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Austin MotoGP: Marquez harder, faster in FP2

Marc Marquez fastest during Free Practice 2 for the 2014 Austin MotoGP round held at the Circuit of the Americas, Texas, round two of 18.
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  • Marc Marquez in a class of his own during day one in Austin.
  • Soft tyre laps lift Ducati riders Andrea Dovizioso and Andrea Iannone up the order.
  • Valentino Rossi top Yamaha in fifth, team-mate Jorge Lorenzo seventh.

Marc Marquez switched to the hard rear tyre during second Friday practice for the Austin MotoGP - and pulled even further away from the field.

Quickest by 0.9s during a dominant morning performance with the medium rear, the reigning world champion picked up where he left off in the afternoon.

The Repsol Honda rider beat his morning best set within fifteen of the 45 minutes, just as the cameras cut to struggling rival Jorge Lorenzo in an animated discussion with crew chief Ramon Forcada.

Still on the hard rear, Marquez then improved by a further 0.335s at the midway stage, putting the inaugural 2013 event winner 1.4s clear of nearest rival Stefan Bradl, before finishing the day with an advantage of 1.005s over Ducati's Andrea Dovizioso.

But Dovizioso's late lap was set on the special soft rear tyre only available to Ducati and the Open class, meaning Marquez's like-for-like lead was 1.133s over team-mate Dani Pedrosa (also on the hard rear this afternoon).

Pramac Ducati's Andrea Iannone also exploited the soft rubber for fourth place, with Valentino Rossi again the top Yamaha but dropping from fourth to fifth position (+1.303s).

Just twelfth fastest this morning, team-mate Lorenzo finally looked to be making progress during the afternoon session, reaching third on the medium compound rear tyre.

However the double world champion was pushed back to eighth by the conclusion of the session, albeit only 0.1s slower than Rossi. Bridgestone has made a one-off switch back to the 2013 medium rear for this weekend, favoured by Lorenzo, making his continued difficulties something of a surprise.

Between the two Movistar Yamahas were Aleix Espargaro and Bradl. Forward Yamaha's Open class star Espargaro had been second this morning on the soft rubber. LCR Honda's Bradl also peaked with second position, but on the hard rear.

Dovizioso's team-mate Cal Crutchlow and Tech 3 Yamaha's Bradley Smith completed the top ten.

Alvaro Bautista (Gresini Honda), Pol Espargaro (Tech 3 Yamaha) and Scott Redding (Gresini Honda) followed, rookie Redding being the fastest of the Open class RCV1000R riders.

Home American stars Nicky Hayden (Aspar Honda) and Colin Edwards (Forward Yamaha) were 14th and 16th respectively.

Free Practice 2:
1. Marc Marquez
2. Andrea Dovizioso
3. Dani Pedrosa
4. Andrea Iannone
5. Valentino Rossi
6. Aleix Espargaro
7. Stefan Bradl
8. Jorge Lorenzo
9. Cal Crutchlow
10. Bradley Smith
11. Alvaro Bautista
12. Pol Espargaro
13. Scott Redding
14. Nicky Hayden
15. Yonny Hernandez
16. Colin Edwards
17. Hiroshi Aoyama
18. Karel Abraham
19. Hector Barbera
20. Danilo Petrucci
21. Michael Laverty
22. Broc Parkes
23. Mike Di Meglio

Tagged as: Honda , Marquez

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April 11, 2014 9:51 PM

Just show's how many guys careers are being affected by things outside of their control. Last year Rossi came in for major criticism, some even going as far as to call into question his past successes. This year Jorge is struggling & already some are questioning his ability. The bike / tyre / electronics combination has become far to temperamental, with far to narrow a 'sweet spot'. We need bikes that allow a rider to get out there and ride around a few problems to still be competitive, not tyres that work for one manufacturer and not another, or for one rider but not another.

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