Lorenzo maintains advantage over rivals in Jerez MotoGP practice

Jorge Lorenzo continued to lead the way in the second MotoGP practice session at Jerez, leapfrogging fellow Spaniard Marc Marquez late on.

The Yamaha rider took the top spot away from his compatriot with just under 10 minutes of the session to go with a best time of 1m39.300s - slightly slower than his best time from the opening session, with higher temperatures affecting grip levels, but just over a tenth quicker than Marquez.

Despite his healing little finger, the Repsol Honda rider was right back in the thick of the action, a best time of 1m39.428s going unbeaten for the majority of the session until Lorenzo's late surge.

Iannone's best time of 1m39.511s came after the chequered flag was shown, the Italian moving ahead of Ducati teammate Andrea Dovizioso, who was just fractions slower in his last-ditch effort.

Suzuki rider Aleix Espargaro rounded out the top five, but still holds the second quickest combined time behind Lorenzo, ahead of Pramac Ducati's Danilo Petrucci, LCR Honda man Cal Crutchlow and Pol Espargaro, whose Tech 3 Yamaha suffered a mechanical failure during the session.

The second Suzuki of Maverick Vinales and the Marc VDS Honda of Scott Redding completed a top 10 split by under a second, while Valentino Rossi was only 13th quickest in a session where many riders opted to focus primarily on long runs.

Practice results:

Pos Rider Bike Time/Gap
Jorge Lorenzo Yamaha 1m39.300
Marc Marquez Honda 0.128
Andrea Iannone Ducati 0.211
Andrea Dovizioso Ducati 0.235
Aleix Espargaro Suzuki 0.316
Danilo Petrucci Ducati 0.418
Cal Crutchlow Honda 0.609
Pol Espargaro Yamaha 0.653
Maverick Vinales Suzuki 0.787
10  Scott Redding Honda 0.845
11  Bradley Smith Yamaha 0.993
12  Yonny Hernandez Ducati 1.063
13  Valentino Rossi Yamaha 1.094
14  Mike Di Meglio Ducati 1.144
15  Eugene Laverty Honda 1.214
16  Hector Barbera Ducati 1.269
17  Hiroshi Aoyama Honda 1.378
18  Alvaro Bautista Aprilia 1.452
19  Nicky Hayden Honda 1.519
20  Stefan Bradl Forward Yamaha 1.525
21  Karel Abraham Honda 1.617
22  Jack Miller Honda 1.926
23  Loris Baz Forward Yamaha 2.122
24  Marco Melandri Aprilia 2.150
25  Alex de Angelis ART 2.876

 

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Series MotoGP
Event Spanish GP
Track Circuito de Jerez
Drivers Valentino Rossi , Andrea Dovizioso , Jorge Lorenzo , Cal Crutchlow , Aleix Espargaro , Marc Marquez , Danilo Petrucci , Pol Espargaro , Andrea Iannone , Maverick Viñales
Article type Practice report
Tags ducati, honda, lcr honda, pramac ducati, suzuki, tech 3, yamaha