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Argentina MotoGP - Free Practice (2) Results

Free practice (2) results from the 2014 MotoGP of Argentina at the Termas de Rio Hondo circuit, round 3 of 18.
Marc Marquez takes over at the top in FP2 - riding as hard as ever over the kerbs, kicking the rear out under braking and running wide on a few occasions.

Marquez and Repsol Honda team-mate Dani Pedrosa rode together during the closing stages when they each set their best times to claim first and second, each using the hard rear tyre.

Aleix Espargaro took third with the special Open class soft rear tyre fitted to his Forward Yamaha.

Ducati's Andrea Dovizioso recovered from a big engine failure early in the session. Pramac Ducati's Andrea Iannone likewise returned after a heavy fall when his rear wheel appeared to lock at the end of the back straight.

Morning leader Jorge Lorenzo dropped to ninth place for Movistar Yamaha, over two-seconds behind Marquez.

MotoGP is returning to Argentina for the first time since 1999 and making its race debut at the Termas de Rio Hondo circuit.

Stefan Bradl (LCR Honda), Alvaro Bautista (Gresini Honda), Cal Crutchlow (Tech 3 Yamaha) and Hector Barbera (Avintia) attended a dirty and damp two-day test at the circuit last July.

Crutchlow, now at Ducati, is absent this weekend due to hand injuries sustained in Austin. The Englishman has been replaced by factory test rider Michele Pirro.

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1. Marc Marquez ESP Repsol Honda Team (RC213V) 1m 39.313s [Lap 16/18] 325km/h (Top Speed)
2. Dani Pedrosa ESP Repsol Honda Team (RC213V) 1m 40.396s +1.083s [18/18] 326km/h
3. Aleix Espargaro ESP NGM Forward Racing (Forward Yamaha) 1m 40.566s +1.253s [15/16] 320km/h
4. Stefan Bradl GER LCR Honda MotoGP (RC213V) 1m 40.891s +1.578s [18/20] 326km/h
5. Andrea Dovizioso ITA Ducati Team (Desmosedici) 1m 41.042s +1.729s [5/11] 328km/h
6. Bradley Smith GBR Monster Yamaha Tech 3 (YZR-M1) 1m 41.303s +1.990s [16/20] 324km/h
7. Pol Espargaro ESP Monster Yamaha Tech 3 (YZR-M1)* 1m 41.368s +2.055s [14/19] 322km/h
8. Valentino Rossi ITA Movistar Yamaha MotoGP (YZR-M1) 1m 41.395s +2.082s [17/21] 323km/h
9. Jorge Lorenzo ESP Movistar Yamaha MotoGP (YZR-M1) 1m 41.533s +2.220s [9/18] 324km/h
10. Andrea Iannone ITA Pramac Racing (Desmosedici) 1m 41.924s +2.611s [11/13] 324km/h
11. Alvaro Bautista ESP Go&Fun Honda Gresini (RC213V) 1m 42.029s +2.716s [12/20] 326km/h
12. Yonny Hernandez COL Pramac Racing (Desmosedici) 1m 42.128s +2.815s [14/16] 320km/h
13. Karel Abraham CZE Cardion AB Motoracing (RCV1000R) 1m 42.348s +3.035s [14/18] 317km/h
14. Colin Edwards USA NGM Forward Racing (Forward Yamaha) 1m 42.608s +3.295s [15/19] 313km/h
15. Nicky Hayden USA Drive M7 Aspar (RCV1000R) 1m 42.621s +3.308s [14/18] 311km/h
16. Hector Barbera ESP Avintia Racing (Avintia) 1m 42.739s +3.426s [12/16] 308km/h
17. Broc Parkes AUS Paul Bird Motorsport (PBM-ART)* 1m 42.827s +3.514s [14/14] 302km/h
18. Michele Pirro ITA Ducati Team (Desmosedici) 1m 42.898s +3.585s [15/17] 318km/h
19. Danilo Petrucci ITA IodaRacing Project (ART) 1m 43.106s +3.793s [14/18] 307km/h
20. Mike Di Meglio FRA Avintia Racing (Avintia)* 1m 43.125s +3.812s [7/14] 309km/h
21. Michael Laverty GBR Paul Bird Motorsport (PBM-ART) 1m 43.151s +3.838s [14/17] 307km/h
22. Scott Redding GBR Go&Fun Honda Gresini (RCV1000R)* 1m 43.165s +3.852s [15/16] 307km/h
23. Hiroshi Aoyama JPN Drive M7 Aspar (RCV1000R) 1m 43.347s +4.034s [12/18] 311km/h

Blue Name = Factory - Control ECU hardware, unique manufacturer software.
20 litres of race fuel, 5 engine changes for the season. All engines identical throughout the year within the same team (development freeze).
Black Name = Factory (with concessions) - Control ECU hardware, unique manufacturer software.
Applicable to Factory entries by a manufacturer that did not achieve a dry win in 2013 (only Ducati) plus any new MotoGP manufacturers.
Same 24 litres of race fuel, 12 engine changes, softer rear tyre, no engine development freeze and extra testing opportunities as the Open Category. Fuel to be reduced to 22 litres should Ducati achieve a race win, two second places or three (dry) podiums. If Ducati claims three wins they will also lose the softer rear tyre. All other concessions confirmed until start of single ECU era in 2016.
Red Name = Open - Full control ECU system, hardware and software.
24 litres of race fuel, 12 engine changes, softer rear tyre, no engine development freeze and greater testing opportunities relative to Factory.
* Rookie

Fastest FP1 lap:
Jorge Lorenzo ESP Yamaha 1m 42.804s

Fastest lap at July 2013 test:
Stefan Bradl GER Honda 1m 44.188s (Day 1)

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April 25, 2014 8:56 PM

BT33: Rossi was succesful because he moved into Mick Dohans garage including Jerremy with Mick as mentor - furthermore he had very little opposition
Those opposition arguments are absolutely asinine.

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