2016 Austin MotoGP FP2: Marquez.............................................Everyone Else

Marc Marquez apparently decided that the two-tenths margin he’d established in FP1 was insufficient, so he extended that gap to seven-tenths of a second in FP2 Friday at the Circuit of the Americas in Texas. Marquez did, however, make things interesting with a mid-practice crash when the front end washed out near the pit entrance at Turn 20. But by then, he’d already set the fast time, a habit he continued on his backup bike.

Andrea Iannone, hoping for a better weekend than the last one in Argentina, was second-fastest, just nipping Maverick Vinales (3rd) near the end of the day's practice. Last weekend, Iannone crashed out of the race with a podium in sight, taking his teammate Andrea Dovizioso with him. If the crash affected his confidence, it wasn't apparent at COTA where he has been in the top three in both practices thus far.

Scott Redding also has found something here in Austin, taking fourth-fastest in FP2 after grabbing sixth in the morning's FP1. Jorge Lorenzo was right on his heels in fifth, followed closely by teammate Valentino Rossi (6th). Loris Baz (7th) and Dan Pedrosa (8th) had nearly identical times, separated by four-thousandths. Andrea Dovizioso (9th) and Cal Crutchlow (10th) completed the top 10.

Worth noting is Marquez's place as the only Honda at the front. Pedrosa, his teammate and a rider who finished second here in 2014, hovered near the bottom of the top 10 throughout practice. Crutchlow's 10th makes it three Hondas in the top 10 but only one in the top seven. If Marquez wins Sunday, it will be his 10th win in a row on American soil. 


Pos. No. Rider Bike Time Diff. / Prev. 
1 93 Marc MARQUEZ Honda 2'04.034  
2 29 Andrea IANNONE Ducati 2'04.740 0.706 / 0.706
3 25 Maverick VIÑALES Suzuki 2'04.895 0.861 / 0.155
4 45 Scott REDDING Ducati 2'04.899 0.865 / 0.004
5 99 Jorge LORENZO Yamaha 2'04.901 0.867 / 0.002
6 46 Valentino ROSSI Yamaha 2'04.974 0.940 / 0.073
7 76 Loris BAZ Ducati 2'05.190 1.156 / 0.216
8 26 Dani PEDROSA Honda 2'05.194 1.160 / 0.004
9 4 Andrea DOVIZIOSO Ducati 2'05.195 1.161 / 0.001
10 35 Cal CRUTCHLOW Honda 2'05.393 1.359 / 0.198
11 8 Hector BARBERA Ducati 2'05.488 1.454 / 0.095
12 51 Michele PIRRO Ducati 2'05.597 1.563 / 0.109
13 44 Pol ESPARGARO Yamaha 2'05.616 1.582 / 0.019
14 41 Aleix ESPARGARO Suzuki 2'05.662 1.628 / 0.046
15 68 Yonny HERNANDEZ Ducati 2'05.761 1.727 / 0.099
16 50 Eugene LAVERTY Ducati 2'05.891 1.857 / 0.130
17 6 Stefan BRADL Aprilia 2'05.922 1.888 / 0.031
18 19 Alvaro BAUTISTA Aprilia 2'06.157 2.123 / 0.235
19 38 Bradley SMITH Yamaha 2'06.479 2.445 / 0.322
20 43 Jack MILLER Honda 2'06.777 2.743 / 0.298
21 53 Tito RABAT Honda 2'07.044 3.010 / 0.267


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I laughed at the ............

I did not expect Marquez to be so strong. So far seems like al he has to do is not crash.

The fight for 2nd will be tough though.

Very creative and accurate heading for this article. It's not only true in Friday's Free-Practices but also precisely indicative of the man's stature in the sport overall - not just at COTA. The true GOAT.

Dear rivals: Boo! Deal with it. Yours very truly, MM93.

Trap speeds say everyone is super close in top speed. Of course the Ducati is on top but not by much, but the Suzuki and the Aprilia are right with the Yamaha!

Slowest bike? Satellite Honda. Times have changed.

Go get em Iannone and Vinales!

Jack Miller miller had a very nast crashes through the S's from what I read over on Soup. Said he was pretty slow getting up. Im sure that wont help come sunday. 

Miller high sided in FP1 and was taken for a scan on his ankle, but nothing was broken. I thought it was coming out of turn 18 but I might be wrong. As far as Smith goes they asked Herve about it during FP2 and he said that Brad always struggles here and so does Tech 3. So no real explanation on that one. 

Jack Miller had a nasty highside. I could be wrong but it looked like the TC allowed the back to step out very quickly and quite far, and then chopped it completely, so it kicked big time. He did just lay on the ground for a while. I understand the medical centre gave him an all clear, but obviously he's a bit battered and bruised. And obviously, his confidence is a bit shaken as well. He is normally about as quick as Loris Baz, or slightly better. Not today he isn't...

I know it's just FP2, but Redding ahead of Rossi and Lorenzo, and Baz ahead of Pedrosa? Good stuff, but no doubt it will all change by Sunday's race.