Jorge Lorenzo injected a bit of life into his otherwise forlorn 2014 title campaign so far by setting fastest time in first practice for this weekend’s Argentinian MotoGP race; though rival and championship leader Marc Marquez returned to the top spot in FP2 in some style.
FP1 had seen the Repsol Honda pairing of Marquez and Dani Pedrosa mysteriously off the pace as all the riders got to grips with the Autodromo Termas de Rio Hondo circuit, languishing in 14th and 16th places as Lorenzo set the pace with a late flyer from Aleix Espargaro and Alvaro Bautista.
But FP2 showed this was not going to be a weak weekend for the Repsol Honda boys when Marquez put a second between himself and Pedrosa at the top of the timesheets. Espargaro maintained his ‘best of the rest’ tag with 3rd fastest time, while Lorenzo slipped back to ninth behind team-mate Valentino Rossi. The change in fortune worried Yamaha who have moved to begin a new day of changes tomorrow in order to better challenge in qualifying.
There were some notable incidents during both sessions, with Michael Laverty and Andrea Iannone both walking away from big shunts and Andrea Dovizioso having to use his number two bike after his first Ducati expired with engine failure.
CLASSIFICATION – FP1 & FP2 – Argentina MotoGP – 25th Apr 2014