Espargaro Retains Practice Lead in Argentina

Aleix Espargaro kept Suzuki at the top of the MotoGP practice timesheets with a sensational showing in FP2 at Termas de Rio Hondo. The Spaniard showed that his performance on a dirty track this morning was no fluke by going faster than last year’s fastest race lap, finishing half a second clear of Ducati’s Andrea Iannone.

The opening session provided more questions than answers due to the ‘green’ surface and relatively low grip levels but Espargaro set about resuming his domination of the weekend straight away, clocking a 1:40.075 on his second timed lap of the afternoon. The Suzuki rider was already eight tenths under his FP1 benchmark but a light shower prevented any improvements for the next twenty minutes as the majority retired to the pits.

Once conditions improved, Marc Marquez joined the fray and climbed to second but Pol Espargaro was the first rider into the 1:39s, usurping his older brother. The Tech 3 rider was quickly knocked off the top by his nemesis from the Circuit of the Americas, Scott Redding, who clocked a 1:39.892, but Marquez finally lifted himself to the top of the leaderboard three minutes from the end, opening up half a second on his fellow Honda rider.

There was still time for the elder Espargaro to have one last say on proceedings with the no.41 setting a 1:38.776 to open up half a second on Marquez at the front, aided by the factory option softer tyre. Andrea Iannone sneaked into second at the death, just as he had in the morning session, while Cal Crutchlow improved to fourth ahead of the second factory Ducati of Andrea Dovizioso.

Jorge Lorenzo was the leading Yamaha in sixth after edging ahead of Pol Espargaro while championship leader Valentino Rossi languished behind Redding in ninth, a tenth in front of Pramac’s Yonny Hernandez.



PosRiderConstructorTeamBest Time
141. Aleix EspargaroSuzukiTeam SUZUKI ECSTAR1:38.776
229. Andrea IannoneDucatiDucati Team1:39.311
393. Marc MarquezHondaRepsol Honda Team1:39.336
435. Cal CrutchlowHondaCWM LCR Honda1:39.403
54. Andrea DoviziosoDucatiDucati Team1:39.434
699. Jorge LorenzoYamahaMovistar Yamaha MotoGP1:39.463
744. Pol EspargaroYamahaMonster Yamaha Tech 31:39.648
845. Scott ReddingHondaEstrella Galicia 0,0 Marc VDS1:39.892
946. Valentino RossiYamahaMovistar Yamaha MotoGP1:39.947
1068. Yonny HernandezDucatiPramac Racing1:40.088
1125. Maverick VinalesSuzukiTeam SUZUKI ECSTAR1:40.126
1238. Bradley SmithYamahaMonster Yamaha Tech 31:40.195
139. Danilo PetrucciDucatiPramac Racing1:40.438
1469. Nicky HaydenHondaAspar MotoGP Team1:40.522
1517. Karel AbrahamHondaAB Motoracing1:40.586
168. Hector BarberaDucatiAvintia Racing1:40.626
176. Stefan BradlForward YamahaAthina Forward Racing1:40.672
1850. Eugene LavertyHondaAspar MotoGP Team1:40.846
1943. Jack MillerHondaCWM LCR Honda1:40.864
2015. Alex de AngelisARTOcto IodaRacing Team1:41.152
217. Hiroshi AoyamaHondaRepsol Honda Team1:41.380
2219. Alvaro BautistaApriliaAprilia Racing Team Gresini1:41.490
2363. Mike Di MeglioDucatiAvintia Racing1:41.531
2433. Marco MelandriApriliaAprilia Racing Team Gresini1:41.576
2576. Loris BazForward YamahaAthina Forward Racing1:41.784