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MotoGP: Top Spot For Magic Marquez At Modified Indianapolis Motor Speedway
Posted by: ASkyler on Aug 08, 2014 - 07:07 PM
MotoGP: Top Spot For Magic Marquez At Modified Indianapolis Motor Speedway

In FP2 for the premier class at the Red Bull Indianapolis Grand Prix, round ten of the 2014 MotoGP™ World Championship, Marc Marquez outpaced the rest of the field, whilst Andrea Iannone and Jorge Lorenzo were also in the top three around the modified IMS track.

World Champion Marquez (Repsol Honda Team) registered a 1’32.882 lap towards the end of FP2 to end the day on top, as he shaved more than 1.5s off his best lap from the morning. Iannone (Pramac Racing) and Lorenzo (Movistar Yamaha MotoGP) were respectively 0.222s and 0.542s behind Marquez.

In the morning session as the riders got a feel for the slightly shorter new MotoGP Indianapolis layout – with several modified corners and a resurfaced infield area – a 1’34.535 lap had been enough to put Valentino Rossi (Movistar Yamaha MotoGP) top of the timesheet. Rossi was ninth best in FP2, trailing pace setter Marquez by 0.716s.

The FP2 top five was completed by the experienced pair of Andrea Dovizioso (Ducati Team) and Dani Pedrosa (Repsol Honda Team), both off them just over half a second off P1.

The Friday top ten was completed by Stefan Bradl (LCR Honda MotoGP), Yonny Hernandez (Energy T.I. Pramac Racing), Aleix Espargaro (NGM Forward Racing), the aforementioned Rossi and Bradley Smith (Monster Yamaha Tech3).


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Standing in for Nicky Hayden, Leon Camier (Drive M7 Aspar) faced up admirably to the challenge of learning a new track, a new bike, new tyres and new brakes as he improved by more than 3.5s in FP2 from his FP1 best, though he was unsurprisingly at the bottom of the timesheet.

Moto2: Final Friday session topped by Aegerter

As Friday’s action at the updated Indianapolis Motor Speedway track drew to a close it was Dominique Aegerter who took the number one spot in Moto2™ FP2, in front of Sandro Cortese and Tito Rabat.

Sachsenring pole setter and race winner Aegerter (Technomag carXpert) showed his strength again to lead by 0.01s from Cortese (Dynavolt Intact GP) with a 1’37.518s best lap around Indy’s modified Grand Prix layout.

Championship leader Rabat (Marc VDS Racing Team) was 0.179s down on Aegerter in third place. Meanwhile Thomas Luthi (Interwetten Paddock Moto2) and Anthony West (QMMF Racing Team) completed the front five.

Simone Corsi (NGM Forward Racing), Maverick Viñales (Paginas Amarillas HP 40), Luis Salom (Paginas Amarillas HP 40), Alex De Angelis (Tasca Racing Moto2) and Jordi Torres (Mapfre Aspar Team Moto2) completed the top ten.

There were crashes in the session for Mattia Pasini (NGM Forward Racing), Ricard Cardus (Tech 3), Axel Pons (AGR Team) and Randy Krummenacher (IodaRacing Project) though none were seriously hurt. Krummenacher’s crash caused a brief red flag as debris was removed from the track, whilst Pasini’s fall saw him visit the Medical Centre for treatment on a finger wound on his left hand. The Italian returned to the track to continue riding before the end of the session.

Moto3: Isaac Viñales takes the initiative in rain-interrupted run

The Friday afternoon practice for the Moto3™ category at the Red Bull Indianapolis Grand Prix saw Isaac Viñales set the pace, as Alex Marquez and Jack Miller also registered top three lap times – in a session interrupted by rain.

Around the modified Indianapolis Motor Speedway’s new MotoGP™ layout, Red Bull KTM Ajo’s standings leader Miller had topped the FP1 session with a 1’45.824 as the riders got a feel for the altered corners, the newly resurfaced areas and a slightly shorter overall lap.

FP2 got underway with light rain falling but the pace was immediately faster then the morning outing, before the precipitation became heavier and the riders sheltered in their pit boxes.

However, they were soon able to get back on track and the pace increased in the final ten minutes with Viñales (Calvo Team) registering a 1’42.507 on his final lap for P1, going over three seconds quicker than in the morning practice.

Marquez (Estrella Galicia 0,0) and Miller were respectively 0.097s and 0.210s behind Viñales in the top three.

Efren Vazquez (SAXOPRINT RTG) and John McPhee (SAXOPRINT RTG) both also improved in the final minutes for top five positions.

Enea Bastianini (Junior Team Go&FUN Moto3), Brad Binder (Ambrogio Racing), Niccolo Antonelli (Junior Team GO&FUN Moto3), Danny Kent (Red Bull Husqvarna Ajo) and Alexis Masbou (Ongetta-Rivacold) were all in the top ten.

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