Iannone heads rain-hit second session at Brno
15 August 2014 – Pramac rider Andrea Iannone topped a rain-affected second practice session ahead of this weekend's Czech Republic Grand Prix at Brno.
Light rain began falling at the start of the session, leading to the majority of riders returning to the pits after their opening exploratory lap. Only Andrea Iannone and Héctor Barberá stayed out and set a lap time, albeit seven seconds slower than Marc Márquez's lap from the first session, before the rain intensified.
After 15 minutes the riders ventured onto the wet track, with times almost 20 seconds slower than in dry running, although conditions soon sufficient improved for lap times to rapidly drop.
However, Iannone's time of 2:03.179 from the opening few minutes of the session remained quickest, with Barberá 1.283s behind in second. The Spaniard crashed out during the final minute of running but was able to walk away uninjured.
Márquez was best of the riders who did not set a time during the initial dry phase of the session and he ended in third, 4.667s down on Iannone and just two-thousandths of a second ahead of Honda team-mate Dani Pedrosa.
The Honda riders were comfortably clear of their rivals in the damp conditions as Valentino Rossi was a further second back in fifth, with Cal Crutchlow sixth for Ducati ahead of Yamaha's Jorge Lorenzo.
Pol Espargaró eclipsed Tech 3 team-mate Bradley Smith by a few tenths of a second, while Stefan Bradl rounded out the top 10 for LCR Honda.
The third practice session from Brno takes place on Saturday at 09:55 local time (GMT+2)