Márquez best in second Jerez MotoGP practice
2 May 2014 – Championship leader Marc Márquez was fastest in second practice for Sunday's Gran Premio de España at Jerez, although his quickest time was still slower than the best set by Aleix Espargaró this morning.
Márquez had to settle for third in FP1, but improved and posted a 1:39.757 effort this afternoon aboard his Repsol Honda, leaving him 0.216 seconds up on Aleix Espargaró. Espargaró was the only other rider to break into the 1:39 bracket in the hotter second session. However his 1:39.357 lap from FP1 remained the best overall of the day.
"Today was a positive first day at a track where I had a lot of difficulty last year," Márquez reflected. "It seems as if this year we are at the same level as the faster riders like Dani [Pedrosa – my team-mate], [Jorge] Lorenzo and [Valentino] Rossi right from the start, and this is obviously important.
"With that accomplished, we have also tried to work on things, but it was much easier to set a fast lap and pace this morning, than when the temperatures rose this afternoon. I think that everyone had grip issues, due to the track temperatures reaching 50 degrees. Tomorrow, we will try to take another step forward and work towards qualifying and the race."
Behind Espargaró's NGM Forward Racing Yamaha, Andrea Dovizioso was third for Ducati on a 1:40.028, while factory Yamaha duo Valentino Rossi and Jorge Lorenzo took fourth and fifth.
Dani Pedrosa wound up down in sixth, unable to match his Repsol Honda team-mate, Márquez, followed by Álvaro Bautista, Stefan Bradl and Andrea Ianonne, the latter crashing this morning at Turn 5. Nicky Hayden completed the top-ten.
Bradley Smith, Hiroshi Aoyama and Héctor Barberá all suffered falls. Smith's was the most notable. His Tech 3 Yamaha was quite badly damaged, but he walked away okay.
Cal Crutchlow was 15th on his return, managing 16 laps in total on his Ducati despite still struggling with a hand injury.
Third practice at Jerez now takes place at 09.55 hours local time on Saturday.