoulders at the Repsol Hondas with Marc Marquez and Dani Pedrosa fourteenth and sixteenth, the championship leader having set his quickest time at the very beginning of the session.

 

 2014 G.P. RED BULL DE LA REPUBLICA ARGENTINA – FREE PRACTICE 1 CLASSIFICATION
POS RIDER MOTORCYCLE TEAM TIME
1  JORGE LORENZO YAMAHA MOVISTAR YAMAHA MOTOGP 1:42.804
2  ALEIX ESPARGARO FORWARD YAMAHA NGM FORWARD RACING 1:43.285
3  ALVARO BAUTISTA HONDA GO&FUN HONDA GRESINI 1:43.637
4  ANDREA IANNONE DUCATI PRAMAC RACING 1:43.706
5  BRADLEY SMITH YAMAHA MONSTER YAMAHA TECH 3 1:43.806
6  POL ESPARGARO YAMAHA MONSTER YAMAHA TECH 3 1:43.961
7  STEFAN BRADL HONDA LCR HONDA MOTOGP 1:44.055
8  ANDREA DOVIZIOSO DUCATI DUCATI TEAM 1:44.096
9  NICKY HAYDEN HONDA DRIVE M7 ASPAR 1:44.333
10  VALENTINO ROSSI YAMAHA MOVISTAR YAMAHA MOTOGP 1:44.502
11  SCOTT REDDING HONDA GO&FUN HONDA GRESINI 1:44.763
12  MICHELE PIRRO DUCATI DUCATI TEAM 1:44.790
13  YONNY HERNANDEZ DUCATI PRAMAC RACING 1:44.889
14  MARC MARQUEZ HONDA REPSOL HONDA TEAM 1:45.103
15  HIROSHI AOYAMA HONDA DRIVE M7 ASPAR 1:45.137
16  DANI PEDROSA HONDA REPSOL HONDA TEAM 1:45.724
17  COLIN EDWARDS FORWARD YAHAMA NGM FORWARD RACING 1:45.808
18  DANILO PETRUCCI ART IODARACING PROJECT 1:46.008
19  MICHAEL LAVERTY PBM PAUL BIRD MOTORSPORT 1:46.167
20  MIKE DI MEGLIO AVINTIA AVINTIA RACING 1:46.264
21  BROC PARKES PBM PAUL BIRD MOTORSPORT 1:46.896
22  HECTOR BARBERA AVINTIA AVINTIA RACING 1:47.027
23  KAREL ABRAHAM HONDA CARDION AB MOTORACING 1:47.037