2013 Phillip Island MotoGP FP2 Result: Lorenzo Streaks Ahead

Jorge Lorenzo has continued with his impressive morning form to top the second MotoGP free practice session at Phillip Island. The reigning World Champion looked in imperious form and finished the beautifully sunny session almost half a second ahead of the field with a lap time of 1:28.961. His countryman Alvaro Bautista was the closest anyone could get and ended the session in an impressive second place, recovering from a crash at turn six early on.

Dani Pedrosa had an odd mechanical issue late in the session, with a part of his Honda prototype machine dangling loose, perhaps the gear linkage or an engine bolt, he was forced to sit out the closing stages but still managed to finish third. The Yamaha pairing of Valentino Rossi and Cal Crutchlow rounded out the top five ahead of Marc Marquez who crashed heavily early in the session. The young Spaniard had a very fast high side over the top of Lukey Heights but managed to land relatively softly on the grass run-off area, slide to a halt and walk away completely unharmed. Bradley Smith, a revitalised Randy DePuniet and the Ducati duo of Nicky Hayden and Andrea Dovizioso completed the top ten. 

Hector Barbera was the only other rider to crash, the fiery Spaniard went down late in the session but managed to come away unscathed. LCR Honda rider Stefan Bradl was declared unfit to ride following FP1 and didn't participate, he has the option to have another fitness test tomorrow, but unfortunately he is very unlikely to take any further part in the Australian Grand Prix weekend.


Pos. Num. Rider Bike Time Diff Diff Prev
1 99 Jorge LORENZO Yamaha 1'28.961    
2 19 Alvaro BAUTISTA Honda 1'29.438 0.477 0.477
3 26 Dani PEDROSA Honda 1'29.478 0.517 0.040
4 46 Valentino ROSSI Yamaha 1'29.537 0.576 0.059
5 35 Cal CRUTCHLOW Yamaha 1'29.667 0.706 0.130
6 93 Marc MARQUEZ Honda 1'29.989 1.028 0.322
7 38 Bradley SMITH Yamaha 1'30.165 1.204 0.176
8 14 Randy DE PUNIET ART 1'30.215 1.254 0.050
9 69 Nicky HAYDEN Ducati 1'30.609 1.648 0.394
10 4 Andrea DOVIZIOSO Ducati 1'30.754 1.793 0.145
11 29 Andrea IANNONE Ducati 1'30.792 1.831 0.038
12 5 Colin EDWARDS FTR Kawasaki 1'30.917 1.956 0.125
13 41 Aleix ESPARGARO ART 1'31.091 2.130 0.174
14 68 Yonny HERNANDEZ Ducati 1'31.134 2.173 0.043
15 8 Hector BARBERA FTR 1'31.286 2.325 0.152
16 7 Hiroshi AOYAMA FTR 1'31.434 2.473 0.148
17 71 Claudio CORTI FTR Kawasaki 1'31.451 2.490 0.017
18 9 Danilo PETRUCCI Ioda-Suter 1'31.985 3.024 0.534
19 70 Michael LAVERTY ART 1'32.066 3.105 0.081
20 23 Luca SCASSA ART 1'32.261 3.300 0.195
21 67 Bryan STARING FTR Honda 1'32.290 3.329 0.029
22 52 Lukas PESEK Ioda-Suter 1'32.943 3.982 0.653
23 50 Damian CUDLIN PBM 1'34.969 6.008 2.026
NC 6 Stefan BRADL Honda      


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It's been announced by Shinji Aoki – Manager, Bridgestone Motorsport Tire Development Department that riders will have to use the harder rear tire options for the MotoGP race at Phillip Island due to the characteristics of the repaved track. That's one way of getting the riders to use the harder tires! And this after only one rider used the harder option rear in practice two. Let's hope the temperatures don't drop on Sunday.

Well look at Randy De Puniet, all up in front of the Ducatii and Aleix too! Must have had his wheaties this morning.

... got hold of one of Aleix's special ART's.

I await the calls of "give Randy an M1, if he can do that on an ART he would be an alien!".

He WAS fast, that was before leaving the LCR Honda Playboy team :(