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Aragon MotoGP: Marquez leads all-Honda afternoon top three

Marc Marquez fastest during Free Practice 2 for the Aragon MotoGP.
Rookie MotoGP title leader Marc Marquez left dark lines on the Aragon circuit as he blazed to the top of the timesheets during Friday afternoon practice for the Aragon MotoGP.

The Repsol Honda star finished the session 0.132s ahead of satellite LCR rider Stefan Bradl, with Dani Pedrosa completing an all-Honda top three.

Yamaha has never won at Aragon and reigning champion Jorge Lorenzo slipped from first in the morning to fourth this afternoon, 0.418s from Marquez.

Lorenzo had snatched the top spot from Marquez on his final lap of FP1. But that time was beaten after just five minutes of the afternoon session - first by Lorenzo, then Marquez - with Marquez subsequently pulling clear with what would be his best lap of the day.

Pedrosa then split the pair, with the lead order - Marquez, Pedrosa and Lorenzo - remaining unchanged for much of the session, until Stefan Bradl broke into second place in the the closing minutes. The Honda LCR rider had been fifth fastest early on, while using the harder rear tyre, but vaulted up the order after joining the frontrunners on the softer rear rubber.

Marquez holds a 34-point advantage over both Lorenzo - winner of the last two races - and team-mate Pedrosa with five rounds to go.

Behind the top four, Alvaro Bautista fell from his Gresini Honda on the way to fifth, with Yamaha Tech 3's Cal Crutchlow in sixth and again best of the riders not to have tested at the circuit in June, when Lorenzo was quickest.

Lorenzo's team-mate Valentino Rossi, yet to finish higher than sixth at Aragon, has work to do after finishing day one in seventh place and 0.9s behind Marquez.

Andrea Dovizioso was the leading Ducati rider in eighth (+1.047s), followed by top CRT rider Aleix Espargaro (Aspar) and Dovizioso's team-mate Nicky Hayden.

Yonny Hernandez has joined Pramac Ducati in place of the injured Ben Spies from this weekend, with Damian Cudlin taking over from Hernandez at PBM and World Supersport-ace Luca Scassa replacing the injured Karel Abraham at Cardion AB.

Hernandez progressed from 18th to 14th, Scassa slipped one place to 21st after losing out to Michael Laverty - making his ART grand prix debut - during the afternoon, while Cudlin was slowest in both sessions but cut the gap to the top from 7.2 to 6.4s.

Free Practice 2:
1. Marc Marquez
2. Stefan Bradl
3. Dani Pedrosa
4. Jorge Lorenzo
5. Alvaro Bautista
6. Cal Crutchlow
7. Valentino Rossi
8. Andrea Dovizioso
9. Aleix Espargaro
10. Nicky Hayden
11. Andrea Iannone
12. Hector Barbera
13. Bradley Smith
14. Yonny Hernandez
15. Claudio Corti
16. Randy De Puniet
17. Colin Edwards
18. Danilo Petrucci
19. Hiroshi Aoyama
20. Michael Laverty
21. Luca Scassa
22. Bryan Staring
23. Lukas Pesek
24. Damian Cudlin

Tagged as: Marquez

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September 27, 2013 2:38 PM

Still early but it seems like a Honda domination weekend. Pedrosa's looking strong if you check the analysis. It will probably be a Honda 1-2 with Lorenzo 3rd. Rossi probably battling with Bradl, Bautista and hopefully Cal, which should be good to watch. Cudlin I fear may be lapped.

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