Record Pace Sees Lorenzo Lead at Misano

Jorge Lorenzo made full use of the resurfaced Misano track to set the fastest ever two-wheeled lap of the circuit on Friday afternoon. The Spaniard went fractionally faster than Marc Marquez’s 2013 pole position record, ensuring he would finish the opening day of practice ahead of the reigning champion.

After an early flurry of activity, the two Repsol Hondas ran first and second with Marquez leading Dani Pedrosa by a quarter of a second and that was the way it stayed for a long spell as teams switched their focus to race preparation. The status quo did change slightly on Lorenzo’s second run with the Yamaha man splitting the Hondas but the more striking alteration appeared on the front of his YZR-M1 which was sporting Ducati-style winglets.

The updates seemed to have the desired effect with Lorenzo breaking into the 1:32s, minutes after Marquez had done the same, to take a 0.053s advantage into tomorrow’s final practice session. Pedrosa held onto third, although he did slip back by four tenths, while Andrea Dovizioso fitted a soft rear tyre to his Ducati which vaulted him up to fourth.

Championship leader and home favourite Valentino Rossi was fifth, showing a worrying repeat of the dry-weather form from Silverstone where he struggled to match the pace of Lorenzo and Marquez. The two Tech 3 Yamahas followed with Pol Espargaro and Bradley Smith sixth and eighth, split by British GP hero Danilo Petrucci.

Ducati wildcard Michele Pirro, who was a sensational third in FP1, remains in a provisional Q2 position in ninth while Cal Crutchlow is on the bubble in tenth.



PosRiderConstructorTeamBest Time
199. Jorge LorenzoYamahaMovistar Yamaha MotoGP1:32.871
293. Marc MarquezHondaRepsol Honda Team1:32.924
326. Dani PedrosaHondaRepsol Honda Team1:33.258
44. Andrea DoviziosoDucatiDucati Team1:33.291
546. Valentino RossiYamahaMovistar Yamaha MotoGP1:33.469
644. Pol EspargaroYamahaMonster Yamaha Tech 31:33.552
79. Danilo PetrucciDucatiOcto Pramac Racing1:33.553
838. Bradley SmithYamahaMonster Yamaha Tech 31:33.595
951. Michele PirroDucatiDucati Team1:33.674
1035. Cal CrutchlowHondaLCR Honda1:33.785
1145. Scott ReddingHondaEstrella Galicia 0,0 Marc VDS1:33.808
1241. Aleix EspargaroSuzukiTeam SUZUKI ECSTAR1:33.840
1329. Andrea IannoneDucatiDucati Team1:34.132
1425. Maverick VinalesSuzukiTeam SUZUKI ECSTAR1:34.215
1550. Eugene LavertyHondaAspar MotoGP Team1:34.345
1676. Loris BazYamaha ForwardForward Racing1:34.500
178. Hector BarberaDucatiAvintia Racing1:34.590
1868. Yonny HernandezDucatiOcto Pramac Racing1:34.595
1919. Alvaro BautistaApriliaAprilia Racing Team Gresini1:34.727
2043. Jack MillerHondaLCR Honda1:34.856
216. Stefan BradlApriliaAprilia Racing Team Gresini1:35.036
2263. Mike Di MeglioDucatiAvintia Racing1:35.226
2369. Nicky HaydenHondaAspar MotoGP Team1:35.394
2417. Karel AbrahamHondaAB Motoracing1:35.628
2515. Alex de AngelisARTE-Motion IodaRacing Team1:35.735
2671. Claudio CortiYamaha ForwardForward Racing1:36.326