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Jul 20

Marquez the maestro learns Laguna Seca quickly to top Friday practice

Round 9: United States MotoGP™ – Free Practice One & Two

MotoGP - Marc Marquez - Repsol Honda - United States MotoGP FP2Repsol Honda’s Marc Marquez wasted no time learning the lines of the Laguna Seca circuit as the rookie clocked a time of 1’22.040 around the California circuit in Free Practice 2 to lead the field on the first day of action.

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  • Laguna Seca, Friday 19 July 2013
  • Bridgestone slick compounds available: Front: Soft & Medium. Rear: Extra-soft (Symmetric), Soft & Medium (Asymmetric)
  • Bridgestone wet tyre compounds available: Soft (Main), Hard (Alternative)
  • Weather: FP1 – Dry. Ambient 12-13°C; Track 26-26°C (Bridgestone measurement)
  • FP2 – Dry. Ambient 16-17°C; Track 46-46°C (Bridgestone measurement)

Marquez’s time put him marginally ahead of LCR Honda’s Stefan Bradl who ended the day 0.229 seconds off the top in P2, while a late charge from Ducati’s Andrea Dovizioso saw the Italian rider finish third overall and a further 0.015 seconds behind Bradl. The top three riders all set their best lap time on the soft compound rear slick in conjunction with the harder option, medium compound front slick. Power Electronics Aspar’s Aleix Espargaro was just 0.427 seconds off the pace, ending the day in seventh overall to set the pace for the CRT riders.

In what is a typical occurrence at Laguna Seca, morning mist kept ambient and track temperatures low for Free Practice 1 before the sun broke through in the afternoon to send track temperatures soaring to reach a peak of 46°C in the afternoon. The softer option front and rear slicks were used exclusively in the cool Free Practice 1 session to give the riders the best grip and warm-up performance and in the warmer afternoon session, tyre choice became more varied with many riders trying out the harder front slick and the harder rear slicks also being evaluated.

For tomorrow’s qualifying sessions fine conditions with ambient temperatures around 20°C are expected, with the next MotoGP session, Free Practice 3 scheduled to start at 1025 local time (GMT -7).

Masao Azuma – Chief Engineer, Bridgestone Motorsport Tyre Development Department

“Today’s weather was typical for Laguna Seca with morning fog bringing very cool conditions for FP1 before the sun broke through the afternoon resulting in much higher track temperatures in FP2. The warmer track in the afternoon session enabled the riders to try both the softer and harder option front slicks and although the softer rear slick options were widely used today, the harder rear option was also tried. If we have the same conditions we saw in FP2 for tomorrow’s FP4 session, I expect we will see more riders try the harder option rear slick to see if it might afford them an advantage over race distance. Overall it was a positive first day at Laguna Seca with the top ten riders in FP2 separated by just seven-tenths of a second, and I look forward to another great day of action tomorrow.”

United States MotoGP: Top ten combined Free Practice 1 & 2 times
Pos
Rider
Team
Combined FP1&2 Time
Gap
1
Marc MARQUEZ
Repsol Honda Team
1’22.040 (FP2)
 
2
Stefan BRADL
LCR Honda MotoGP
1’22.269 (FP2)
0.229
3
Andrea DOVIZIOSO
Ducati Team
1’22.284 (FP2)
0.244
4
Valentino ROSSI
Yamaha Factory Racing
1’22.346 (FP2)
0.306
5
Cal CRUTCHLOW
Monster Yamaha Tech 3
1’22.457 (FP2)
0.417
6
Jorge LORENZO
Yamaha Factory Racing
1’22.467 (FP2)
0.427
7
Aleix ESPARGARO
Power Electronics Aspar
1’22.531 (FP2)
0.491
8
Alvaro BAUTISTA
GO&FUN Honda Gresini
1’22.539 (FP2)
0.499
9
Nicky HAYDEN
Ducati Team
1’22.733 (FP2)
0.693
10
Bradley SMITH
Monster Yamaha Tech 3
1’22.767 (FP2)
0.727
 

source: bsmotorsport.com, bridgestonemotorsport.com