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Spain MotoGP: Marquez back on top, Espargaro fastest overall

Marc Marquez sets the pace during a scorching FP2 session in Jerez, but it is Aleix Espargaro that finishes the day fastest overall.
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Marc Marquez put his name to the top of the MotoGP World Championship timesheets at the end of second free practice for the Spanish Grand Prix, though it was FP1 pace setter Aleix Espargaro that would stay quickest overall.

On a hot afternoon in Jerez, with track temperatures reaching the mid-50s, lap times couldn't generally match those from the morning, with Marquez's early effort of 1min 39.757secs proving enough to put him top of the session, but leave him still four tenths slower than the quickest time of the day.

Fastest overall, Espargaro completed a successful day by jumping up to second best late on aboard his 'extra soft' tyre shod Forward Yamaha, the Spaniard the only other rider in the session to crack the 1min 40secs marker.

Showing decent single lap pace on the Ducati, Andrea Dovizioso impressed to get his GP14 ahead of the factory Yamaha contingent in third place, with Valentino Rossi and Jorge Lorenzo slotting in behind in fourth and fifth respectively.

Unable to match his team-mate as he focused on race set-up, Dani Pedrosa ended his day sixth best, ahead of Alvaro Bautista, Stefan Bradl and Andrea Iannone – bouncing back from his FP1 tumble -, while Nicky Hayden continued to lead the production Hondas in tenth overall.

A difficult session for the British riders, Cal Crutchlow was 15th fastest as he continued to ease himself into competition once more, while Bradley Smith was 16th after ending his session with a spectacular accident, the Tech 3 Yamaha heavily damaged after barrelling through the gravel trap, though the rider himself walked away seemingly unhurt.

Others to suffer a tumble in the session included Hiroshi Aoyama and Hector Barbera, both at turn seven.

Tagged as: Jerez , Repsol Honda , Marquez

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