MotoGP Brno: Marc Marquez tops crash-filled second practice

Honda's Marc Marquez topped an incident-packed second practice session for the Czech MotoGP at Brno, despite crashing again

MotoGP Brno: Marc Marquez tops crash-filled second practice

Track conditions approached 50C in hot conditions, and Marquez was one of the few riders to improve on the time he set in the first session.

His 1m56.513s was logged early on in the 45-minutes of running, and even though he fell at Turn 7 in the closing stages - his second crash of the day after a morning incident at Turn 13 - it wasn't bettered.

Marquez ended the session 0.076 seconds ahead of Yamaha's Jorge Lorenzo, however Lorenzo's morning time of 1m56.499s remained the best of the day.

Their factory team-mates were both involved in early incidents.

Dani Pedrosa's Honda appeared to lose fluid through Turn 13, and the Spaniard fell at Turn 14.

Reporting left foot pain, the reigning Brno winner did not reappear and finished the session in 17th place.

Behind Pedrosa on the road, championship leader Valentino Rossi came unstuck on the liquid at Turn 13 and fell - his first crash of the 2015 season - bu het was quickly back in action on his second Yamaha.

Rossi regrouped to log the fourth-fastest time, behind Ducati's Andrea Iannone, while Tech 3 Yamaha's Pol Espargaro improved late to be fifth.

Andrea Dovizioso was sixth and among a host of riders to fall late in the session as grip levels dropped.

Dovizioso lost his Ducati at Turn 5 and was followed by Claudio Corti, while Bradley Smith went down at the same corner shortly afterwards and Mike Di Meglio crashed at Turn 3.

Smith had been in sixth-place and a pioneer running the hard compound tyre on the front and rear of his Tech 3 entry.

After his fall, he lost positions to Suzuki's Aleix Espargaro and LCR Honda's Cal Crutchlow, to finish the session ninth.

PRACTICE TWO RESULTS:

Pos Rider Team Bike Gap Laps
1 Marc Marquez Honda Honda 1m56.513s 16
2 Jorge Lorenzo Yamaha Yamaha 0.076s 16
3 Andrea Iannone Ducati Ducati 0.237s 19
4 Valentino Rossi Yamaha Yamaha 0.561s 13
5 Pol Espargaro Tech 3 Yamaha 0.565s 16
6 Andrea Dovizioso Ducati Ducati 0.665s 12
7 Aleix Espargaro Suzuki Suzuki 0.689s 15
8 Cal Crutchlow LCR Honda 0.716s 16
9 Bradley Smith Tech 3 Yamaha 0.981s 16
10 Yonny Hernandez Pramac Racing Ducati 1.031s 16
11 Danilo Petrucci Pramac Racing Ducati 1.062s 16
12 Maverick Vinales Suzuki Suzuki 1.094s 16
13 Hector Barbera Avintia Racing Ducati 1.205s 16
14 Scott Redding Marc VDS Honda 1.347s 16
15 Stefan Bradl Aprilia Gresini Aprilia 1.971s 16
16 Jack Miller LCR Honda 1.999s 14
17 Dani Pedrosa Honda Honda 2.118s 2
18 Loris Baz Forward Racing Yamaha Forward 2.165s 15
19 Nicky Hayden Aspar Honda 2.299s 15
20 Alvaro Bautista Aprilia Gresini Aprilia 2.607s 14
21 Eugene Laverty Aspar Honda 2.792s 12
22 Mike Di Meglio Avintia Racing Ducati 2.969s 10
23 Alex de Angelis IodaRacing Project ART/Aprilia 3.167s 15
24 Claudio Corti Forward Racing Yamaha Forward 4.268s 12
25 Karel Abraham AB Motoracing Honda 4.748s 12


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