Marquez A Second Clear On Friday At Austin


Marc Marquez looked in a class of his own on Friday at the Grand Prix of the Americas, topping free practice by a full second from Andrea Dovizioso. The world champion dominated on the way to his maiden victory here a year ago and appears to be odds-on favourite to do so again based on today’s events.

Ominously for his rivals, Marquez set his quickest time, a 2:03.490, on the harder tyre with second placed Dovizioso using the soft compound available to open-class entrants to set a 2:04.495. Of the other factory runners, Dani Pedrosa was best placed in third although he trailed his teammate by 1.133s with Valentino Rossi the quickest Yamaha in fifth just behind Andrea Iannone’s open Pramac Ducati.

Aleix Espargaro’s sensational practice form from Qatar hasn’t quite carried over to Austin just yet, although the Forward Racing rider was second quickest in the morning session. The improvements of others pushed him back to sixth in the afternoon with Stefan Bradl and Jorge Lorenzo just behind as the two-time former champion continued to struggle despite the reintroduction of Bridgestone’s 2013 tyres for this event.

Cal Crutchlow sits just inside the top ten overnight despite a technical problem which halted him in the opening session this morning while Bradley Smith is in possession of the final automatic Q2 spot as it stands, although he probably has intentions to qualify a little higher than his current tenth position. Scott Redding had a fine day though, finishing as the top production Honda rider in thirteenth place.

 

 2014 RED BULL GRAND PRIX OF THE AMERICAS – COMBINED TIMES AFTER FP2
POS RIDER MOTORCYCLE TEAM TIME
1  MARC MARQUEZ HONDA REPSOL HONDA TEAM 2:03.490
2  ANDREA DOVIZIOSO DUCATI DUCATI TEAM 2:04.495
3  DANI PEDROSA HONDA REPSOL HONDA TEAM 2:04.623
4  ANDREA IANNONE DUCATI PRAMAC RACING 2:04.669
5  VALENTINO ROSSI YAMAHA MOVISTAR YAMAHA MOTOGP 2:04.793
6  ALEIX ESPARGARO FORWARD YAMAHA NGM FORWARD RACING 2:04.844
7  STEFAN BRADL HONDA LCR HONDA MOTOGP 2:04.870
8  JORGE LORENZO YAMAHA MOVISTAR YAMAHA MOTOGP 2:04.976
9  CAL CRUTCHLOW DUCATI DUCATI TEAM 2:04.981
10  BRADLEY SMITH YAMAHA MONSTER YAMAHA TECH 3 2:05.366
11  ALVARO BAUTISTA HONDA GO&FUN HONDA GRESINI 2:05.453
12  POL ESPARGARO YAMAHA MONSTER YAMAHA TECH 3 2:05.672
13  SCOTT REDDING HONDA GO&FUN HONDA GRESINI 2:05.937
14  NICKY HAYDEN HONDA DRIVE M7 ASPAR 2:06.188
15  YONNY HERNANDEZ DUCATI PRAMAC RACING 2:06.376
16  COLIN EDWARDS FORWARD YAHAMA NGM FORWARD RACING 2:06.880
17  HIROSHI AOYAMA HONDA DRIVE M7 ASPAR 2:07.034
18  KAREL ABRAHAM HONDA CARDION AB MOTORACING 2:07.053
19  HECTOR BARBERA AVINTIA AVINTIA RACING 2:07.211
20  DANILO PETRUCCI ART IODARACING PROJECT 2:08.379
21  MICHAEL LAVERTY PBM PAUL BIRD MOTORSPORT 2:08.973
22  BROC PARKES PBM PAUL BIRD MOTORSPORT 2:09.004
23  MIKE DI MEGLIO AVINTIA AVINTIA RACING 2:09.247