Archive - Race Or Practice Result
August 10th, 2014
Results and summary of qualifying for Moto2 at Indianapolis:
Marc Marquez set the fastest time of the weekend in FP4, two-tenths of a second faster than Stefan Bradl's top time in the prior session. Marquez 1'32.391 left him half a second clear of the field with qualifying coming up in 40 minutes.
Pol Espargaro earned a confidence boost headed into qualifying with the second-fastest time, closely followed by Valentino Rossi to round out the top three.
Dominique Aegerter continued his strong form at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway Saturday with a 1'37.243 in FP3 that put him at the top of the timesheet. Aegerter, who also led the second free practice, just nipped second-fastest Tito Rabat by a mere two-hundredths of a second. And Mika Kallio, who had been languishing out of the top ten, finally had an Indy practice worthy of optimism with the third-fastest time.
Maverick Vinales (4th) and Sandro Cortese (5th) completed the top five. Aegerter topped the timesheet from early on grabbing the lead spot early in the session and not letting go. With seven minutes remaining, the field began to resemble it's final look with Aegerter, Rabat and Kallio holding first through third. Only Vinales made a move toward the front, rising from sixth to fourth and the end of the free practice.
Stefan Bradl charged to the top of the timesheet Saturday with a 1'32.522 that left him a mere one-hundredth of a second clear of Valentino Rossi (2nd). Jorge Lorenzo set the third-fastest time, another eight-hundredths back.
Andrea Dovizioso, who lingered in the top five for much of the session, held on for fourth fastest and Pol Espargaro put down a quick final lap to drop the fifth-place rider into sixth. That sixth-place rider, championship leader Marc Marquez, wasn't able to improve much on his fast time from Friday. Andrea Iannone, who held second for much of FP3, was pushed into seventh followed by Bradley Smith (8th). Two-time Indy winner Dani Pedrosa settled into ninth with Aleix Espargaro rounding out the top 10.
The top 10 FP3 riders will head straight into Q2 later in the day to set the top 12 grid positions. The rest of the field will head into Q1. The two fastest riders from Q1 also then will head into Q2.
For much of the session -- in ideal conditions without a hint of rain -- Marquez led the field. Within the first 30 minutes, the young World Champion had improved on his blistering Friday pace.
Efren Vazquez took advantage of terrific track conditions to set the fastest Moto3 time of the weekend and grab the top spot in the third free practice Saturday at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Vazquez's 1'41.103 put him a tenth of a second clear of a rapidly improving Romano Fenati (2nd). Isaac Vinales took third, another four-hundredths back. In each subsequent practice, Vazquez has steadily improved his place on the timesheet moving from fifth, to fourth to first.
Miguel Olivera took top Mahindra honors with fourth fastest followed by championship points leader Jack Miller. Moto3 riders, always tightly clustered on the timesheet, made no exception at Indianapolis with the top 19 rider separated by less than a second. Unexpectedly, that group does not include Alex Rins. The Honda rider, who sits fifth in the championship, set the 23rd fastest time.
Dominique Aegerter has picked up at Indianapolis where he left off before the summer break, ending the first day of practice for the Moto2 class on top of the timesheets. The Swiss rider fought a close battle with Sandro Cortese, snatching back top spot right at the end. Cortese was left with 2nd spot, just a hundredth of a second off the time of Aegerter, while Tito Rabat took the 3rd fastest time, dragging Thom Luthi in his wake. Ant West showed excellent form to set the 5th best time in FP2.
The session was marred by a number of crashes, though nobody was serious injured. Randy Krummenacher caused the session to be red-flagged after falling in the infield section, his bike dragging dirt back onto the track and the racing line. After the mud and grass had been cleared, the session resumed again.
Marc Marquez reasserted his season-long dominance Friday with a fast lap of 1’32.882 — the only rider to dip into the 1’32s in either free practice. Marquez's time at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway put him slightly more that two-tenths clear of Andrea Iannone (2nd) and half a second in front of Jorge Lorenzo (3rd) as riders tried to work out the new lines and extra speed of the redesigned track.
Andrea Dovisioso improved on his FP1 showing with a fourth that put him just ahead of the circuit's only two-time MotoGP winner, Dani Pedrosa (5th). Stefan Bradl -- fastest in one of the four sectors -- came in sixth, ahead of a surprising Yonny Hernandez (7th) who was quick all session. Aleix Espargaro, who was running near the top of the timesheet early, dropped to eighth. And while Rossi improved on his FP1 time, he didn't improve nearly as much as his rivals which left him in ninth, seven-tenths of a second from the leader. The good news for Bradley Smith is that just like in FP1 he finished right behind Rossi. The bad news is that in FP2 it left him hanging on the bottom rung of the top 10.
Isaac Vinales used his final lap of FP2 to his advantage to seize the top spot in Friday's final session at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Vinales' nine-hundredths margin just clipped Alex Marquez (2nd) who had just set his fastest time and briefly held the top spot.
Jack Miller, leader for much of the session, ended his day in third. Efren Vazquez (4th) and John McPhee (5th) rounded out the top five. Both Vinales and Marquez set their fast times with effective use of slipstreaming on the long straight -- a tactic that will prove vital for the flyweight, 50 BHP bikes.
Romano Fenati and Alex Rins -- fourth and fifth in the championship standings -- finished the session eleventh and twelveth respectively.