2017 Austin MotoGP MotoGP FP2 Result: Marquez Responds And Reminds

Marc Marquez apparently didn’t like the view from second so he returned to the timesheet position of which he is accustomed at the Circuit of the Americas near Austin, Texas. The reigning world champion set the best time of the day on his final lap with a 2'04.061 to lead the pack by more that two-tenths of a second at Friday's final practice.

But it wasn't rival Maverick Vinales he pushed into second place; It was Johan Zarco. The French rider continues to show startling speed on his satellite Yamaha with a 2'04.347 that briefly topped the charts before Marquez's hot lap. Maverick Vinales, who finished FP1 looking like a contender to Marquez's Texas dominance, ended the day in third place, nearly four-tenths off the top time.

Valentino Rossi, eighth in FP1, made a leap forward with a fast lap that put him in fourth but still seven-tenths from the top time. Dani Pedrosa (5th) who spent much of FP2 locked into third, was pushed down the order as the session neared the end and more riders dipped into the 2'04s. Andrea Dovizioso (6th) just pipped Cal Crutchlow (7th). Jonas Folger (8th), Scott Redding (9th) and Andrea Iannone (10th) rounded ouf the top 10 as MotoGP practice ended for the day.

The weather, hot and dry on Friday, is expected to cool for Saturday's qualifying but with only a 10 percent chance of rain.

Marquez's FP2 time was nearly identical to to his FP2 time from one year ago of 2'04.032 but still well off his fastest-ever lap of 2'02.135 set in 2015. 


Pos. No. Rider Bike Time Diff. / Prev.  
1 93 Marc MARQUEZ Honda 2'04.061    
2 5 Johann ZARCO Yamaha 2'04.347 0.286 / 0.286  
3 25 Maverick VIÑALES Yamaha 2'04.451 0.390 / 0.104  
4 46 Valentino ROSSI Yamaha 2'04.806 0.745 / 0.355  
5 26 Dani PEDROSA Honda 2'04.811 0.750 / 0.005  
6 4 Andrea DOVIZIOSO Ducati 2'04.830 0.769 / 0.019  
7 35 Cal CRUTCHLOW Honda 2'05.005 0.944 / 0.175  
8 94 Jonas FOLGER Yamaha 2'05.033 0.972 / 0.028  
9 45 Scott REDDING Ducati 2'05.116 1.055 / 0.083  
10 29 Andrea IANNONE Suzuki 2'05.142 1.081 / 0.026  
11 99 Jorge LORENZO Ducati 2'05.282 1.221 / 0.140  
12 9 Danilo PETRUCCI Ducati 2'05.284 1.223 / 0.002  
13 43 Jack MILLER Honda 2'05.463 1.402 / 0.179  
14 41 Aleix ESPARGARO Aprilia 2'05.468 1.407 / 0.005  
15 8 Hector BARBERA Ducati 2'05.584 1.523 / 0.116  
16 19 Alvaro BAUTISTA Ducati 2'05.602 1.541 / 0.018  
17 53 Tito RABAT Honda 2'05.943 1.882 / 0.341  
18 42 Alex RINS Suzuki 2'06.155 2.094 / 0.212  
19 76 Loris BAZ Ducati 2'06.358 2.297 / 0.203  
20 44 Pol ESPARGARO KTM 2'06.503 2.442 / 0.145  
21 17 Karel ABRAHAM Ducati 2'06.709 2.648 / 0.206  
22 22 Sam LOWES Aprilia 2'06.741 2.680 / 0.032  
23 38 Bradley SMITH KTM 2'07.434 3.373 / 0.693  


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...at the Circuit Ricardo Tormo on a 500cc Yamaha, according to the MotoGP database. The database also says there's only been three top-class winners from France: Laconi (1999); Christian Sarron also on a Yamaha in 1985 at Hockenheim; and Pierre Monneret on a 500cc Gilera in 1954 at Reims. So in Zarco's favor, there is a little bit of good history for fast French riders on Yamahas.  

It would be helpful if MotoGP posted the tire combinations that the fast lap was set on.

Marquez put his fast lap in on the hard front/soft rear, Zarco on the soft front/soft rear, and Vinales didn't do a run on the softs if I recall, and set his time on his second run with the hards. 

After mv set his fast lap he went in and put a hard front in and kept his medium rear. Seems he didnt care and got on with testing.

From what l saw and heard the developing ripples and bumps on the circuit are probably not only going to cause some riders to 'not finish the race' but also keep the lap times down..
So no new records this year.

This is the mother of surprises. Zarco after Marquez. Anybody knows his tire combination?

I hope the trick of using the soft tyre just for the headline will help boost Marquez's spirits and confidence. Is he trying to pull some kind of "Rossi" on Vinales? Reading his comments, I just get the impression Honda is really a mess. MM is riding over steeple hurdles. 

As for Vinale, he seems unfazed. It's clear he has already his eyes set on Sunday. He didn't bother to even try the softs. He runs his very own schedule. Looks like we are facing a hurricane of a race. Hooray!

Marquez and Zarco both used soft rears to set those times, Vinales stuck with the hard rear.

This may seem like a minor point but if Dorna and the FIM want to grow the sport put the numbers back on the sides of the bike.I heard a number of what I assume were casual fans wondering who was who today at the track.People want to pick a rider and root for that rider.I understand about sponsorship money but its hard to identify a racebike at speed for the newbie fan.



I thought the commentators said MM was on a soft/soft combo for his fast lap, same as Zarco. They specifically mentioned Mav Probably had a half second to gain with the soft option rear.

I thought the commentators said MM was on a soft/soft combo for his fast lap, same as Zarco. They specifically mentioned Mav Probably had a half second to gain with the soft option rear.

If you watched Zarco ride in Moto 2, you would not be so surprised. Smooth and agressive, ideal riding style for the M1.