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Barcelona MotoGP: Bradley Smith quickest in second practice

Bradley Smith was a surprise pacesetter in the second Friday practice session for MotoGP's Catalunya Grand Prix at Barcelona.

The Tech 3 Yamaha rider was one of two satellite team underdogs to star in the session, as he fended off LCR Honda's Stefan Bradl by 0.007 seconds.

Smith's 1m42.123s lap was half a second shy of Aleix Espargaro's Friday benchmark from the morning session.

Championship leader Marc Marquez had led into the closing minutes before Smith and Bradl set their times.

After a low-key morning, it had taken until halfway through the afternoon for Marquez's Honda to make its first appearance atop the timesheets, the Spaniard deposing Bradl just after the German had moved into a brief tenure in first place.

The Yamahas had led the way initially again, this time with Valentino Rossi heading Jorge Lorenzo.

But Rossi did not improve on his early 1m42.629s in the latter stages and fell to sixth.

All four Factory class Yamahas were still in the top six, with Lorenzo and Smith's team-mate Pol Espargaro fourth and fifth.

Andrea Dovizioso was top Ducati in seventh, just ahead of Pramac duo Yonny Hernandez and Andrea Iannone, while Dani Pedrosa only managed 10th on the second works Honda.

Morning pacesetter Aleix Espargaro was way back in 12th. His final run had been spoilt when he had a massive moment at the last corner while trying to catch Michael Laverty for a slipstream, and then went wide over the run-off at Turn 1.

After successfully completing opening practice, Nicky Hayden covered another 17 laps in the afternoon, although the American - who is assessing whether he is fit to race after recent surgery - was only 18th.


Pos Rider             Bike                   Time       Gap      Laps
 1. Bradley Smith     Tech 3 Yamaha          1m42.123s            20
 2. Stefan Bradl      LCR Honda              1m42.130s  +0.007s   20
 3. Marc Marquez      Honda                  1m42.274s  +0.151s   19
 4. Jorge Lorenzo     Yamaha                 1m42.282s  +0.159s   15
 5. Pol Espargaro     Tech 3 Yamaha          1m42.608s  +0.485s   19
 6. Valentino Rossi   Yamaha                 1m42.629s  +0.506s   17
 7. Andrea Dovizioso  Ducati                 1m42.812s  +0.689s   16
 8. Yonny Hernandez   Pramac Ducati          1m42.860s  +0.737s   17
 9. Andrea Iannone    Pramac Ducati          1m43.037s  +0.914s   20
10. Dani Pedrosa      Honda                  1m43.078s  +0.955s   17
11. Alvaro Bautista   Gresini Honda          1m43.160s  +1.037s   18
12. Aleix Espargaro   Forward Yamaha         1m43.198s  +1.075s   12
13. Scott Redding     Gresini Honda          1m43.612s  +1.489s   17
14. Cal Crutchlow     Ducati                 1m43.725s  +1.602s   18
15. Colin Edwards     Forward Yamaha         1m43.819s  +1.696s   18
16. Michele Pirro     Ducati                 1m43.908s  +1.785s   18
17. Hector Barbera    Avintia FTR-Kawasaki   1m43.961s  +1.838s   15
18. Nicky Hayden      Aspar Honda            1m44.027s  +1.904s   17
19. Hiroshi Aoyama    Aspar Honda            1m44.096s  +1.973s   19
20. Karel Abraham     Cardion Honda          1m44.125s  +2.002s   14
21. Michael Laverty   PBM Aprilia            1m44.525s  +2.402s   17
22. Broc Parkes       PBM Aprilia            1m44.852s  +2.729s   16
23. Mike di Meglio    Avintia FTR-Kawasaki   1m45.482s  +3.359s   14
24. Michel Fabrizio   Ioda Aprilia           1m47.329s  +5.206s   16
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