Lorenzo Leads Close Pack On Friday At Jerez

Jorge Lorenzo was the fastest rider in both sessions today ahead of the Spanish Grand Prix as Jerez set the stage for what looks like being a five way fight for victory on Sunday. The world champion was the dominant rider throughout but Cal Crutchlow carried on his impressive form from Texas, finishing second in the afternoon and third behind Dani Pedrosa overall.

As is so often the case, Lorenzo’s strong point in practice was his consistency over long runs with a race pace that few riders, if anyone, were capable of matching. His fastest lap was a 1:39.562 but that was by no means his only lap below the 1:40 mark with two others on a similar pace and each of his other thirteen timed laps in the 1:40s, an ominous sign for the rest.

The afternoon was certainly an encouraging one for Yamaha with Crutchlow and Valentino Rossi second and fourth, sandwiching Pedrosa, but the Repsol Honda rider had set a quick enough time this morning to end the day second fastest, 0.029s ahead of the Tech 3 Yamaha. Championship leader Marc Marquez displayed his usual exuberance on the brakes but couldn’t do better than fifth with Alvaro Bautista leading the chasing pack in sixth, some six tenths adrift of the group ahead.

Andrea Iannone impressed to finish as the top Ducati rider in seventh ahead of Nicky Hayden but his performance was topped by Hector Barbera and Aleix Espargaro who muscled their CRT packages into the top ten, and a Q2 place as it stands. Their exploits dumped Stefan Bradl into eleventh although he could only have himself to blame after crashing at the Alex Criville corner in FP2.

Andrea Dovizioso and Michele Pirro also have work to do in FP3 to book a top ten place as does Bradley Smith with all three on the bubble but they wouldn’t swap their positions for Danilo Petrucci’s after his Ioda Suter grenaded its engine in the afternoon.


 2013 Gran Premio bwin de Espana – Combined Free Practice Classification
Pos Rider Bike Team Best Time
1  Jorge Lorenzo Yamaha Yamaha Factory Racing 1:39.562
2  Dani Pedrosa Honda Repsol Honda Team 1:39.704
3  Cal Crutchlow Yamaha Monster Yamaha Tech 3 1:39.733
4  Valentino Rossi Yamaha Yamaha Factory Racing 1:39.874
5  Marc Marquez Honda Repsol Honda Team 1:39.889
6  Alvaro Bautista Honda GO&FUN Honda Gresini 1:40.507
7  Andrea Iannone Ducati Energy T.I. Pramac Racing 1:40.574
8  Nicky Hayden Ducati Ducati Team 1:40.722
9  Hector Barbera FTR Avintia Blusens 1:40.736
10  Aleix Espargaro ART Power Electronics Aspar 1:40.738
11  Stefan Bradl Honda LCR Honda MotoGP 1:40.799
12  Andrea Dovizioso Ducati Ducati Team 1:40.884
13  Michele Pirro (W) Ducati Ducati Test Team 1:40.902
14  Bradley Smith Yamaha Monster Yamaha Tech 3 1:40.990
15  Randy de Puniet ART Power Electronics Aspar 1:41.078
16  Hiroshi Aoyama FTR Avintia Blusens 1:41.671
17  Danilo Petrucci Ioda Suter Came IodaRacing Project 1:41.751
18  Colin Edwards FTR Kawasaki NGM Mobile Forward Racing 1:41.764
19  Claudio Corti FTR Kawasaki NGM Mobile Forward Racing 1:41.790
20  Yonny Hernandez ART Paul Bird Motorsport 1:42.155
21  Bryan Staring FTR Honda GO&FUN Honda Gresini 1:42.606
22  Michael Laverty PBM Paul Bird Motorsport 1:42.974
23  Karel Abraham ART Cardion AB Motoracing 1:43.334
24  Lukas Pesek FTR Came Ioda Racing Project 1:43.403