Record-breaking Lorenzo heads Friday’s practice

For the fourth race in a row it was Movistar Yamaha’s Jorge Lorenzo and Repsol Honda’s Marc Marquez who filled the top two places on the combined timesheets on Friday. This time it was Lorenzo who finished on top of the pile as the Spaniard took advantage of the new track surface and glorious conditions (Track temperatures reached 38ËšC) to set the fastest ever lap by a motorcycle around the 4.2km Misano World Circuit Marco Simoncelli.

Lorenzo set a 1'32.871 in FP2 whilst utilizing a medium front and medium rear tire on a day that saw nearly all riders improve in the warmer conditions of the afternoon. The Majorcan – who is currently second in the championship standings – broke Marquez’s 2013 Pole record in the process (1’32.915). FP2 also saw Lorenzo debut ‘winglets’ on his Yamaha M1 and they seemed to have a positive effect as he immediately went quicker.

Lorenzo ended the day just 0.053s ahead of Marquez, who had earlier topped FP1. Marquez preferred a hard front and hard rear combination for his flying laps at the end of FP2 in a session that once again saw the Spanish duo a cut above the rest.

Repsol Honda’s Dani Pedrosa (+0.387s) completed the provisional front row but was over three-tenths off the pace of his teammate Marquez. Andrea Dovizioso (+0.420s) on the Ducati Team GP15 was in fourth ahead of the man who leads the championship standings by 12 points, Valentino Rossi (+0.598s). Rossi did not sport the ‘winglets’ on his M1, but expect to see them make an appearance in FP3, as he preferred a hard front and rear tire combination like Marquez.

Monster Yamaha Tech 3’s Pol Espargaro (+0.681s) was the leading Satellite rider in 6th, just one-thousandth of a second ahead of the Octo Pramac Racing Ducati of Danilo Petrucci.

Bradley Smith (Monster Yamaha Tech 3) finished the day in 7th, with Ducati Team’s test rider Michele Pirro (wildcard) and Cal Crutchlow (LCR Honda) completing the top ten, despite the latter crashing at the start of FP2.

EG 0,0 Marc VDS rider Scott Redding was 11th, with Aleix Espargaro (Team Suzuki Ecstar) in 12th and less than a second behind Lorenzo, while Andrea Iannone (Ducati Team) had to settle for 13th after also crashing during the session.

Eugene Laverty (Aspar MotoGP Team) ended the day in 15th as the leading Open class rider, with Jack Miller (LCR Honda) and Nicky Hayden (Aspar MotoGP Team) in 19th and 22nd respectively.

Results

Pos. Num. Rider Nation Team Bike Time Gap 1st/Prev.
1 99 Jorge LORENZO SPA Movistar Yamaha MotoGP Yamaha 1'32.871 0.000 / 0.000
2 93 Marc MARQUEZ SPA Repsol Honda Team Honda 1'32.924 0.053 / 0.053
3 26 Dani PEDROSA SPA Repsol Honda Team Honda 1'33.258 0.387 / 0.334
4 4 Andrea DOVIZIOSO ITA Ducati Team Ducati 1'33.291 0.420 / 0.033
5 46 Valentino ROSSI ITA Movistar Yamaha MotoGP Yamaha 1'33.469 0.598 / 0.178
6 44 Pol ESPARGARO SPA Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Yamaha 1'33.552 0.681 / 0.083
7 9 Danilo PETRUCCI ITA Octo Pramac Racing Ducati 1'33.553 0.682 / 0.001
8 38 Bradley SMITH GBR Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Yamaha 1'33.595 0.724 / 0.042
9 51 Michele PIRRO ITA Ducati Team Ducati 1'33.674 0.803 / 0.079
10 35 Cal CRUTCHLOW GBR LCR Honda Honda 1'33.785 0.914 / 0.111
11 45 Scott REDDING GBR EG 0,0 Marc VDS Honda 1'33.808 0.937 / 0.023
12 41 Aleix ESPARGARO SPA Team SUZUKI ECSTAR Suzuki 1'33.840 0.969 / 0.032
13 29 Andrea IANNONE ITA Ducati Team Ducati 1'34.132 1.261 / 0.292
14 25 Maverick VIÂ¥ALES SPA Team SUZUKI ECSTAR Suzuki 1'34.215 1.344 / 0.083
15 50 Eugene LAVERTY IRL Aspar MotoGP Team Honda 1'34.345 1.474 / 0.130
16 76 Loris BAZ FRA Forward Racing Yamaha Forward 1'34.500 1.629 / 0.155
17 68 Yonny HERNANDEZ COL Octo Pramac Racing Ducati 1'34.595 1.724 / 0.095
18 19 Alvaro BAUTISTA SPA Aprilia Racing Team Gresini Aprilia 1'34.727 1.856 / 0.132
19 43 Jack MILLER AUS LCR Honda Honda 1'34.856 1.985 / 0.129
20 8 Hector BARBERA SPA Avintia Racing Ducati 1'35.011 2.140 / 0.155
21 6 Stefan BRADL GER Aprilia Racing Team Gresini Aprilia 1'35.036 2.165 / 0.025
22 69 Nicky HAYDEN USA Aspar MotoGP Team Honda 1'35.394 2.523 / 0.358
23 15 Alex DE ANGELIS RSM E-Motion IodaRacing Team ART 1'35.735 2.864 / 0.341
24 63 Mike DI MEGLIO FRA Avintia Racing Ducati 1'35.853 2.982 / 0.118
25 71 Claudio CORTI ITA Forward Racing Yamaha Forward 1'36.326 3.455 / 0.473
26 17 Karel ABRAHAM CZE AB Motoracing Honda 1'36.530 3.659 / 0.204

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