MotoGP, Round 2, Red Bull Grand Prix of The Americas

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After a wet start to the Red Bull GP of The Americas, this afternoon the track dried up and allowed the MotoGP riders the opportunity to experience some dry track time. The track improved as the FP2 session continued and it was reigning World Champion, Marc Marquez, who finished on top. His time of 2’04.835 recorded on his final lap of ten, placed him 0.327 seconds ahead of satellite Honda rider Cal Crutchlow in the combined times. Marc’s teammate, Hiroshi Aoyama, finished the day in 16th with his time of 2’07.268 (lap 12/12). Hiroshi – standing in for injured Dani Pedrosa – was grateful to have some dry track time to assist his learning experience aboard the Honda RC213V. Today FP3 session is scheduled to begin at 09h55 local time. (from: hondaracingcorporation.com)

Marc Marquez – 1ST 2’04.835 [LAP 10/10]

Today was a positive day and in general it went fairly well. In the morning we rode in wet conditions, which was important because it is possible that Sunday’s race will be under the same circumstances and we were able to discard a few things. In the second session we were able to ride in the dry and, although we only put in five fast laps, the feeling was good and we could draw a few conclusions. Let’s hope that tomorrow the weather is dry and we can continue trying out some modifications to the bike to improve further –although the important thing is that our initial feeling is positive.”

Hiroshi Aoyama – 16TH 2’07.268 [LAP12/12]

Unfortunately this morning’s session was in wet conditions which wasn’t the easiest start for me in learning how to ride this bike. We adjusted the bike a little and by the end I had more confidence. This afternoon it was slightly damp still but we rode on the slicks so I could get some experience in drier conditions. We didn’t really change too much on the bike, I just needed to put in some laps as I’m still missing a good feeling on the bike.”

Results Session

Pos. Rider Num Nation Team Time/Gap
1 MARQUEZ Marc 93 SPA Repsol Honda Team 2’04.835
2 CRUTCHLOW Cal 35 GBR CWM LCR Honda 2’05.162
3 IANNONE Andrea 29 ITA Ducati Team 2’05.190
4 ESPARGARO Aleix 41 SPA Team Suzuki Ecstar 2’05.564
5 DOVIZIOSO Andrea 4 ITA Ducati Team 2’05.646
6 ROSSI Valentino 46 ITA Movistar Yamaha MotoGP 2’05.691
7 ESPARGARO Pol 44 SPA Monster Yamaha Tech 3 2’05.840
8 BRADL Stefan 6 GER Athina Forward Racing 2’05.990
9 HERNANDEZ Yonny 68 COL Pramac Racing 2’06.092
10 SMITH Bradley 38 GBR Monster Yamaha Tech 3 2’06.134
11 LORENZO Jorge 99 SPA Movistar Yamaha MotoGP 2’06.174
12 REDDING Scott 45 GBR Estrella Galicia 0,0 Marc VDS 2’06.216
13 PETRUCCI Danilo 9 ITA Pramac Racing 2’06.294
14 DI MEGLIO Mike 63 FRA Avintia Racing 2’06.591
15 VINALES Maverick 25 SPA Team Suzuki Ecstar 2’07.011
16 AOYAMA Hiroshi 7 JPN Repsol Honda Team 2’07.268
17 BAUTISTA Alvaro 19 SPA Aprilia Racing Team Gresini 2’07.419
18 BARBERA Hector 8 SPA Avintia Racing 2’07.581
19 MILLER Jack 43 AUS CWM LCR Honda 2’07.916
20 LAVERTY Eugene 50 IRE Aspar MotoGP Team 2’07.968
21 ABRAHAM Karel 17 CZE AB Motoracing 2’08.266
22 HAYDEN Nicky 69 USA Aspar MotoGP Team 2’08.762
23 BAZ Loris 76 FRA Athina Forward Racing 2’09.372
24 MELANDRI Marco 33 ITA Aprilia Racing Team Gresini 2’11.258
25 DE ANGELIS Alex 15 RSM Athina Forward Racing 2’12.409