Marquez Raises The Bar In Second Practice


Marc Marquez asserted his authority in second practice ahead of the Argentine Grand Prix, lapping a full second quicker than the rest of the field. The reigning champion was quick early in FP1 before dropping down the order but as the times tumbled in FP2, Marquez stretched away from his rivals.

Marquez hit the front five minutes into the session and was never headed from there, lowering the benchmark time from a 1:40:440 to a 1:39.425 in the latter stages to ensure teammate Dani Pedrosa stayed in a distant second place. Despite his dominance, Marquez sounded a note of caution and expects the competition to be closer tomorrow.

“It was a fun day, it is always interesting to learn all the different corners and their secrets at a new track and the practice sessions go by more quickly. Maybe the day was affected by the first session, in which we sacrificed putting in a fast lap in order to keep the same tyre on during the entire session. That was to enable us to keep more tyres for the remainder of the weekend. This afternoon we were able to have a more normal practice session and the track had improved a lot. The tyre durability also seemed much greater than before, and I think that it will continue improving as the weekend goes on. I am happy with how this first day went and with the base that we have. We shall continue working in the same way, as we are aware that tomorrow’s times will be much closer”.

Aleix Espargaro finished as best of the rest in third after edging out Stefan Bradl in the last minute of the afternoon while Andrea Dovizioso claimed fifth despite an early engine blow-up ahead of a quartet of Yamahas, led by Bradley Smith. Pol Espargaro finished seventh, half a tenth shy of his teammate, while the Movistar teammates Valentino Rossi and Jorge Lorenzo could only manage eighth and ninth respectively.

 

 2014 G.P. RED BULL DE LA REPUBLICA ARGENTINA – FREE PRACTICE 2 CLASSIFICATION
POS RIDER MOTORCYCLE TEAM TIME
1  MARC MARQUEZ HONDA REPSOL HONDA TEAM 1:39.313
2  DANI PEDROSA HONDA REPSOL HONDA TEAM 1:40.396
3  ALEIX ESPARGARO FORWARD YAMAHA NGM FORWARD RACING 1:40.566
4  STEFAN BRADL HONDA LCR HONDA MOTOGP 1:40.891
5  ANDREA DOVIZIOSO DUCATI DUCATI TEAM 1:41.042
6  BRADLEY SMITH YAMAHA MONSTER YAMAHA TECH 3 1:41.303
7  POL ESPARGARO YAMAHA MONSTER YAMAHA TECH 3 1:41.368
8  VALENTINO ROSSI YAMAHA MOVISTAR YAMAHA MOTOGP 1:41.395
9  JORGE LORENZO YAMAHA MOVISTAR YAMAHA MOTOGP 1:41.533
10  ANDREA IANNONE DUCATI PRAMAC RACING 1:41.924
11  ALVARO BAUTISTA HONDA GO&FUN HONDA GRESINI 1:42.029
12  YONNY HERNANDEZ DUCATI PRAMAC RACING 1:42.128
13  KAREL ABRAHAM HONDA CARDION AB MOTORACING 1:42.348
14  COLIN EDWARDS FORWARD YAHAMA NGM FORWARD RACING 1:42.608
15  NICKY HAYDEN HONDA DRIVE M7 ASPAR 1:42.621
16  HECTOR BARBERA AVINTIA AVINTIA RACING 1:42.739
17  BROC PARKES PBM PAUL BIRD MOTORSPORT 1:42.827
18  MICHELE PIRRO DUCATI DUCATI TEAM 1:42.898
19  DANILO PETRUCCI ART IODARACING PROJECT 1:43.106
20  MIKE DI MEGLIO AVINTIA AVINTIA RACING 1:43.125
21  MICHAEL LAVERTY PBM PAUL BIRD MOTORSPORT 1:43.151
22  SCOTT REDDING HONDA GO&FUN HONDA GRESINI 1:43.165
23  HIROSHI AOYAMA HONDA DRIVE M7 ASPAR 1:43.347