Silverstone MotoGP: Marc Marquez fastest in practice two
|Friday, August 29th 2014, 14:07 GMT|
Marc Marquez remained a class apart in the second MotoGP practice session at Silverstone ahead of the British Grand Prix.
After his commanding morning performance, Marquez quickly brushed aside early practice two pacesetter Andrea Dovizioso and then gave himself a one-second margin over the pack with a 2m02.126s halfway through the session.
The Honda rider might have improved on that with his very last lap, but traffic at Woodcote spoilt it.
Stefan Bradl ended up as Marquez's closest rival on the LCR Honda, half a second down.
Dovizioso was third for Ducati, claiming the place from top Briton Bradley Smith with his last lap.
There was plenty of encouragement for the home crowd, with Smith keeping his Tech 3 Yamaha in the top three for a long spell, and countryman Scott Redding putting Gresini's production Honda sixth.
Yonny Hernandez also starred with fifth place on Pramac's older-spec Ducati, two places ahead of team-mate Andrea Iannone's upgraded bike.
As the underdogs and home riders forced their way into the top 10, Marquez's regular challengers continued to struggle as they did in the first session.
Dani Pedrosa was only ninth on the second works Honda, this time 1.284s slower than Marquez, while neither factory Yamaha made the top 10 - with Jorge Lorenzo 11th and Valentino Rossi 13th.
Lorenzo firmly blamed Bridgestone's tyre choice for the Silverstone event, predicting "a hard weekend for the Yamaha riders".
MotoGP's Friday running passed relatively incident-free. Bradl, Pedrosa and Hiroshi Aoyama all had minor trips off the road, and Leon Camier's Aspar Honda parked out on track late on.
Pos Rider Team/Bike Time Gap 1. Marc Marquez Honda 2m02.126s 2. Stefan Bradl LCR Honda 2m02.635s +0.509s 3. Andrea Dovizioso Ducati 2m03.011s +0.885s 4. Bradley Smith Tech 3 Yamaha 2m03.070s +0.944s 5. Yonny Hernandez Pramac Ducati 2m03.327s +1.201s 6. Scott Redding Gresini Honda 2m03.333s +1.207s 7. Andrea Iannone Pramac Ducati 2m03.353s +1.227s 8. Alvaro Bautista Gresini Honda 2m03.391s +1.265s 9. Dani Pedrosa Honda 2m03.410s +1.284s 10. Aleix Espargaro Forward Yamaha 2m03.468s +1.342s 11. Jorge Lorenzo Yamaha 2m03.500s +1.374s 12. Pol Espargaro Tech 3 Yamaha 2m03.542s +1.416s 13. Valentino Rossi Yamaha 2m03.952s +1.826s 14. Cal Crutchlow Ducati 2m04.057s +1.931s 15. Alex de Angelis Forward Yamaha 2m04.411s +2.285s 16. Hiroshi Aoyama Aspar Honda 2m04.762s +2.636s 17. Leon Camier Aspar Honda 2m04.928s +2.802s 18. Karel Abraham Cardion Honda 2m05.002s +2.876s 19. Danilo Petrucci Ioda Aprilia 2m05.827s +3.701s 20. Michael Laverty PBM-Aprilia 2m06.335s +4.209s 21. Hector Barbera Avintia FTR-Kawasaki 2m06.369s +4.243s 22. Broc Parkes PBM-Aprilia 2m07.855s +5.729s 23. Mike di Meglio Avintia FTR-Kawasaki 2m08.397s +6.271s