2014 Indianapolis MotoGP FP2 Result: Marquez Sends A Reminder

Marc Marquez reasserted his season-long dominance Friday with a fast lap of 1’32.882 — the only rider to dip into the 1’32s in either free practice. Marquez's time at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway put him slightly more that two-tenths clear of Andrea Iannone (2nd) and half a second in front of Jorge Lorenzo (3rd) as riders tried to work out the new lines and extra speed of the redesigned track.

Andrea Dovisioso improved on his FP1 showing with a fourth that put him just ahead of the circuit's only two-time MotoGP winner, Dani Pedrosa (5th). Stefan Bradl -- fastest in one of the four sectors -- came in sixth, ahead of a surprising Yonny Hernandez (7th) who was quick all session. Aleix Espargaro, who was running near the top of the timesheet early, dropped to eighth. And while Rossi improved on his FP1 time, he didn't improve nearly as much as his rivals which left him in ninth, seven-tenths of a second from the leader. The good news for Bradley Smith is that just like in FP1 he finished right behind Rossi. The bad news is that in FP2 it left him hanging on the bottom rung of the top 10.

While FP2 typically is a chance to fine tune qualifying and race setup, general paddock worries about rain on Saturday prompted team managers and riders to treat the session as a partial qualifying practice because the top times Friday will set the grid grouping if rain washes out the chance for fast laps during FP3.

The practice also was a scramble to get a handle on what amounts to a nearly new track. The new, consistent and abrasive surface -- much improved riders agreed -- and the five changed corners left riders working to figure out the ideal lines. Unusually, a different rider set the fastest split times in each of the four timing sectors.


Pos. No. Rider Bike Time Diff. / Prev.
1 93 Marc MARQUEZ Honda 1'32.882  
2 29 Andrea IANNONE Ducati 1'33.104 0.222 / 0.222
3 99 Jorge LORENZO Yamaha 1'33.424 0.542 / 0.320
4 4 Andrea DOVIZIOSO Ducati 1'33.432 0.550 / 0.008
5 26 Dani PEDROSA Honda 1'33.493 0.611 / 0.061
6 6 Stefan BRADL Honda 1'33.513 0.631 / 0.020
7 68 Yonny HERNANDEZ Ducati 1'33.531 0.649 / 0.018
8 41 Aleix ESPARGARO Forward Yamaha 1'33.587 0.705 / 0.056
9 46 Valentino ROSSI Yamaha 1'33.598 0.716 / 0.011
10 38 Bradley SMITH Yamaha 1'33.621 0.739 / 0.023
11 44 Pol ESPARGARO Yamaha 1'33.690 0.808 / 0.069
12 45 Scott REDDING Honda 1'33.971 1.089 / 0.281
13 35 Cal CRUTCHLOW Ducati 1'33.996 1.114 / 0.025
14 19 Alvaro BAUTISTA Honda 1'34.054 1.172 / 0.058
15 17 Karel ABRAHAM Honda 1'34.912 2.030 / 0.858
16 5 Colin EDWARDS Forward Yamaha 1'34.994 2.112 / 0.082
17 7 Hiroshi AOYAMA Honda 1'35.106 2.224 / 0.112
18 8 Hector BARBERA Avintia 1'35.231 2.349 / 0.125
19 70 Michael LAVERTY PBM 1'35.472 2.590 / 0.241
20 9 Danilo PETRUCCI ART 1'35.721 2.839 / 0.249
21 63 Mike DI MEGLIO Avintia 1'35.749 2.867 / 0.028
22 23 Broc PARKES PBM 1'35.941 3.059 / 0.192
23 2 Leon CAMIER Honda 1'36.394 3.512 / 0.453


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Graphic evidence of the difference between the Repsol Honda & the neutered RSV1000R. Scott Reading right up Marc Marquez's chuff through the turns leading onto the start/finish straight. Both get good drive off the corner, Redding tight in the slipstream & Marquez marches away to the tune of 6 to 7 bike lengths by the stripe! Were they both trying? Yes. Both set fastest times on that lap. Honda stacking the deck? Never!

Neutered? What an odd statement. What, you think Honda made the bike and then thought "Oh no wait, Hayden is gonna race this so it can't be too fast! Better turn the wick down a bit."

It's a one million dollar customer bike, what the hell did you expect?

If one Japanese company can supplys open class bikes capable in the right hands of beating their own factory bikes in qualifying & their own satellite bikes in races why cannot the the other? They can but they don't by conscious decision. Honda started with the championship winning bike & neutered ( got a better word?) it so it cannot offer a challenge to their satellite bikes let alone the factory entries, irrespective of the rider. Such cynicism sucks.

BTW Why mention Hayden? The comparison was with Redding & Marquez?

That comment must be the most hilarious thing related to MotoGP I've heard in a very long time... :-D ....yet, it is so saddening true! :-(

Please allow me to babble my amusement and anger at same time with it:

Some twenty years ago, "one million dollar" probably would have sufficed to bring up a whole privateer team with one rider in 500cc GP (maybe midfield, if not backmarker but, still, nonetheless...), and maybe even would allow access to a lease of two factory "works" racebikes of previous season.
And that was at a time where some realized that the class was reaching a peak of expense and some already predicting stagnation.

- As some may remember by that time, and ironically enough, Yamaha (through ROC and Harris) and Honda (with the NSR500V twin) pretty much saved a dying premier class that had numbers drop by each event at a certain point. Of course, those "privateer" customer GP racebikes were not cheap bikes for average joe's money, but they were actually very affordable for the time (each bike estimated between 80.000,00 to 150.000,00 Euros on today's translated currency, if memory serves me right, depending on kit/parts, etc) and could fill the grids without feeling as detached as most of the Open class bikes (especially the ex-CRTs and Honda's RCV1000R) look today on MotoGP.
- Smaller teams with own developped racebikes, like MUZ/Swissauto and Kenny Roberts KR (Modenas and Proton) were also there, even doing pretty decent results.
- There had been also the odd Fior, Paton and the ELF using unconvencional tecnologies for chassis and suspension, with various iterations using the privateer versions of japanese race engines. When was the last time we've seen such a thing in MotoGP in its whole 13 seasons of exhistance with 4-strokes? (I would say "never?")

Sure, there are still great things to see on today's MotoGP.
- There's great talent still (but only for the lucky few with the right passport and/or sponsor).
- There's decent racing (even if the racebikes are vastly neutered and riding styles are almost cloned like).
- There's great drama with the dance of contracts, or "this rider VS that one" antics, etc.
- There's also, thankfully, a much more prepared specialized press (with vast globalization thanks to better media channels).

All great things to (supposedly) make fans happy (even an old one like me) but, really, hasn't MotoGP become such a 'travesti' of Grand Prix, and so quickly, that one can't avoid but think when will this shite stop and, when it does, how bad will things be by then?

Pardon the long rant but, really, sometimes it all just makes me astonished.
Sorry for the interruption, please resume your program. :-)

Poor choice of words on my part. It will determing grid grouping not order. Made the fix to the story. Thanks for the catch.