2013 Aragon MotoGP FP2 Result: Marquez The Man

Marc Marquez wrestled control of the second MotoGP free practice session on his opening run of laps and never looked back. The Repsol Honda rookie was never headed from the early running and was in scintillating form, his ominous lap time of 1:48.987 made him the only rider to dip into the one minute forty eight minute bracket.

He was followed by fellow Honda riders Stefan Bradl and Dani Pedrosa who locked out the top three placings. Jorge Lorenzo couldn't replicate his morning pace and had to settle for fourth place while Alvaro Bautista made it four Honda's in the top five, despite a late tumble, the Go & Fun Gresini rider was unharmed.

Cal Crutchlow and Valentino Rossi highlighted Yamaha's apparent struggles with the Aragon circuit finishing in disappointing sixth and seventh places respectively as Andrea Dovizioso, Aleix Espargaro and Nicky Hayden completed the top ten positions.


Pos. Num. Rider Bike Time Diff Diff Prev
1 93 Marc MARQUEZ Honda 1'48.987    
2 6 Stefan BRADL Honda 1'49.119 0.132 0.132
3 26 Dani PEDROSA Honda 1'49.254 0.267 0.135
4 99 Jorge LORENZO Yamaha 1'49.405 0.418 0.151
5 19 Alvaro BAUTISTA Honda 1'49.763 0.776 0.358
6 35 Cal CRUTCHLOW Yamaha 1'49.840 0.853 0.077
7 46 Valentino ROSSI Yamaha 1'49.909 0.922 0.069
8 4 Andrea DOVIZIOSO Ducati 1'50.034 1.047 0.125
9 41 Aleix ESPARGARO ART 1'50.055 1.068 0.021
10 69 Nicky HAYDEN Ducati 1'50.446 1.459 0.391
11 29 Andrea IANNONE Ducati 1'50.727 1.740 0.281
12 8 Hector BARBERA FTR 1'50.913 1.926 0.186
13 38 Bradley SMITH Yamaha 1'50.944 1.957 0.031
14 68 Yonny HERNANDEZ Ducati 1'51.345 2.358 0.401
15 71 Claudio CORTI FTR Kawasaki 1'51.461 2.474 0.116
16 14 Randy DE PUNIET ART 1'51.699 2.712 0.238
17 5 Colin EDWARDS FTR Kawasaki 1'52.020 3.033 0.321
18 9 Danilo PETRUCCI Ioda-Suter 1'52.121 3.134 0.101
19 7 Hiroshi AOYAMA FTR 1'52.227 3.240 0.106
20 70 Michael LAVERTY ART 1'53.220 4.233 0.993
21 23 Luca SCASSA ART 1'53.338 4.351 0.118
22 67 Bryan STARING FTR Honda 1'53.557 4.570 0.219
23 52 Lukas PESEK Ioda-Suter 1'54.793 5.806 1.236
24 50 Damian CUDLIN PBM 1'55.343 6.356 0.550


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The Spartan on his M1 vs the HRC hoard and an all Spanish train for the top 3 spots during qualy and the race on the cards. No disrespect to Bradl. At the other end of the prototype spectrum we have Ducati languishing in the wake. Was it not Ducati that took pole,1st and 3rd in the race with Preziosi's CF framed(unframed bike) back in 2010?
Now the thing is incapable of even matching Honda in a straight line. Looks like all the teeth have been pulled out of the bike over the past couple of years in the hope of making it 'rider friendly' for all. The situation sucks. Can't bear to watch,but will,as ever. Good on Marquez though,the bloke is phenomenal. Good weather and he will top Stoner's 2011 endeavours and stats at this specific track.

I suspect it is as much down to tyres as anything else. The older Ducatis had spec tyres originally built for the bike. As the years have progressed and the spec tyre has come in for everybody, Honda and Yamaha are simply building a bike better able to exploit the tyres.

Get rid of spec tyres! Bring back multiple tyre manufacturers!

It seems that the circuits are either Honda tracks or Yamaha tracks this season. And more so as the season progresses. The same isn't true in the CRT class as Aleix Espargaro rises like cream to the top no matter what circuit it is. Dovi's frustrations mount with each new race with no improvements while Hayden is even denies the chance to contribute. Maybe Ducati should take a sabbatical like Suzuki to get their act together, or not.

is mindblowing....but the difference in points is down,as it is so often,to the injuries to Lorenzo and (Pedrosa??) and the relative good health enjoyed so far by Marquez.....If he stays healthy,he looks like the leader till the end,suffer an injury things equalize very quickly.....I do not believe in asterisks,so the winner will be the winner...no ifs ands or buts......but the season isn't over yet and the clear difference has been the ability to avoid injury and the subsequent off podium results
which befell his rivals earlier in the year.....

The Soup links each race week to Ryder Notes by Julian Ryder similar to Mat Oxley here... Julian has called the finishing order of this race and the remaining races this season already. Appears to be true. MM is the man, and I wish him well, but MGP has become a total bore. I am done and that is too bad.

I read yesterday that Laguna is officially off of the schedule just not announced for 2014. I know it was mentioned here a few weeks ago, but it seems to be confirmed. I will not go to Indy as the race and track sucks and because the riders themselves think it sucks. I will not go to Austin because I am huge Kevin Schwantz fan. Laguna is a great track to watch from and a great time outside of it.

Carmelo won't miss me, Motomatters won't miss my contribution, but I am done. Someone please send smoke signals if the racing improves.

I'm not a fan of Indy as a track either but it's hard to argue against the experience the fans have at that track.

The racing at the front will always go up and down. It's the nature of MotoGP/500. Same as in F1. When you're at this level, it's a bit different. Most want to remember the "Golden years" but fail to remember how each race wasn't a barn burner. We only want to remember the good races. They're the ones that stick out. Same with any racing series. We like to recall those because they produced an exciting race that was memorable but tend to forget the "boring ones" of the same season. Same will be true this year.

I'll always be a fan of two wheeled racing. And understand that at this level, not every race will be exciting at the front.

No asterisks for Marquez - he's beaten both JLo and Pedro in 6 races, and at least one of them in another 5 races. So out of 13 races he's beaten at least one of the favorites 11 times. Conversely JLo and Pedro have only both beaten Marquez one time. One. Add in a DNF out of, what, second place I think and that's all 13 races right there. Injuries are really only a small part of his championship lead. Most of it is just being fast.

Jorge has beaten Marc five times and Dani has beaten Marc four times.

you are saying that IF(if) MM falls and breaks his collarbone and fails to podium in the three following races,that the points gap won't tighten up with either or both JL/ DP making up the ground lost to their injuries? That was my point,not that there was any asterisk whatsoever for MM. He has earned his lead and the glory that comes with his remarkable rookie season....but again,I state the reason for the points gap as it exists is down to the injuries to JL and DP and ask the question once again...IF......

Go Marquez, awesome to behold. Jorge and Dani have been blown away by the rookie... Any talk of Jorge asking for a factory honda yet?? How many Hondas were there in the 990s?? I seem to remember six or so of them ahead of Max Biaggi on his yam, a time or two..Though that didn't work out for max due to a young upstart back then either....

Doubt it ! He has honed his riding to sweet handling M1 to a T. Even he won't adapt to the HRC bike in a hurry. Complain and moan and so be it. The tyre war needs to be remanufactured. The game at this stage is like the financial global markets. If you are not tied into some form of financial ponsi scheme,you are not going to win anything. Insider trading within MGP spoils the sport. We wait and watch,for how long before the bubble bursts? Like housing marketing. I guess time will tell. Back on topic, Marquez' times are sure telling.
I guess he knows as do HRC that he has much in hand over George(Machinery), Dani,(Agression). With a 34 point lead and a cool head, I don't see him chucking Aragon down the dustpipe. Aragon is probably the pinnacle of GP 2013. If Marquez and his bike hold sway after a bad start and get a podium it's tickets for King Kenny's record. Personally,in spite of all the 'rookie' rhetoric. Marquez has them all in check. Geoge will go for everything and is as tough as nails. Marc knows it,but,Valentino Rossi proves yet again his self focused agenda. Anyway, all the best to him and his M3 team. High time he vacated the M1 seat.
Sure he can win on Sunday if all fall down. I just don't understand why the GPC don't cap the sport at age 30 entry. Oh yeah...money and ponsi schemes!!