Dovizioso Tops Rain-Hit Practice At Misano


Andrea Dovizioso emerged as the fastest rider after heavy rain wreaked havoc with the Friday practice sessions at Misano today. The Ducati rider upped the pace in the closing minutes of FP2 to finish a second clear of Yonny Hernandez, the Colombian making the running in FP1.

Dovizioso was one of several riders to be caught out by the treacherous Misano circuit, known to be slippery at the best of times, but the Italian was pleased with his afternoon’s work overall and expects his promising performance to translate into dry conditions.

“Of course I am very happy because it’s always a pleasure to set the quickest time! It was a pity about the crash at the start of this afternoon’s session, but we did manage to understand the reason why and then thanks to the modifications we made for the final run, we made a big step forward and this allowed me to regain feeling in the bike and set the fastest time at the end of the session. We have good pace, also in the wet, and I think that we will manage to be quite quick in the dry, seeing as we did a test here less than one month ago.”

Hernandez was providing many a heart-stopping moment for the Pramac squad early in the afternoon, the Ducati looking on the edge. Yonny failed to match his pacesetting time from the morning but still held onto second, pipping the Repsol Hondas of Dani Pedrosa and Marc Marquez who sat out much of the day.

Danilo Petrucci was a fine fifth for IodaRacing ahead of Tech 3’s Pol Espargaro and LCR’s Stefan Bradl while the Movistar Yamaha team will be hoping for drier weather tomorrow, Jorge Lorenzo and Valentino Rossi finishing either side of Andrea Iannone in eighth and tenth.

All five British riders sit outside the all-important top ten overnight but Bradley Smith will still feel confident of progressing to Q2, a pair of crashes preventing him from showing his true pace today. Cal Crutchlow and Scott Redding also fell during the afternoon and both look set to be involved in the dogfight for a Q2 spot tomorrow.

 

 2014 GP TIM DI SAN MARINO E DELLA RIVIERA DI RIMINI – COMBINED FREE PRACTICE CLASSIFICATION
POS RIDER MOTORCYCLE TEAM TIME
1 4  ANDREA DOVIZIOSO DUCATI DUCATI TEAM 1:49.195 FP2
2 68  YONNY HERNANDEZ DUCATI PRAMAC RACING 1:50.310 FP1
3 26  DANI PEDROSA HONDA REPSOL HONDA TEAM 1:50.356 FP2
4 93  MARC MARQUEZ HONDA REPSOL HONDA TEAM 1:50.519 FP2
5 9  DANILO PETRUCCI ART OCTO IODARACING TEAM 1:50.641 FP2
6 44  POL ESPARGARO YAMAHA MONSTER YAMAHA TECH 3 1:50.761 FP2
7 6  STEFAN BRADL HONDA LCR HONDA MOTOGP 1:50.848 FP2
8 99  JORGE LORENZO YAMAHA MOVISTAR YAMAHA MOTOGP 1:51.541 FP2
9 29  ANDREA IANNONE DUCATI PRAMAC RACING 1:51.603 FP2
10 46  VALENTINO ROSSI YAMAHA MOVISTAR YAMAHA MOTOGP 1:51.738 FP2
11 35  CAL CRUTCHLOW DUCATI DUCATI TEAM 1:51.757 FP2
12 41  ALEIX ESPARGARO FORWARD YAMAHA NGM FORWARD RACING 1:52.164 FP2
13 45  SCOTT REDDING HONDA GO&FUN HONDA GRESINI 1:52.213 FP2
14 19  ALVARO BAUTISTA HONDA GO&FUN HONDA GRESINI 1:52.298 FP2
15 7  HIROSHI AOYAMA HONDA DRIVE M7 ASPAR 1:52.584 FP2
16 17  KAREL ABRAHAM HONDA CARDION AB MOTORACING 1:52.814 FP2
17 70  MICHAEL LAVERTY PBM PAUL BIRD MOTORSPORT 1:53.326 FP2
18 38  BRADLEY SMITH YAMAHA MONSTER YAMAHA TECH 3 1:53.329 FP2
19 2  LEON CAMIER HONDA DRIVE M7 ASPAR 1:53.699 FP2
20 15  ALEX DE ANGELIS FORWARD YAHAMA NGM FORWARD RACING 1:54.105 FP2
21 23  BROC PARKES PBM PAUL BIRD MOTORSPORT 1:56.128 FP2
22 8  HECTOR BARBERA AVINTIA AVINTIA RACING 1:56.632 FP2
23 63  MIKE DI MEGLIO AVINTIA AVINTIA RACING 1:58.788 FP2