2015 Barcelona MotoGP FP2 Result: Aleix Espargaro Puts Suzuki On Top

The updates Suzuki have brought to Barcelona are starting to pay dividends. After getting both riders in the top five during the morning session of free practice for MotoGP, they have repeated that achievement again in FP2, with Aleix Espargaro topping the second session by nearly three tenths of a second. The Repsol Hondas are fast, especially for just a single lap, with both Marc Marquez and Dani Pedrosa pushing to the top of the order at the end of the session, Marquez taking 2nd, Pedrosa grabbing 3rd.

Andrea Dovizioso was the first of the Ducatis home in 4th place, just ahead of the second Suzuki of Maverick Viñales. Andrea Iannone took 6th, just ahead of Jorge Lorenzo, who was the first Yamaha home in 7th. Cal Crutchlow put the LCR Honda into 8th spot, with Pol Espargaro the next best Yamaha, the Tech 3 rider over a second slower than his brother on the Suzuki. Scott Redding put in a quick lap to grab 10th, and the final spot in Q2, a good recovery after a big crash earlier in the session.


Pos No. Rider Bike Time Diff Diff Previous
1 41 Aleix Espargaro Suzuki 1'41.158    
2 93 Marc Marquez Honda 1'41.443 0.285 0.285
3 26 Dani Pedrosa Honda 1'41.789 0.631 0.346
4 4 Andrea Dovizioso Ducati 1'41.823 0.665 0.034
5 25 Maverick Viñales Suzuki 1'41.922 0.764 0.099
6 29 Andrea Iannone Ducati 1'41.938 0.780 0.016
7 99 Jorge Lorenzo Yamaha 1'42.034 0.876 0.096
8 35 Cal Crutchlow Honda 1'42.044 0.886 0.010
9 44 Pol Espargaro Yamaha 1'42.313 1.155 0.269
10 45 Scott Redding Honda 1'42.354 1.196 0.041
11 46 Valentino Rossi Yamaha 1'42.367 1.209 0.013
12 68 Yonny Hernandez Ducati 1'42.417 1.259 0.050
13 38 Bradley Smith Yamaha 1'42.645 1.487 0.228
14 8 Hector Barbera Ducati 1'42.697 1.539 0.052
15 76 Loris Baz Yamaha Forward 1'42.968 1.810 0.271
16 9 Danilo Petrucci Ducati 1'42.995 1.837 0.027
17 69 Nicky Hayden Honda 1'43.110 1.952 0.115
18 50 Eugene Laverty Honda 1'43.351 2.193 0.241
19 43 Jack Miller Honda 1'43.369 2.211 0.018
20 19 Alvaro Bautista Aprilia 1'43.463 2.305 0.094
21 17 Karel Abraham Honda 1'43.562 2.404 0.099
22 63 Mike Di Meglio Ducati 1'43.760 2.602 0.198
23 6 Stefan Bradl Yamaha Forward 1'43.851 2.693 0.091
24 15 Alex De Angelis ART 1'44.614 3.456 0.763
25 33 Marco Melandri Aprilia 1'45.323 4.165 0.709


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David, do you have top speed readings from FP2 to compare Suzuki to Honda/Yam/Ducati?

The Honda doesnt look all that bad.... Maybye the riders just didnt do it justice the previous rounds....

It's always been pretty quick over a single lap. It's when the rear tire starts to fade that they can't slide it into the corner with the same degree of control, hurting the lap time. Then when the front tire goes off it becomes a real handful

The video focussed quite a bit on the new Suzuki and the commentators talked about it a lot. What struck me most was that Aleix sure didn't mind the bike moving around under him quite a bit. Even on those long fast corners! Impressive! He just nailed the last half of his fast lap.

I could not help but notice that Marquez's last two laps ended up with his front tire in the exhaust of the bike he was following. No bike to follow.............no fastest lap imho. Alex Espargaro on the other hand was in open air even though I'd admit he was on the soft tire. In other words I'm not impressed with Marquez's last two laps. Just another tow job.

Top speed in FP2 was Marquez at 344.0 Km/h. A. Espargaro was 335.9 Km/h. A.Espargaro was 15th fastest. Buy a subscripton to MOTOGP.COM is my suggestion. Cheap and worth it. Rossi and Lorenzo were right at 337 Km/h. Top speed does not win races according to what I've seen. Never hurt to have it though.

I can't but help remembering how everybody ragged on Hector Barbera and how he used to look for a tow in qualifying. But do we rag on Marquez? No. Wonder why.

Just a WAG on my part, but I'm guessing people call Hector Barbera for searching for a tow more than they do Marquz for the following reasons:

1)Barbera searches for a tow more often than Marquez


2)Marquez is often able to cut laps that put him at the front, without a tow.

Are we talking about the same Marquez that had 13 race wins last year, has 2 premier class championships, 20 premier class wins, 25 poles, 32 podiums and 24 fastest laps and essentially rewrote the record book last year while only having 42 starts under his belt?

Just want to be sure that's the guy we're saying needs a tow.