2014 Jerez MotoGP FP2: Marquez Displays Race Pace
Marc Marquez has topped the second MotoGP free practice session in Jerez in blistering conditions. As demonstrated in the second Moto3 free practice prior, the increased track temperatures meant that Marquez's fastest lap time of 1.39:757 was half a second slower than the morning's quickest lap set by Aleix Espargaro. The afternoon session did provide a more accurate replication of what conditions should be like during Sunday afternoon's race, the race will be Marquez's 100th Grand Prix and he would love nothing more than to break his Jerez duck and celebrate his milestone, as if he needed and more motivation.
Aleix Espargaro built on his impressive FP1 showing and finished with the second fastest time, two tenths behind his compatriot Marquez. Andrea Dovizioso made use of the super-soft rear tyre available to him to end up in third position ahead of the decidedly uncomfortable Yamaha pairing of Valentino Rossi and a Jorge Lorenzo. Both riders appear to have their work cut out to match the race-pace of Marquez.
Dani Pedrosa had to settle for the sixth fastest time as the Repsol Honda rider's under whelming 2014 form continued. He will be left scratching his head wondering what he has to do to bridge the gap to Marquez at the head of the field. Alvaro Bautista was seventh and made it five Spaniards in the top ten ahead of fellow satellite Honda rider Stefan Bradl, Andrea Iannone and Nicky Hayden who completed the top ten aboard his 'Open' Honda machinery.
Many riders undertook qualifying simulations in the closing minutes which saw Hiroshi Aoyama, Bradley Smith and Hector Barbera suffer crashes, clearly pushing to the limits on the increasingly greasy surface. Smith's crash was particularly spectacular as he went down at the fourth gear turn eleven, demolishing his Tech 3 Yamaha, he thankfully walked away with only a slight limp.
|2||41||Aleix ESPARGARO||Forward Yamaha||1'39.973||0.216||0.216|
|20||5||Colin EDWARDS||Forward Yamaha||1'41.831||2.074||0.212|
|23||63||Mike DI MEGLIO||Avintia||1'42.220||2.463||0.286|