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MotoGP Vinales beats Marquez in second practice

Saturday, 8 April 2017 :  Honda rider Marquez set the early pace with a 1m40.670s set using a medium front and a hard rear tyre, which stood as the benchmark until around the halfway mark of the 45 minutes.

Aspar rider Alvaro Bautista briefly occupied the top spot when he logged a 1m40.386s aboard his 2016-spec Ducati, before becoming first to improve on Vinales’ Friday morning benchmark with a 1m40.290s.

Having switched to hard tyres front and rear, Marquez soon ousted Bautista with a 1m40.246s.

That remained the time to beat heading into the final minutes, when the threat of rain on Saturday prompted the majority of riders to fit new tyres to try to get into the top 10 and potentially avoid a Q1 appearance.

LCR Honda’s Cal Crutchlow was first to beat Marquez, followed almost instantly by Karel Abraham’s 2015-spec Aspar Ducati, before Marquez reclaimed top spot on a 1m39.778s with a medium front and soft rear.


Valentino Rossi languished in 16th, 1.054s off the pace of Yamaha team-mate Vinales, while Jorge Lorenzo was a further two places further back on his Ducati.

KTM’s Bradley Smith was the only other rider to fall in the session, in a high-speed off at Turn 1, and he finished 22nd, one place behind team-mate Pol Espargaro.

Source : Internet

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