There was off-track drama in the way of a power cut that resulted in the session starting seven minutes late. Once it did get underway, with perfect weather, Yamaha Factory Racing’s Lorenzo reduced his morning lap time by two tenths of a second to post 1’39.562. Crutchlow (Monster Yamaha Tech 3) and Pedrosa (Repsol Honda Team) were both two tenths inside that, with Valentino Rossi going fourth quickest.
Championship leader Marc Marquez (Repsol Honda), Alvaro Bautista (GO&FUN Honda Gresini), Andrea Iannone (Energy T.I. Pramac Racing) and Nicky Hayden (Ducati Team) filled positions five to eight as CRT riders impressed behind.
As predicted by many before this Gran Premio bwin de Espana weekend, the CRTs are challenging more midfield prototype runners than has been the case at previous events. Hector Barbera – battered and bruised after a motocross accident at the end of last week – was ninth for Avintia Blusens, beating Power Electronics Aspar’s Aleix Espargaro. Their speed is likely to make for a dramatic climax to Saturday’s third practice session, as an assortment of riders battle for a guaranteed position in Q2 Qualifying.
Several men found themselves with problems. As Cardion AB Motoracing’s Karel Abraham fought through the pain of a broken right collarbone after his Qualifying crash in Texas, Ignite Pramac Racing’s Ben Spies has not travelled to Jerez as he recovers from the trapped nerve which caused severe discomfort at the last round.
In this afternoon’s session, both Yonny Hernandez (PBM) and Stefan Bradl (LCR Honda MotoGP) suffered crashes, whereas Danilo Petrucci was presented with no option but to stop his Came IodaRacing Project machine as thick smoke and flames came from the exhaust. Ending the day 13th quickest, Ducati Team test rider Michele Pirro debuted a brand-new frame as he competes as a wildcard for the first time in 2013.
Practice 3, which also has a bearing on which riders will move directly into Q2 Qualifying, begins at 9:55am local time (GMT +2) on Saturday.
|1||99||Jorge LORENZO||SPA||Yamaha Factory Racing||Yamaha||1'39.562||0.000 / 0.000|
|2||35||Cal CRUTCHLOW||GBR||Monster Yamaha Tech 3||Yamaha||1'39.733||0.171 / 0.171|
|3||26||Dani PEDROSA||SPA||Repsol Honda Team||Honda||1'39.757||0.195 / 0.024|
|4||46||Valentino ROSSI||ITA||Yamaha Factory Racing||Yamaha||1'39.874||0.312 / 0.117|
|5||93||Marc MARQUEZ||SPA||Repsol Honda Team||Honda||1'39.889||0.327 / 0.015|
|6||19||Alvaro BAUTISTA||SPA||GO&FUN Honda Gresini||Honda||1'40.507||0.945 / 0.618|
|7||29||Andrea IANNONE||ITA||Energy T.I. Pramac Racing||Ducati||1'40.574||1.012 / 0.067|
|8||8||Hector BARBERA||SPA||Avintia Blusens||FTR||1'40.736||1.174 / 0.162|
|9||41||Aleix ESPARGARO||SPA||Power Electronics Aspar||ART||1'40.738||1.176 / 0.002|
|10||69||Nicky HAYDEN||USA||Ducati Team||Ducati||1'40.837||1.275 / 0.099|
|11||4||Andrea DOVIZIOSO||ITA||Ducati Team||Ducati||1'40.884||1.322 / 0.047|
|12||51||Michele PIRRO||ITA||Ducati Test Team||Ducati||1'40.902||1.340 / 0.018|
|13||38||Bradley SMITH||GBR||Monster Yamaha Tech 3||Yamaha||1'40.990||1.428 / 0.088|
|14||6||Stefan BRADL||GER||LCR Honda MotoGP||Honda||1'41.053||1.491 / 0.063|
|15||14||Randy DE PUNIET||FRA||Power Electronics Aspar||ART||1'41.078||1.516 / 0.025|
|16||9||Danilo PETRUCCI||ITA||Came IodaRacing Project||Ioda-Suter||1'41.751||2.189 / 0.673|
|17||7||Hiroshi AOYAMA||JPN||Avintia Blusens||FTR||1'41.774||2.212 / 0.023|
|18||71||Claudio CORTI||ITA||NGM Mobile Forward Racing||FTR Kawasaki||1'41.790||2.228 / 0.016|
|19||5||Colin EDWARDS||USA||NGM Mobile Forward Racing||FTR Kawasaki||1'42.058||2.496 / 0.268|
|20||68||Yonny HERNANDEZ||COL||Paul Bird Motorsport||ART||1'42.603||3.041 / 0.545|
|21||67||Bryan STARING||AUS||GO&FUN Honda Gresini||FTR Honda||1'42.606||3.044 / 0.003|
|22||70||Michael LAVERTY||GBR||Paul Bird Motorsport||PBM||1'42.974||3.412 / 0.368|
|23||17||Karel ABRAHAM||CZE||Cardion AB Motoracing||ART||1'43.356||3.794 / 0.382|
|24||52||Lukas PESEK||CZE||Came IodaRacing Project||Ioda-Suter||1'43.403||3.841 / 0.047|