Iannone over Marquez in COTA FP2

Andrea Iannone pops a wheelie
Andrea Iannone pops a wheelie

Andrea Iannone (Team Suzuki Ecstar) left his best till last at the Red Bull Grand Prix of the Americas, as the ‘Maniac’ slammed in a 2:04.599 to depose the King of COTA Marc Marquez (Repsol Honda Team) from the top on Friday. The gap between the two was just 0.056, and Marquez also suffered a crash on Friday – rider ok. Behind the number 93, the Movistar Yamaha duo of Maverick Vinales and Valentino Rossi completed the top four, within another couple of tenths as it tightened up at the top.

With weather looking set to change on Saturday in Austin, the end of FP2 saw a mad dash to get into the top ten and secure provisional entry to Q2 qualifying. In that rush, Iannone was the last to strike big – and win – but there was another big headline, too: Johann Zarco (Monster Yamaha Tech 3) ending the day in P13 overall; heading for Q1 if the rain comes.

Behind the four men at the top, the timesheets remained tight and it was Championship leader Cal Crutchlow (LCR Honda Castrol) locking out the top five as he aims to hold onto that advantage heading back from the US. One of the men fighting him for the win last time out, Alex Rins (Team Suzuki Ecstar), was on his tail in P6 as the Spaniard got Texas off to a positive start – keeping compatriot Jorge Lorenzo (Ducati Team) just behind him by a mere three hundredths.

Enjoy the second and final free practice session in COTA for the riders to enter the top qualifying category to shoot for pole position

Andrea Dovizioso (Ducati Team) was eighth, moving up late on in the day and securing a safe move through to Q2 if the skies changes on Saturday, with an impressive performance from Aleix Espargaro (Aprilia Racing Team Gresini) seeing the Spaniard take ninth, just under a tenth off the 2017 Championship runner up.

Dani Pedrosa (Repsol Honda Team), meanwhile, completed the top ten. The three-time World Champion found FP1 tough going as he rides just over a week after surgery on a broken wrist, but was back at it in FP2. Pedrosa also put in a representative amount of laps as he tested his fitness, as well as being able to take a stunning provisional place in Q2.

So will the skies change over COTA? Will the King take back his throne on Saturday? Or will the competition get even closer as we count down to Round 3…

FP2 Results

Pos. Rider Num Nation Team Constructor Time/Gap
1 IANNONE Andrea 29 ITA Team Suzuki Ecstar Suzuki 2'04.599
2 MARQUEZ Marc 93 SPA Repsol Honda Team Honda 0.056
3 VINALES Maverick 25 SPA Movistar Yamaha MotoGP Yamaha 0.264
4 ROSSI Valentino 46 ITA Movistar Yamaha MotoGP Yamaha 0.359
5 CRUTCHLOW Cal 35 GBR LCR Honda Honda 0.489
6 RINS Alex 42 SPA Team Suzuki Ecstar Suzuki 0.853
7 LORENZO Jorge 99 SPA Ducati Team Ducati 0.888
8 DOVIZIOSO Andrea 4 ITA Ducati Team Ducati 1.048
9 ESPARGARO Aleix 41 SPA Aprilia Racing Team Gresini Aprilia 1.140
10 PEDROSA Dani 26 SPA Repsol Honda Team Honda 1.162
11 PETRUCCI Danilo 9 ITA Alma Pramac Racing Ducati 1.290
12 RABAT Tito 53 SPA Reale Avintia Racing Ducati 1.311
13 ZARCO Johann 5 FRA Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Yamaha 1.334
14 MILLER Jack 43 AUS Alma Pramac Racing Ducati 1.417
15 REDDING Scott 45 GBR Aprilia Racing Team Gresini Aprilia 1.479
16 SYAHRIN Hafizh 55 MAL Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Yamaha 1.620
17 NAKAGAMI Takaaki 30 JPN LCR Honda Honda 1.798
18 ABRAHAM Karel 17 CZE Angel Nieto Team Ducati 1.956
19 LUTHI Tom 12 SWI EG 0,0 Marc VDS Honda 2.026
20 MORBIDELLI Franco 21 ITA EG 0,0 Marc VDS Honda 2.041
21 BAUTISTA Alvaro 19 SPA Angel Nieto Team Ducati 2.084
22 SMITH Bradley 38 GBR Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM 2.434
23 ESPARGARO Pol 44 SPA Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM 2.537
24 SIMEON Xavier 10 BEL Reale Avintia Racing Ducati 3.422

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