MotoGP Argentina Friday Results 2015

Byron Wilson | April 17, 2015
Team Suzuki Ecstar’s Aleix Espargaro led the way through both MotoGP Free Practice sessions in Argentina, topping off his day with a late FP2 lap in the 1’38s. Ducati’s Andrea Iannone moved to second-fastest on his final flying lap in FP2, edging past Repsol Honda’s Marc Marquez, who ended the day in third.

Marquez was the first to surpass the best lap posted during the morning FP1 session, but soon after Espargaro jumped to the top of the timesheet. The Suzuki ace then bested himself and for the bulk of the time on track he remained the man to beat. As riders began upping the pace toward the end of the session, it was Espargaro’s brother, Pol, of Tech 3 Yamaha, that took over the top-spot for a period. Marc VDS’ Scott Redding then came from outside the top-10 to better the Yamaha rider, followed by Marquez, who posted a low 1’39 lap to take over the number-one spot. Marquez ended up unable to push for a better lap in the time left after running off track into the gravel just after posting his best effort. Aleix Espargaro, however, continued his attack on the timesheet and in the final minutes logged a 1’38.776, making him the only rider on the first day to dip into the 1’38s.

CWM LCR Honda’s Cal Crutchlow finished fourth followed by Ducati’s Andrea Dovizioso in fifth. Movistar Yamaha’s Jorge Lorenzo claimed sixth-place followed by Pol Espargaro in seventh. Redding dropped to eighth by the end of the session followed by Lorenzo’s teammate, Valentino Rossi, in ninth. Pramac Racing’s Yonny Hernandez rounded out the top-10.

MotoGP Argentina Combined Friday Free Practice Results 2015
1. Aleix Espargaro (Suzuki) 1’38.776
2. Andrea Iannone (Ducati) 1’39.311
3. Marc Marquez (Honda) 1’39.336
4. Cal Crutchlow (Honda) 1’39.403
5. Andrea Dovizoso (Ducati) 1’39.434
6. Jorge Lorenzo (Yamaha) 1’39.463
7. Pol Espargaro (Yamaha) 1’39.648
8. Scott Redding (Honda) 1’39.892
9. Valentino Rossi (Yamaha) 1’39.947
10. Yonny Hernandez (Ducati) 1’40.088
11. Maverick Vinales (Suzuki) 1’40.126
12. Bradley Smith (Yamaha) 1’40.195
13. Danilo Petrucci (Ducati) 1’40.438
14. Nicky Hayden (Honda) 1’40.522
15. Karel Abraham (Honda) 1’40.586
16. Hector Barbera (Ducati) 1’40.626
17. Stefan Bradl (Forward Yamaha) 1’40.672
18. Eugene Laverty (Honda) 1’40.846
19. Jack Miller (Honda) 1’40.864
20. Alex De Angelis (ART) 1’41.152
21. Hiroshi Aoyama (Honda) 1’41.490
22. Alvaro Bautista (Aprilia) 1’41.490
23. Mike di Meglio (Ducati) 1’41.531
24. Marco Melandri (Aprilia) 1’41.576
25. Loris Baz (Forward Yamaha) 1’41.784


Byron Wilson

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