MotoGP: Repsol Honda duo find their rhythm in Argentina to finish 1-2 in FP2 (PR)

Mazbro n mbaksis, after a busy morning on a dirty track, Marc Marquez and Dani Pedrosa have made significant progress in this afternoon’s FP2 session, finishing first and second.
During this morning’s FP1 they chose to remain on the same soft rear tyre for the entire session whilst they adapted to the new track, whereas every other MotoGP rider put a fresh tyre on at the end of the session, thus demoting Marc and Dani to 14th and 16th respectively.

However, this afternoon on a cleaner track, both riders made substantial gains with Marc, who was over a second faster than anyone else, improving his time by 5.790s (FP1: 1’45.103) to 1’39.313 on lap 16 of 18, and Dani shaving 5.328s off his time with 1’40.396 on lap 18 of 18 (FP1: 1’45.724). What made this even more notable was the fact they recorded these impressive times on the hard rear Bridgestone tyre (and medium front).

MARC MARQUEZ – 1st – 1’39.313
“It was a fun day, it is always interesting to learn all the different corners and their secrets at a new track and the practice sessions go by more quickly. Maybe the day was affected by the first session, in which we sacrificed putting in a fast lap in order to keep the same tyre on during the entire session. That was to enable us to keep more tyres for the remainder of the weekend. This afternoon we were able to have a more normal practice session and the track had improved a lot. The tyre durability also seemed much greater than before, and I think that it will continue improving as the weekend goes on. I am happy with how this first day went and with the base that we have. We shall continue working in the same way, as we are aware that tomorrow’s times will be much closer”

DANI PEDROSA – 2nd – 1’57.130
“Overall this was a good first day, because we were able to try out the track in dry conditions. The asphalt was very dirty this morning and the tyres were getting destroyed immediately so we weren’t able to make much progress. In the afternoon the asphalt was better and we had an opportunity to put in some laps, testing things out with the bike and with the track. We were able to ride more consistently and gather data that will allow us to improve again tomorrow”

Pos. Rider Num. Nation Team Constructor Time/Gap
1 Marc Marquez 93 ESP Repsol Honda Team HONDA 1’39.313
2 Dani Pedrosa 26 ESP Repsol Honda Team HONDA 1’40.396
3 Aleix Espargaro 41 ESP NGM Mobile Forward Racing YAMAHA 1’40.566
4 Stefan Bradl 6 GER LCR Honda MotoGP HONDA 1’40.891
5 Andrea Dovizioso 4 ITA Ducati Team DUCATI 1’41.042
6 Bradley Smith 38 GBR Monster Yamaha Tech 3 YAMAHA 1’41.303
7 Pol Espargaro 44 ESP Monster Yamaha Tech 3 YAMAHA 1’41.368
8 Valentino Rossi 46 ITA Yamaha Factory YAMAHA 1’41.395
9 Jorge Lorenzo 99 ESP Yamaha Factory Racing YAMAHA 1’41.533
10 Andrea Iannone 29 ITA Pramac Racing DUCATI 1’41.924
11 Alvaro Bautista 19 ESP Go & Fun Honda Gresini HONDA 1’42.029
12 Yonny Hernandez 68 COL Pramac Racing DUCATI 1’42.128
13 Karel Abraham 17 CZE Cardion AB Motoracing HONDA 1’42.348
14 Colin Edwards 5 USA NGM Mobile Forward Racing YAMAHA 1’42.608
15 Nicky Hayden 69 USA Drive M7 Aspar HONDA 1’42.621
16 Hector Barbera 8 ESP Avintia Racing MotoGP FTR-KAWASAKI 1’42.739
17 Broc Parkes 23 AUS Paul Bird Motorsport PBM 1’42.827
18 Michele Pirro 51 ITA Ducati Team DUCATI 1’42.898
19 Danilo Petrucci 9 ITA IodaRacing Project IODA-SUTER 1’43.106
20 Mike Di Meglio 63 FRA Avintia Racing MotoGP FTR-KAWASAKI 1’43.125
21 Michael Laverty 70 GBR Paul Bird Motorsport ART & PBM 1’43.151
22 Scott Redding 45 GBR Go & Fun Honda Gresini HONDA 1’43.165
23 Hiroshi Aoyama 7 JPN Drive M7 Aspar HONDA 1’43.347


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