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MotoGP Argentina: Suzuki's Espargaro doubles up in free practice

Suzuki Ecstar's Aleix Espargaro sets blistering lap in FP2 to head times on day one in Argentina by half-a-second from Andrea Iannone
Aleix Espargaro powered the Suzuki to the top of the timesheets to complete a clean sweep of the opening free practice sessions at the Termas de Rio Hondo circuit in Argentina after heading FP2.

Espargaro quickly lapped eight tenths faster than he managed in FP1 to shoot to the top of the times before spots of rain began to fall, with marshals waving the rain flag at turn 1.

As the rain became heavier, only Monster Yamaha Tech 3's Bradley Smith and Aprilia rider Marco Melandri remained on track, with Smith lapping three seconds off the pace.

However, conditions quickly improved and the majority of riders were soon back out on track, with CWM LCR Honda's Cal Crutchlow climbing the order into fourth place behind Espargaro, Repsol Honda's Marc Marquez and Ducati rider Andrea Dovizioso.

With 15 minutes remaining, Smith was holding fifth place on the satellite M1 ahead of Andrea Iannone (Ducati), Stefan Bradl on the Forward Yamaha and world championship leader Valentino Rossi.

In a dramatic end to the session, Pol Espargaro on the Monster Yamaha Tech 3 machine swapped places at the top with his brother Aleix before Scott Redding put a cat amongst the pigeons on the Estrella Galicia 0,0 Marc VDS Honda, briefly hitting the top after fitting the extra hard rear tyre.

It was all change moments later with Austin winner Marquez taking over the number one spot with a lap in 1m 39.3s, but Espargaro hit back on the GSX-RR with a lap in 1m 38.7s.

In the closing seconds Iannone surged up the timesheets into second ahead of Marquez, with Crutchlow and Dovizioso next.

Movistar Yamaha's Jorge Lorenzo produced a late fast lap to complete the top six on the factory M1 ahead of Pol Espargaro and Redding, who is aiming to make amends this weekend after crashing out of the Austin MotoGP on the first lap.

Espargaro's fastest lap of 1m 38.776s put him more than half a second ahead of Iannone (1m 39.311s), with Marquez only 0.025s further behind.

Rossi ended the session in ninth place with a lap in 1m 39.947s, which left the Italian rider 1.171s down on Espargaro, while Smith eventually finished 12th quickest behind rookie Maverick Vinales.

American Nicky Hayden was the leading Open class rider in 14th place on the Power Electronics Aspar Honda ahead of AB Motoracing's Karel Abraham and Hector Barbera on the Avintia Ducati.

1. Aleix Espargaro
2. Andrea Iannone
3. Marc Marquez
4. Cal Crutchlow
5. Andrea Dovizioso
6. Jorge Lorenzo
7. Pol Espargaro
8. Scott Redding
9. Valentino Rossi
10. Yonny Hernandez
11. Maverick Viñales
12. Bradley Smith
13. Danilo Petrucci
14. Nicky Hayden
15. Karel Abraham
16. Hector Barbera
17. Stefan Bradl
18. Eugene Laverty
19. Jack Miller
20. Alex De Angelis
21. Hiroshi Aoyama
22. Alvaro Bautista
23. Mike Di Meglio
24. Marco Melandri
25. Loris Baz

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April 17, 2015 10:05 PM

Vilas46: This track loocks good for there chassi and even if Power is allways importante at this track Suzuki may have a Better Chance... I think Alex is doing better with Suzuki is finishing the races even if he still is that rider that gives good shows in Fp times but when the real time arrive NO Alex, is doing what he can like he did on CRT and Open, but When Suzuki showup with some updates wach out for this dude the Pol brothers are angry dudes riding a bikes=)...
Suzuki are working on SEAMLESS TRANSMISSION which is expected to be available during the last part of the season or something.I think.!!

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