2015 Austin MotoGP FP2 Result: Marquez Extends His Lease At COTA

Marc Marquez, who spent a fair bit of the second MotoGP free practice off the top of the timesheet, reclaimed his hold at COTA with a blistering 2'04.835 in mixed conditions. The only rider to dip into the 2'04s, Marquez reminded everyone that he still is the rider to beat at the Texas circuit where he has been dominant. 

Cal Crutchlow, on a satellite Honda, was relegated to second after holding the top spot in the final Friday practice for the MotoGP class. And Andrea Iannone, who finished third at the Losail circuit in the season's first contest, continued his strong form with a third-fastest time. Right behind him was the surprisingly quick Suzuki of Aleix Espargaro. Iannone's factory Ducati teammate, Andrea Doviziso, claimed fifth-fastest, eight-tenths behind the top spot. Qatar race winner Valentino Rossi grabbed sixth.

Conditions began in the wet but dried rapidly as the session progressed. At the start of the final 15 minutes of the 45-minute practice, riders pitted and switched to full slicks as the track heated up. However, qualifying and race weather are predicted to be wet. 


Pos. No. Rider Bike Time Diff. / Prev.
1 93 Marc MARQUEZ Honda 2'04.835  
2 35 Cal CRUTCHLOW Honda 2'05.162 0.327 / 0.327
3 29 Andrea IANNONE Ducati 2'05.190 0.355 / 0.028
4 41 Aleix ESPARGARO Suzuki 2'05.564 0.729 / 0.374
5 4 Andrea DOVIZIOSO Ducati 2'05.646 0.811 / 0.082
6 46 Valentino ROSSI Yamaha 2'05.691 0.856 / 0.045
7 44 Pol ESPARGARO Yamaha 2'05.840 1.005 / 0.149
8 6 Stefan BRADL Yamaha Forward 2'05.990 1.155 / 0.150
9 68 Yonny HERNANDEZ Ducati 2'06.092 1.257 / 0.102
10 38 Bradley SMITH Yamaha 2'06.134 1.299 / 0.042
11 99 Jorge LORENZO Yamaha 2'06.174 1.339 / 0.040
12 45 Scott REDDING Honda 2'06.216 1.381 / 0.042
13 9 Danilo PETRUCCI Ducati 2'06.294 1.459 / 0.078
14 63 Mike DI MEGLIO Ducati 2'06.591 1.756 / 0.297
15 25 Maverick VIÑALES Suzuki 2'07.011 2.176 / 0.420
16 7 Hiroshi AOYAMA Honda 2'07.268 2.433 / 0.257
17 19 Alvaro BAUTISTA Aprilia 2'07.419 2.584 / 0.151
18 8 Hector BARBERA Ducati 2'07.581 2.746 / 0.162
19 43 Jack MILLER Honda 2'07.916 3.081 / 0.335
20 50 Eugene LAVERTY Honda 2'07.968 3.133 / 0.052
21 17 Karel ABRAHAM Honda 2'08.266 3.431 / 0.298
22 69 Nicky HAYDEN Honda 2'08.762 3.927 / 0.496
23 76 Loris BAZ Yamaha Forward 2'09.372 4.537 / 0.610
24 33 Marco MELANDRI Aprilia 2'11.258 6.423 / 1.886
25 15 Alex DE ANGELIS ART 2'12.409 7.574 / 1.151


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I think Jorge is still having psychological effects after that crash in the wet a few years back. I remember the crash in Assen or Brno having an affect on his wet riding. Will have to search the articles on the site for the source.

Fastest of the RS Hondas, all of whom are dog slow though. Aoyama 2.5 seconds off the pace in 16th, but Honda apparently prefer that to having Casey ride even if he was top 5 cos they're worried he might not get a podium? Does that even make sense to you David? Is it possible they're protecting Pedrosa? What if Pedrosa's operation doesnt cure his issue, would they not have been far better to get Stoner on the bike in round 2 just in case he can be in title contention if Dani is forced to pull out?

Lorenzo just started a course of antibiotics for a bronchitis/respiratory infection.

We learnt that the Ducati GP15 is competitive in the wet and we learnt the GP15 is competitive at a stop/go track as well as a free flowing track like Qatar. Will be a good year to watch.

If I remember rightly the ducati generally did better in the wet, as its problems were mitigated by the slower speeds and the race became more about who can best manage wet conditions

I propose a moratorium on Casey Stoner comments until we get to a race for which neither Aoyama, Pedrosa or any rider has been confirmed to ride alongside Marquez. Relevant historical references can be permitted in moderation.

Crutchlow critics:
Last race he was top satellite. Today he is 2nd spot behind MM.

His response to his #2 position:
For Crutchlow, it was a good feeling to finish 2nd after his big crash during the race at turn 2 in last years race: “I spent all day being scared through that corner as it was the biggest crash of my career. We took our time to build up the confidence, but overall I feel quite happy.” When asked if his new chassis was better than the old one, he admitted it was hard to tell without riding them back to back: “I can’t tell you whether its better at this stage, but of course it should be better or the Factory team wouldn't be riding on it.”

So go ahead and say it on the record. Is he "mentally weak" or "making excuses" by saying he was scared? Is he "compaining" and "ungrateful" for his chassis comments? I see the opposite. And am looking forward to the end of simplistic personal attacks based on your ego, attacking a man that is expressive, honest, genuine, straightforward, friendly, and has the integrity, self awareness and courage to be openly vulnerable. You attacking that makes you....well, not like Cal. And he is fast. Me? I am going to criticize his livery. And you. Not looking too good from where I sit.

I don't get the general negativity towards Cal, I can only assume there is a reason outside of his riding. Is it because he is British? Is it because he is outspoken and says things as they are (I know a lot of the people I see crapping on him like other riders FOR this very reason, which is quite interesting)?

The guy is fast, he has proven it, I am not sure what people want to see from him now. It was ok last year for Bradl not to be fighting for wins, but now people expect Cal to be? There is a huge amount of hypocrisy when reading comments regarding Cal and I really don't get it, there seems to be very little foundation for it. Other than perhaps something out with his ability on a bike.

To misquote Jefferson Airplane "Don't you need somebody to hate".

The on-line world is rife with haters and pin-stickers, mis-imagining their own personal voodoo actually has one iota of impact. Thus will it ever be so, sadly.

I just watch and admire the sublime talents of all of them, each one riding better than I can ever hope to, even on their worst day.

Casey's gone, Dani's out of action for the minute, Vali's on his path to personal redemption after the Ducati miscalculation. I guess Saggy Bollocks (crutch-low) is the man.........

I believe it's a mix of those things, being british, speaking his mind, and at times a combination of speaking too soon ... just before making a mistake :)

He's not faultless and not always wise, but he is fast, he is brave and honest. So I like him!