Barcelona MotoGP: Bradley Smith quickest in second practice
|Friday, June 13th 2014, 12:57 GMT|
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