It’s Yamaha’s Jorge Lorenzo Leading Friday at Jerez

Larry Lawrence | April 22, 2016
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Jorge Lorenzo promised to continue to give his all in spite of his recently announced move from Yamaha to Ducati next season and Friday at Jerez he showed he has no intention of backing off. Lorenzo put the Movistar Yamaha MotoGP machine atop the timing charts in Free Practice 2 kicking off day one of round four of the MotoGP Championship.

Lorenzo pushed his Yamaha to a time of 1:39.555, over 3-10ths faster than series leader Marc Marquez on the Honda, who turned a 1:39.9. The top two were the only riders to get into the 1:39s. Lorenzo had also led Free Practice 1 but was able to improve his time by 0.7s in the second session. This weekend Lorenzo is looking for victory to try and close the 21-point gap to Marquez in the championship standings.

Third in the session was somewhat of a surprise. It was Suzuki’s Aleix Espargaro clocking in at 1:40.093. Interestingly Espargaro’s Suzuki GSX-RR had a total of six winglets with three small ones down each side of the front fairing, Suzuki had planned to test them on Monday but Espargaro pushed to use them before. The elder Espargaro brother is continuing to ride on a wave of confidence after his return to the top five in America. On paper the layout of the Jerez circuit should suit the Suzuki GSX-RR more than any of the previous circuits.

Avintia Racing’s Hector Barbera was the leading Ducati Friday, running fourth with a time of 1:40.229 and Valentino Rossi was fifth with a 1:40.282 on his Yamaha.

Maverick Viñales (Team Suzuki Ecstar), Andrea Dovizioso (Ducati Team), Dani Pedrosa (Repsol Honda Team), Scott Redding (Octo Pramac Yakhnich) and Eugene Laverty (Aspar Team MotoGP) rounded out the top ten. Pedrosa was the only rider unable to improve his time in FP2, 0.102s slower in the second session.

MotoGP Free Practice 2 from Jerez – Friday, April 22, 2016

1 99 Jorge LORENZO SPA Movistar Yamaha MotoGP Yamaha 286.5 1’39.555
2 93 Marc MARQUEZ SPA Repsol Honda Team Honda 289.5 1’39.900 0.345 / 0.345
3 41 Aleix ESPARGARO SPA Team SUZUKI ECSTAR Suzuki 282.7 1’40.093 0.538 / 0.193
4 8 Hector BARBERA SPA Avintia Racing Ducati 291.8 1’40.229 0.674 / 0.136
5 46 Valentino ROSSI ITA Movistar Yamaha MotoGP Yamaha 285.8 1’40.282 0.727 / 0.053
6 25 Maverick VIÑALES SPA Team SUZUKI ECSTAR Suzuki 286.3 1’40.448 0.893 / 0.166
7 4 Andrea DOVIZIOSO ITA Ducati Team Ducati 294.0 1’40.737 1.182 / 0.289
8 45 Scott REDDING GBR OCTO Pramac Yakhnich Ducati 289.4 1’40.860 1.305 / 0.123
9 26 Dani PEDROSA SPA Repsol Honda Team Honda 289.4 1’40.925 1.370 / 0.065
10 50 Eugene LAVERTY IRL Aspar Team MotoGP Ducati 292.6 1’40.925 1.370
11 29 Andrea IANNONE ITA Ducati Team Ducati 295.0 1’41.017 1.462 / 0.092
12 68 Yonny HERNANDEZ COL Aspar Team MotoGP Ducati 289.2 1’41.028 1.473 / 0.011
13 35 Cal CRUTCHLOW GBR LCR Honda Honda 287.7 1’41.112 1.557 / 0.084
14 44 Pol ESPARGARO SPA Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Yamaha 289.5 1’41.167 1.612 / 0.055
15 6 Stefan BRADL GER Aprilia Racing Team Gresini Aprilia 287.7 1’41.178 1.623 / 0.011
16 38 Bradley SMITH GBR Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Yamaha 287.3 1’41.287 1.732 / 0.109
17 76 Loris BAZ FRA Avintia Racing Ducati 285.3 1’41.320 1.765 / 0.033
18 19 Alvaro BAUTISTA SPA Aprilia Racing Team Gresini Aprilia 285.0 1’41.573 2.018 / 0.253
19 51 Michele PIRRO ITA OCTO Pramac Yakhnich Ducati 289.8 1’41.841 2.286 / 0.268
20 43 Jack MILLER AUS Estrella Galicia 0,0 Marc VDS Honda 281.4 1’41.904 2.349 / 0.063
21 53 Tito RABAT SPA Estrella Galicia 0,0 Marc VDS Honda 281.6 1’42.230 2.675 / 0.326

 

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