Misano MotoGP: Lorenzo sets new track record running winglets

Jorge Lorenzo beat Marc Marquez to the top time in free practice two at Misano, and set tongues wagging by doing so after fitting aerodynamic winglets to the fairing of his works Yamaha.

With Marquez mired in traffic in the early moments, Lorenzo set the pace from the get-go, with Ducati’s Andrea Iannone and Dani Pedrosa then grabbing brief moments of glory in P1.

Marquez slammed in a 1m33.138s, which stood as the quickest time for much of the session, well clear of Lorenzo on 1m33.938s at the time. Pedrosa rose to second on 1m33.382s, as Lorenzo chipped down to 1m33.516s in third.

Yamaha’s Valentino Rossi was down in sixth until the final lap of his first run, jumping ahead of Pol Espargaro and Andrea Dovizioso from P6 to P4 with a lap of 1m33.852s.

Lorenzo immediately leapfrogged Pedrosa to go P2 on his second run on 1m33.226s. Marquez almost matched his P1 time with 1m33.175s, then lowered his fastest time to 1m32.924s.

Yamaha added small aerodynamic winglets to Lorenzo’s bike in time for his final run with 10 minutes to go. He immediately improved to the top of the charts on 1m32.871s.

Marquez had no answer for that, with his Honda teammate Pedrosa third on 1m33.258s, ahead of Dovizioso on 1m33.291s who was using the soft rear tyre on his Ducati.

Ducati used far larger double-element wings than usual on its regular duo’s fairings, while test rider Michele Pirro, stuck with the older-spec wings and was ninth fastest.

Rossi improved his time to 1m33.469s but dropped back to fifth.

Pol Espargaro and Danilo Petrucci were sixth and seventh respectively.

Cal Crutchlow crashed at Turn 10, Iannone doing likewise later in the session.

The already-injured Karel Abraham suffered a big high-side at Turn 14.

Pos  Rider   Bike   Time   Gap  Laps 
Jorge Lorenzo Yamaha 1'32.871   19
Marc Marquez Honda 1'32.924 0.053 20
Daniel Pedrosa Honda 1'33.258 0.387 20
Andrea Dovizioso Ducati 1'33.291 0.420 20
Valentino Rossi Yamaha 1'33.469 0.598 23
Pol Espargaro Yamaha 1'33.552 0.681 22
Danilo Petrucci Ducati 1'33.553 0.682 19
Bradley Smith Yamaha 1'33.595 0.724 23
Michele Pirro Ducati 1'33.674 0.803 15
10  Cal Crutchlow Honda 1'33.785 0.914 18
11  Scott Redding Honda 1'33.808 0.937 20
12  Aleix Espargaro Suzuki 1'33.840 0.969 20
13  Andrea Iannone Ducati 1'34.132 1.261 18
14  Maverick Vinales Suzuki 1'34.215 1.344 19
15  Eugene Laverty Honda 1'34.345 1.474 20
16  Loris Baz Yamaha Forward 1'34.500 1.629 17
17  Yonny Hernandez Ducati 1'34.595 1.724 20
18  Alvaro Bautista Aprilia 1'34.727 1.856 21
19  Jack Miller Honda 1'34.856 1.985 19
20  Héctor Barberá Ducati 1'35.011 2.140 16
21  Stefan Bradl Aprilia 1'35.036 2.165 20
22  Nicky Hayden Honda 1'35.394 2.523 18
23  Alex de Angelis ART/Aprilia 1'35.735 2.864 16
24  Mike Di Meglio Ducati 1'35.853 2.982 16
25  Claudio Corti Yamaha Forward 1'36.326 3.455 18
26  Karel Abraham Honda 1'36.530 3.659 16

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Series MotoGP
Event San Marino GP
Track Misano World Circuit Marco Simoncelli
Drivers Andrea Dovizioso , Jorge Lorenzo , Dani Pedrosa , Marc Marquez
Article type Practice report