Lorenzo Leads the Way on Friday at Jerez

Jorge Lorenzo made all the headlines at Jerez on Friday by setting the pace in both practice sessions on the same day he agreed a one-year contract extension with Yamaha. The Spaniard was the class of the field in two contrasting sessions but the biggest news of all came during the lunch break when his place at Movistar Yamaha for 2016 was officially confirmed.

Cooler conditions greeted the riders early on Friday morning for FP1 and Lorenzo’s fifth lap of the morning would ultimately prove the fastest, the two-time champion clocking a 1:39.174.  Jorge had enjoyed a half-second lead at the top of the leaderboard until Aleix Espargaro sprung up to second on the Suzuki, just half a tenth adrift.

The temperatures climbed significantly for second practice and as a result, the lap times were a shade slower than earlier in the day. Marc Marquez was one of the riders to improve, clearly feeling more comfortable with his injured finger after a cautious morning, but Lorenzo would outpace the reigning champion by a tenth of a second to top FP2.

The Ducatis of Andrea Iannone and Andrea Dovizioso were third and fourth in the afternoon, just behind Marquez, ensuring they would end the day in fourth and fifth respectively as Espargaro’s morning time remained good enough for second. Danilo Petrucci found time in FP2 to take sixth overall ahead of Cal Crutchlow and Pol Espargaro with championship leader Valentino Rossi only ninth, clearly struggling with his Yamaha YZR-M1 in the afternoon heat.



PosRiderConstructorTeamBest Time
199. Jorge LorenzoYamahaMovistar Yamaha MotoGP1:39.174
241. Aleix EspargaroSuzukiTeam SUZUKI ECSTAR1:39.223
393. Marc MarquezHondaRepsol Honda Team1:39.428
429. Andrea IannoneDucatiDucati Team1:39.511
54. Andrea DoviziosoDucatiDucati Team1:39.535
69. Danilo PetrucciDucatiPramac Racing1:39.718
735. Cal CrutchlowHondaCWM LCR Honda1:39.737
844. Pol EspargaroYamahaMonster Yamaha Tech 31:39.871
946. Valentino RossiYamahaMovistar Yamaha MotoGP1:39.872
1025. Maverick VinalesSuzukiTeam SUZUKI ECSTAR1:39.909
118. Hector BarberaDucatiAvintia Racing1:39.937
1245. Scott ReddingHondaEstrella Galicia 0,0 Marc VDS1:39.967
136. Stefan BradlYamaha ForwardAthina Forward Racing1:40.037
1476. Loris BazYamaha ForwardAthina Forward Racing1:40.092
1550. Eugene LavertyHondaAspar MotoGP Team1:40.114
1638. Bradley SmithYamahaMonster Yamaha Tech 31:40.293
1768. Yonny HernandezDucatiPramac Racing1:40.363
1863. Mike Di MeglioDucatiAvintia Racing1:40.444
1969. Nicky HaydenHondaAspar MotoGP Team1:40.521
207. Hiroshi AoyamaHondaRepsol Honda Team1:40.678
2119. Alvaro BautistaApriliaAprilia Racing Team Gresini1:40.752
2217. Karel AbrahamHondaAB Motoracing1:40.917
2343. Jack MillerHondaCWM LCR Honda1:41.201
2433. Marco MelandriApriliaAprilia Racing Team Gresini1:41.450
2515. Alex de AngelisARTOcto IodaRacing Team1:42.176