Marquez Quickest Before The Rain Hits Brno


Marc Marquez set the pace in Friday practice ahead of the Czech Republic Grand Prix on a day when inclement weather restricted dry track time at Brno. The world champion was fractionally faster than Jorge Lorenzo in the dry conditions of FP1 but heavy rain throughout FP2 prevented any change in the order, potentially setting the field for Q2 tomorrow with more rain on its way.

Marquez snatched top spot from Lorenzo twenty minutes from the end of first practice, clocking a 1:56.807, before making a slight improvement on his very last lap of the morning to extend his lead. Lorenzo remained competitive though, just 0.037s adrift, while Dani Pedrosa was only fifteen thousandths further back in third.

The afternoon rainfall came within seconds of the second session getting underway with Andrea Iannone and Hector Barbera the only riders to set a time on slicks, ensuring they topped the timesheets. Neither would be happy with their day though as Iannone missed out on a top ten place while Barbera took a tumble shortly after switching to wet tyres.

With the overall practice classification taken solely from the morning times, Aleix Espargaro took fourth ahead of Valentino Rossi while Stefan Bradl completed the top six for LCR. Andrea Dovizioso and Yonny Hernandez were the two Ducati riders to break the top ten and edged out the Tech 3 Yamahas in the process, Pol Espargaro ending the day ninth with Bradley Smith knocking wildcard rider Michele Pirro out of tenth with a late flyer.

 

 2014 BWIN GRAND  PRIX ČESKÉ REPUBLIKY – COMBINED FREE PRACTICE CLASSIFICATION
POS RIDER MOTORCYCLE TEAM TIME
1 93  MARC MARQUEZ HONDA REPSOL HONDA TEAM 1:56.803 FP1
2 99  JORGE LORENZO YAMAHA MOVISTAR YAMAHA MOTOGP 1:56.840 FP1
3 26  DANI PEDROSA HONDA REPSOL HONDA TEAM 1:56.855 FP1
4 41  ALEIX ESPARGARO FORWARD YAMAHA NGM FORWARD RACING 1:57.002 FP1
5 46  VALENTINO ROSSI YAMAHA MOVISTAR YAMAHA MOTOGP 1:57.065 FP1
6 6  STEFAN BRADL HONDA LCR HONDA MOTOGP 1:57.084 FP1
7 4  ANDREA DOVIZIOSO DUCATI DUCATI TEAM 1:57.169 FP1
8 68  YONNY HERNANDEZ DUCATI PRAMAC RACING 1:57.190 FP1
9 44  POL ESPARGARO YAMAHA MONSTER YAMAHA TECH 3 1:57.634 FP1
10 38  BRADLEY SMITH YAMAHA MONSTER YAMAHA TECH 3 1:57.816 FP1
11 51  MICHELE PIRRO DUCATI DUCATI TEAM 1:58.040 FP1
12 29  ANDREA IANNONE DUCATI PRAMAC RACING 1:58.061 FP1
13 45  SCOTT REDDING HONDA GO&FUN HONDA GRESINI 1:58.301 FP1
14 35  CAL CRUTCHLOW DUCATI DUCATI TEAM 1:58.340 FP1
15 19  ALVARO BAUTISTA HONDA GO&FUN HONDA GRESINI 1:58.698 FP1
16 8  HECTOR BARBERA AVINTIA AVINTIA RACING 1:58.714 FP1
17 7  HIROSHI AOYAMA HONDA DRIVE M7 ASPAR 1:58.895 FP1
18 15  ALEX DE ANGELIS FORWARD YAHAMA NGM FORWARD RACING 1:59.216 FP1
19 17  KAREL ABRAHAM HONDA CARDION AB MOTORACING 1:59.959 FP1
20 63  MIKE DI MEGLIO AVINTIA AVINTIA RACING 2:00.240 FP1
21 70  MICHAEL LAVERTY PBM PAUL BIRD MOTORSPORT 2:00.345 FP1
22 2  LEON CAMIER HONDA DRIVE M7 ASPAR 2:00.445 FP1
23 9  DANILO PETRUCCI ART OCTO IODARACING TEAM 2:00.497 FP1
24 23  BROC PARKES PBM PAUL BIRD MOTORSPORT 2:00.752 FP1