Aleix Espargaro set a searing pace during FP1 ahead of Sunday’s Spanish Grand Prix at Jerez, recording a 1:39:357 that World Champion Marc Marquez could not better despite being fastest in the afternoon session.
Espargaro edged out Yamaha’s Jorge Lorenzo by just over 0.3 seconds, with Marquez following in 3rd ahead of Repsol Honda team-mate Dani Pedrosa, an acknowledged Jerez specialist after finishing on the podium for the last nine years at the event.
FP2 in the afternoon proved more to Marquez’s liking, though he was left slightly red-faced when the session ended and he stalled his bike attempting a practice start. Espargaro maintained his excellent pace by turning in 2nd fastest time, ahead of Andrea Dovizioso. The Ducati riders team-mate Cal Crutchlow struggled on his return from hand injuries sustained in Austin and is set to be further analysed by team medical staff later today.
Valentino Rossi got the better of Lorenzo in the warmer conditions of the afternoon, but the gap remained very small between the two men – just 0.008 between them.
There were several big accidents in the course of the day, including a particularly nasty one for Briton Bradley Smith in FP2 that sent his Yamaha Tech 3 bike cartwheeling through the gravel. Thankfully all riders involved in incident escaped seemingly unharmed.
CLASSIFICATION – FP1 – Jerez MotoGP – 2nd May 2014
CLASSIFICATION – FP2 – Jerez MotoGP – 2nd May 2014