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MotoGP Czech Republic: Unruffled Marquez recovers to head FP2

Repsol Honda's Marc Marquez saves massive moment in FP2 before setting scorching benchmark to end day one on top at Brno.
Marc Marquez recovered from a spectacular save to head Austrian GP race winner Andrea Iannone in FP2 at Brno in the Czech Republic on Friday.

The Repsol Honda rider caught a huge slide on his knee at turn 13, moments before he entered pit lane for a fresh change of rubber.

With Jorge Lorenzo taking charge following a lap in 1m 56.228s on his Movistar Yamaha five minutes from the end, Marquez upped his pace with a scorching lap of 1m 55.840s on the RCV to go top.

Iannone, fastest on the factory Ducati in FP1 as his picked up where he left off following his maiden premier class victory in Austria, bumped last year's Brno winner Lorenzo back to third place with a last-gasp lap in 1m 55.944s, finishing the afternoon session only one tenth back on Marquez.

Hector Barbera impressed as he slotted into fourth on the Avintia Ducati ahead of Valentino Rossi, whose best lap of 1m 56.174s left him three tenths down on championship leader Marquez. Rossi had a lap time cancelled by Race Direction for 'exceeding the track limit on turn 14'.

Ducati's Andrea Dovizioso completed the top six on the GSX-RR ahead of Suzuki's Aleix Espargaro, with British rider Bradley Smith (Monster Yamaha Tech 3) splitting the Suzuki machines as he ended FP2 in eighth ahead of Maverick Vinales.

Dani Pedrosa completed the day in 10th place on the second of the factory Repsol Honda machines, eight tenths adrift of team-mate Marquez.

Cal Crutchlow was 11th on the LCR Honda followed by Loris Baz (Avintia Ducati) and Octo Pramac Ducati pair Danilo Petrucci and Scott Redding in 13th and 14th places respectively.

Northern Ireland's Eugene Laverty was 16th on the Aspar Ducati behind Pol Espargaro (Monster Yamaha Tech 3), with Aprilia riders Stefan Bradl and Alvaro Bautista the top 18.

Laverty's team-mate Yonny Hernandez and Tito Rabat on the Marc VDS Honda brought up the rear in FP2.

1. Marc Marquez
2. Andrea Iannone
3. Jorge Lorenzo
4. Hector Barbera
5. Valentino Rossi
6. Andrea Dovizioso
7. Aleix Espargaro
8. Bradley Smith
9. Maverick Viñales
10. Dani Pedrosa
11. Cal Crutchlow
12. Loris Baz
13. Danilo Petrucci
14. Scott Redding
15. Pol Espargaro
16. Eugene Laverty
17. Stefan Bradl
18. Alvaro Bautista
19. Yonny Hernandez
20. Tito Rabat

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August 19, 2016 3:32 PM

We've got all day Saturday for these bikes to get sorted. However, Marquez has this knack of pulling out laps when he needs them. Lorenzo looks like he's going to be on it, and the Ducatis have good times overall, despite some sections of the track dulling their edge. You can never write Rossi off. With only 4 tenths between the first 6 bikes, and about 8 tenths between the top 10, it is shaping up to be a good weekend. Rain is forecast for Sunday, but it ought to be clear or clearing quickly by the time the race starts. Bring it on!


August 19, 2016 4:19 PM

I doubt he will be able to hold that form over the course of a full race. Dislocating a shoulder is going to have some impact that you might be able to color over for a short fast lap, but lap after lap of a race will likely be a lot more difficult.

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