23 August 2013
Czech MotoGP: Bradl pips Lorenzo in second Brno practice
Stefan Bradl fastest during Free Practice 2 for the Czech Republic MotoGP at Brno
Stefan Bradl denied Jorge Lorenzo a sweep of Friday MotoGP practice at Brno in the Czech Republic, by setting the quickest time of the day in the closing minutes of the afternoon session.
Fastest from start to finish this morning, ending a run of 13 track sessions headed by Honda riders, Lorenzo took the lead of the afternoon session from team-mate Valentino Rossi after eight minutes - beating his morning best in the process.
Lorenzo then remained on top until LCR Honda star Bradl edged ahead by just 0.038s on his penultimate lap.
The young German, who took his first MotoGP pole and podium last month at Laguna Seca, had been the exception to the rule by running the harder rear tyre - then shot to the top after joining the others on the softer rubber.
Dani Pedrosa was just 0.1s from the top in third for Repsol Honda, followed by Lorenzo's team-mate Valentino Rossi (+0.226s), who gained one place and halved the time deficit relative to this morning. Lorenzo and Rossi attended a private test at Brno earlier this month, primarily to work on development of the new seamless shift gearbox, but also aiding their Friday set-up.
Rookie title leader Marc Marquez dropped from fourth this morning to fifth this afternoon, but was only 0.233s from Bradl.
Winner of the last three races, Marquez starts round eleven holding a 21 point lead over team-mate Pedrosa, with Lorenzo 35 points from the top. Marquez has won a total of four races so far this season, with three wins for Lorenzo, two for Pedrosa and one for Rossi.
Tech 3 Yamaha riders Cal Crutchlow and Bradley Smith claimed sixth and seventh on Friday. However Crutchlow, who took his first grand prix podium at the circuit one year ago, was a mere three tenths from Bradl. Rookie Smith was 0.851s from the top after an impressive opening day.
Eighth place Alvaro Bautista was the final rider within one-second of Bradl, with the Ducati of Andrea Dovizioso +1.254s. Team-mate Nicky Hayden completed a top ten covered by 1.396s.
Twelfth place Aleix Espargaro was once again the leading CRT rider, for Aspar, and just 0.178s from the Pramac Ducati of Andrea Iannone. Michele Pirro has again been called-up to replace the newly re-injured Ben Spies on the other Pramac entry, the Italian placing 13th on Friday, +2.3s.
37-year-old Austrian Martin Bauer is making his MotoGP debut as a wild-card on a Suter-BMW for the Remus Racing Team this weekend. Bauer, who has previously tested at Brno, was 23rd out of the 25 riders.
Free Practice 2:
1. Stefan Bradl
2. Jorge Lorenzo
3. Dani Pedrosa
4. Valentino Rossi
5. Marc Marquez
6. Cal Crutchlow
7. Bradley Smith
8. Alvaro Bautista
9. Andrea Dovizioso
10. Nicky Hayden
11. Andrea Iannone
12. Aleix Espargaro
13. Michele Pirro
14. Hector Barbera
15. Claudio Corti
16. Colin Edwards
17. Yonny Hernandez
18. Hiroshi Aoyama
19. Danilo Petrucci
20. Randy De Puniet
21. Michael Laverty
22. Karel Abraham
23. Martin Bauer
24. Lukas Pesek
25. Bryan Staring
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