Lorenzo Leads Marquez on Friday at Jerez


Jorge Lorenzo put the media frenzy surrounding his 2017 switch to Ducati to one side as he topped the timesheets in both Friday practice sessions at Jerez. The reigning world champion outpaced series leader Marc Marquez with the pair the only riders to dip below the 100 second barrier in Spain this afternoon.

With cooler conditions and a green track greeting the riders in the morning, lap times were slower than expected in FP1 but that didn’t stop Lorenzo picking up where he left off on a dominant weekend at Jerez last year. The Spaniard was comfortably clear of teammate Valentino Rossi and as the times tumbled in FP2, Jorge maintained his advantage over the field, finding much of his time in the final sector.

Lorenzo was in confident mood on Friday evening, believing he has laid the groundwork for a positive weekend as he looks to close down Marquez.

“My first feelings are positive. We started the first day with some problems and a different feel than what we had in the last two races but little by little we solved these problems and adjusted the electronics, setting and everything. Now we have a good set-up and can keep working to improve the small details. First place this morning and first place this afternoon, I think, is a good beginning of the weekend!”

Marquez ended the day in second while Aleix Espargaro and Hector Barbera produced stunning last ditch efforts to relegate Rossi to fifth. Maverick Vinales, the subject of much paddock speculation, was sixth ahead of Andrea Dovizioso and Dani Pedrosa while British duo Scott Redding and Eugene Laverty rode superbly to edge their satellite Ducatis into the top ten at Andrea Iannone’s expense.

 

2016 GRAN PREMIO RED BULL DE ESPANA (FRIDAY CLASSIFICATION)

PosRiderConstructorTeamBest Time
199. Jorge LORENZOYamahaMovistar Yamaha MotoGP1:39.555
293. Marc MARQUEZHondaRepsol Honda Team1:39.900
341. Aleix ESPARGAROSuzukiTeam SUZUKI ECSTAR1:40.093
48. Hector BARBERADucatiAvintia Racing1:40.229
546. Valentino ROSSIYamahaMovistar Yamaha MotoGP1:40.282
625. Maverick VINALESSuzukiTeam SUZUKI ECSTAR1:40.448
74. Andrea DOVIZIOSODucatiDucati Team1:40.737
826. Dani PEDROSAHondaRepsol Honda Team1:40.823
945. Scott REDDINGDucatiOcto Pramac Yakhnich1:40.860
1050. Eugene LAVERTYDucatiAspar MotoGP Team1:40.925
1129. Andrea IANNONEDucatiDucati Team1:41.017
1268. Yonny HERNANDEZDucatiAspar MotoGP Team1:41.028
1335. Cal CRUTCHLOWHondaLCR Honda1:41.112
1444. Pol ESPARGAROYamahaMonster Yamaha Tech 31:41.167
156. Stefan BRADLApriliaAprilia Racing Team Gresini1:41.178
1638. Bradley SMITHYamahaMonster Yamaha Tech 31:41.287
1776. Loris BAZDucatiAvintia Racing1:41.320
1819. Alvaro BAUTISTAApriliaAprilia Racing Team Gresini1:41.573
1950. Michele PIRRODucatiOcto Pramac Yakhnich1:41.841
2043. Jack MILLERHondaEG 0,0 Marc VDS1:41.904
2153. Tito RABATHondaEG 0,0 Marc VDS1:42.230