MotoGP: Repsol Honda duo lock-out top two places in FP2

After a brief hailstone and rain shower that meant an early finish to the Moto3 FP2 session, the track dried out quickly for the MotoGP boys to start their second session of the day. The session could be an important 45 minutes of the overall weekend as the weather forecast for tomorrow is looking inclement to say the least, so times from today’s dry session could well dictate the top ten for Q2 tomorrow afternoon.

Pedrosa and Marquez, first and second in FP2 in France

Photo: Repsol Honda

Local hero Randy de Puniet and his Aspar ART CRT machine was first to check the track conditions this afternoon with the rest of the field following on once they’d witnessed his lap times. It was a see-saw battle early on between the Yamaha of Lorenzo and the Honda of Marquez swapping times almost at will from Pedrosa, quietly going about his business, ahead of Rossi and Bradl all running faster times than this mornings session.

Tech3 man Crutchlow ran on at the esses round the back of the circuit whilst holding sixth place and animatedly berated himself before going on to immediately post the fifth fastest time on his next circulation as Lorenzo posted his best lap of the day with a 1:34.201 just 0.085s ahead of Marquez and the top 8 covered by just 1 second.

A storming lap from Jerez victor Pedrosa regained the top spot from this mornings session with a 1:34.155s and with 10 minutes left of the session it read Pedrosa, Lorenzo, Marquez, Dovizioso, Bradl, Crutchlow, Rossi, Bautista, Hayden and Espargaro in tenth as top CRT. Pramac Ducati rookie Andrea Iannone was pitched from his seat at the final corner, falling uninjured and was able to return to the track on his second bike.

In a frantic final 2 minutes of the session Valentino Rossi hauled his Yamaha M1 to second place on the timesheets just 0.018s in arrears of Pedrosa with just 0.144s covering the top five, as Marquez responded immediately to steal second place from the rejuvenated 9-time World Champion as Lorenzo had no answer to the pace of the top 3 however his metronomic race pace was much in evidence as Dovozioso, Bautista and Bradley Smith posted their best times of the day on their final laps.

As the flag dropped on the session Pedrosa retained the top spot from FP1 from Marquez, Rossi, Lorenzo, Bradl and Crutchlow, the top eight covered by just 0.555s.

Pos. Num. Rider Nation Team Bike Km/h Time Gap 1st/Prev.
1 26 Dani PEDROSA SPA Repsol Honda Team Honda 308.6 1’34.035
2 93 Marc MARQUEZ SPA Repsol Honda Team Honda 304.4 1’34.169 0.134 / 0.134
3 46 Valentino ROSSI ITA Yamaha Factory Racing Yamaha 302.9 1’34.173 0.138 / 0.004
4 99 Jorge LORENZO SPA Yamaha Factory Racing Yamaha 305.6 1’34.201 0.166 / 0.028
5 6 Stefan BRADL GER LCR Honda MotoGP Honda 305.5 1’34.299 0.264 / 0.098
6 35 Cal CRUTCHLOW GBR Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Yamaha 304.5 1’34.512 0.477 / 0.213
7 4 Andrea DOVIZIOSO ITA Ducati Team Ducati 302.0 1’34.578 0.543 / 0.066
8 69 Nicky HAYDEN USA Ducati Team Ducati 298.5 1’34.590 0.555 / 0.012
9 19 Alvaro BAUTISTA SPA GO&FUN Honda Gresini Honda 306.5 1’34.739 0.704 / 0.149
10 41 Aleix ESPARGARO SPA Power Electronics Aspar ART 288.0 1’35.045 1.010 / 0.306
11 38 Bradley SMITH GBR Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Yamaha 302.9 1’35.362 1.327 / 0.317
12 29 Andrea IANNONE ITA Energy T.I. Pramac Racing Ducati 304.9 1’35.433 1.398 / 0.071
13 14 Randy DE PUNIET FRA Power Electronics Aspar ART 289.5 1’35.447 1.412 / 0.014
14 51 Michele PIRRO ITA Ignite Pramac Racing Ducati 299.7 1’35.864 1.829 / 0.417
15 8 Hector BARBERA SPA Avintia Blusens FTR 289.6 1’35.940 1.905 / 0.076
16 5 Colin EDWARDS USA NGM Mobile Forward Racing FTR Kawasaki 286.8 1’36.449 2.414 / 0.509
17 71 Claudio CORTI ITA NGM Mobile Forward Racing FTR Kawasaki 287.3 1’36.643 2.608 / 0.194
18 17 Karel ABRAHAM CZE Cardion AB Motoracing ART 284.3 1’36.759 2.724 / 0.116
19 9 Danilo PETRUCCI ITA Came IodaRacing Project Ioda-Suter 283.1 1’36.764 2.729 / 0.005
20 7 Hiroshi AOYAMA JPN Avintia Blusens FTR 287.4 1’36.821 2.786 / 0.057
21 68 Yonny HERNANDEZ COL Paul Bird Motorsport ART 283.0 1’37.104 3.069 / 0.283
22 67 Bryan STARING AUS GO&FUN Honda Gresini FTR Honda 284.8 1’37.878 3.843 / 0.774
23 70 Michael LAVERTY GBR Paul Bird Motorsport PBM 288.0 1’38.023 3.988 / 0.145
24 52 Lukas PESEK CZE Came IodaRacing Project Ioda-Suter 283.6 1’38.818 4.783 / 0.795

Times courtesy of motogp.com

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