Lorenzo and Marquez Neck-and-Neck at Indy

by Louis Suddaby

Jorge Lorenzo and Marc Marquez had little to separate them after the pair dominated the opening day of free practice at the Indianapolis Grand Prix. The two double world champions were split by less than a tenth of a second in each session with Lorenzo eventually taking the honours, three thousandths of a second ahead of his compatriot.

Lorenzo had been marginally the faster in the morning, edging out Marquez by 0.093s, and the pair renewed their battle in FP2 with the factory Ducatis of Andrea Iannone and Andrea Dovizioso also getting in amongst the leaders with the aid of a softer tyre. Marquez looked to have secured top spot for the day after usurping Dovizioso three minutes from time but a last-gasp flyer saw Lorenzo sneak ahead by the tiniest of margins.

On a day when his teammate and title rival Valentino Rossi struggled for pace and confidence, Jorge was bullish about his weekend prospects after a near-perfect start.

“I‘m very happy, because with every change we made we were able to improve the bike a bit. I‘m riding very well and had a good feeling with the bike so I was able to ride close to the limit for the moment. We had the same sensation with the harder tyre, while other riders had used a new soft tyre they couldn‘t even get close to our time, so that was a very good sign in the morning and we confirmed it in the afternoon. Let‘s see if we continue working this way and we‘ll concentrate on improving the bike even more.”

The top two enjoyed a three tenth advantage over the rest with Dovizioso just a hundredth clear of Iannone in fourth. Cal Crutchlow was fifth for LCR Honda ahead of Pol Espargaro who ended a day which began with confirmation of his contract extension with Yamaha by highsiding his YZR-M1.

Dani Pedrosa was seventh fastest ahead of an under-pressure Scott Redding who will be desperate to cling on to a Q2 spot. The Marc VDS rider may be under pressure tomorrow morning though with Bradley Smith and Valentino Rossi likely to move forward from ninth and tenth.



PosRiderConstructorTeamBest Time
199. Jorge LorenzoYamahaMovistar Yamaha MotoGP1:32.860
293. Marc MarquezHondaRepsol Honda Team1:32.863
34. Andrea DoviziosoDucatiDucati Team1:33.155
429. Andrea IannoneDucatiDucati Team1:33.166
535. Cal CrutchlowHondaCWM LCR Honda1:33.186
644. Pol EspargaroYamahaMonster Yamaha Tech 31:33.362
726. Dani PedrosaHondaRepsol Honda Team1:33.377
845. Scott ReddingHondaEstrella Galicia 0,0 Marc VDS1:33.443
938. Bradley SmithYamahaMonster Yamaha Tech 31:33.474
1046. Valentino RossiYamahaMovistar Yamaha MotoGP1:33.532
119. Danilo PetrucciDucatiOcto Pramac Racing1:33.763
1268. Yonny HernandezDucatiOcto Pramac Racing1:33.934
1325. Maverick VinalesSuzukiTeam SUZUKI ECSTAR1:33.973
148. Hector BarberaDucatiAvintia Racing1:34.083
1541. Aleix EspargaroSuzukiTeam SUZUKI ECSTAR1:34.139
1669. Nicky HaydenHondaAspar MotoGP Team1:34.397
1763. Mike Di MeglioDucatiAvintia Racing1:34.459
1843. Jack MillerHondaCWM LCR Honda1:34.731
1950. Eugene LavertyHondaAspar MotoGP Team1:34.923
206. Stefan BradlApriliaAprilia Racing Team Gresini1:34.935
2119. Alvaro BautistaApriliaAprilia Racing Team Gresini1:35.066
2215. Alex de AngelisARTIodaRacing Team1:35.185
2324. Toni EliasHondaAB Motoracing1:36.336

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