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Argentina MotoGP: Marquez top by one second in FP2

Marc Marquez sets first sub-1m 40s lap during FP2 to take top spot by over one second from team-mate Dani Pedrosa at Argentina MotoGP
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  • Marc Marquez over a second faster than closest rival.
  • FP1 pacesetter Jorge Lorenzo drops to ninth.
  • Andrea Dovizioso fifth after engine blow-up.

Repsol Honda's Marc Marquez took FP2 by storm as the defending MotoGP world champion ended the session more than a second clear of team-mate Dani Pedrosa in Argentina.

It was a dramatic turnaround for the factory Honda pair, who ended FP1 in 14th and 16th places respectively after opting to complete the entire 45-minute session on the same set of tyres.

Marquez quickly made his intentions clear as the Spanish star took the top spot on his second lap in FP2 at the Termas de Rio Hondo circuit with a time of 1m 40.575s, which was already more than two seconds quicker than Jorge Lorenzo's best lap of 1m 42.804s from FP1.

A significant improvement in times was inevitable with more rubber laid down on the track and Marquez continued to set the benchmark, upping his pace to a 1m 40.440s lap.

Andrea Dovizioso, who was forced to switch to his second machine after his Ducati suffered an engine blow-up in the first part of FP2, closed to within 0.602s of Marquez with seven minutes remaining.

However, the Honda rider had plenty more to come and achieved the first sub-1m 40s lap of the weekend in 1m 39.425s with around four minutes remaining.

Marquez then underlined his superiority in FP2 with his fastest lap of the session in the final minutes, clocking a time of 1m 39.313s to take provisional pole by 1.083s from Pedrosa, who moved into second place with a time of 1m 40.396s.

Aleix Espargaro climbed the leaderboard to finish third on the NGM Forward Racing Yamaha, 1.253s down on Marquez, using the special soft rear tyre with LCR Honda's Stefan Bradl next.

Dovizioso ended FP2 in fifth, 1.729s off the leader, followed by Yamaha Tech 3 duo Bradley Smith and Pol Espargaro, with Valentino Rossi on the Movistar Yamaha two seconds down on Marquez in eighth.

Lorenzo dropped to ninth after leading the way in FP1 on the YZR-M1, while Andrea Iannone – a faller earlier in the session after the rear wheel of his Desmosedici appeared to lock at the end of the back straight – rounded out the top ten.

Alvaro Bautista was 2.716s off the pace in 11th place closely followed by Yonny Hernandez on the Energy T.I. Pramac Ducati and Karel Abraham, who was the top production Honda RCV1000R rider in 13th position.

Drive M7 Aspar's Nicky Hayden had to make do with 15th place behind Colin Edwards as the American continues to struggle to break into the top ten.

Northern Ireland's Michael Laverty, who had been running in ninth place on the PBM machine in the first part of FP2, fell down the order to 21st as team-mate Broc Parkes completed the session in 17th place.

Scott Redding was 22nd on the Go&Fun Gresini Honda.

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

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April 25, 2014 7:58 PM

Chadsays: PLEASE, Jorge, sign the Honda contract now! The "Joker" has to be stopped! Just kidding (a little), Good on y'all, from crew to rider on the double M team.
I don't think Jorge would be able to stop him regardless of the bike he's on.


April 25, 2014 7:40 PM

Definitely on another level. There are no two dudes that I'm vying for more than Marquez and Rossi. Rossi because I've always been, and will always be a fan. Marquez because I'm simply astonished at his dominance. It is otherworldly how adept the kid is........and he's fantastic to watch much like Rossi (but for different reasons).
By far my two favorite riders too, but deep down i wish that Rossi could beat Marquez

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