Espargaro With The Early Edge At Jerez


Aleix Espargaro made the brightest start in scorching conditions to set the fastest time in Friday practice ahead of the Spanish Grand Prix. The Forward Racing rider topped the morning session in slightly cooler temperatures and although Marc Marquez set the standard in FP2, Aleix remained quickest overall.

Espargaro made full use of the open-class extra soft tyre to clock a 1:39.357, within the existing lap record, but was equally confident of his pace on the harder option, the tyre he is likely to be racing with on Sunday.

“I’m satisfied of how we started here in Jerez. This morning we found a good set up and I was able to push from the beginning. In the afternoon the track was very slippery due the torrid temperatures and it was more difficult to push as I was losing the front, especially with the soft tyre. The most important thing is that we have a good pace with the hard tyre and that we lapped with the full tank. We will keep on working in preparation of the race. It’s great to close the first day on top but my priority is to get a good result in the race and a podium is my target as well as my dream”.

Jorge Lorenzo was second fastest for Movistar Yamaha in the morning and held onto that position overall, finishing a fraction faster than Marquez’s afternoon effort. Dani Pedrosa was fourth quickest by virtue of his morning run with Andrea Dovizioso and Valentino Rossi improving in the afternoon to complete the top six.

With the leading pack four tenths clear of the competition, Alvaro Bautista led the chase in seventh ahead of Stefan Bradl while the Pramac Ducatis of Yonny Hernandez and Andrea Iannone head into FP3 in possession of the last two automatic Q2 spots. The Monster Yamaha Tech 3 duo have work to do tomorrow with Bradley Smith eleventh after a high speed crash at the Alex Criville corner while Pol Espargaro sits in thirteenth overnight.

Cal Crutchlow also sits outside of the crucial top ten but completing both practice sessions made today a success for the Briton on his return from injury. Crutchlow admitted to not chasing fast times on his comeback and will expect to move forward on Saturday.

 

 2014 GRAN PREMIO BWIN DE ESPANA – COMBINED FREE PRACTICE CLASSIFICATION
POS RIDER MOTORCYCLE TEAM TIME
1  41. ALEIX ESPARGARO FORWARD YAMAHA NGM FORWARD RACING 1:39.357
2  99. JORGE LORENZO YAMAHA MOVISTAR YAMAHA MOTOGP 1:39.714
3  93. MARC MARQUEZ HONDA REPSOL HONDA TEAM 1:39.757
4  26. DANI PEDROSA HONDA REPSOL HONDA TEAM 1:39.860
5  4. ANDREA DOVIZIOSO DUCATI DUCATI TEAM 1:40.028
6  46. VALENTINO ROSSI YAMAHA MOVISTAR YAMAHA MOTOGP 1:40.125
7  19. ALVARO BAUTISTA HONDA GO&FUN HONDA GRESINI 1:40.560
8  6. STEFAN BRADL HONDA LCR HONDA MOTOGP 1:40.644
9  68. YONNY HERNANDEZ DUCATI PRAMAC RACING 1:40.686
10  29. ANDREA IANNONE DUCATI PRAMAC RACING 1:40.742
11  38. BRADLEY SMITH YAMAHA MONSTER YAMAHA TECH 3 1:40.758
12  69. NICKY HAYDEN HONDA DRIVE M7 ASPAR 1:40.788
13  44. POL ESPARGARO YAMAHA MONSTER YAMAHA TECH 3 1:40.918
14  51. MICHELE PIRRO DUCATI DUCATI TEAM 1:40.924
15  8. HECTOR BARBERA AVINTIA AVINTIA RACING 1:40.928
16  7. HIROSHI AOYAMA HONDA DRIVE M7 ASPAR 1:41.183
17  5. COLIN EDWARDS FORWARD YAHAMA NGM FORWARD RACING 1:41.252
18  35. CAL CRUTCHLOW DUCATI DUCATI TEAM 1:41.353
19  45. SCOTT REDDING HONDA GO&FUN HONDA GRESINI 1:41.374
20  17. KAREL ABRAHAM HONDA CARDION AB MOTORACING 1:41.578
21  9. DANILO PETRUCCI ART IODARACING PROJECT 1:41.589
22  70. MICHAEL LAVERTY PBM PAUL BIRD MOTORSPORT 1:41.914
23  23. BROC PARKES PBM PAUL BIRD MOTORSPORT 1:42.171
24  63. MIKE DI MEGLIO AVINTIA AVINTIA RACING 1:42.220