MotoGP: Marc Marquez on top of timesheets as Crutchlow claims sensational 2nd place
Qatar, Fri, 27 March 2015- After a first session yesterday, the second night of practice for the Qatar Grand Prix allowed riders to complete two further practice sessions.
With the combined times from all three Free Practice sessions deciding who would qualify automatically for Q2, with the top ten riders all making it through, it was once again Repsol Honda’s Marquez who ended on top of the timesheets in Qatar.
Marc Marquez 1st-“Today has been a very good day, because we have improved our pace –which is the most important thing– and tried out a few things that have allowed us to progress. We will see tomorrow if the track conditions stay the same or improve, but today we saw times that were very close; I think that tomorrow they will be even closer. The most important thing will be to continue like this and prepare for Sunday’s race.”
Cal Crutchlow 2nd – “Obviously I’m happy enough with the lap time tonight and how things were feeling at the end of the session, but the early part of it was a bit of a disaster. There was a strange feeling with the bike and I was riding around in 18th spot, with the rear not working as it had in the earlier practices. I think we’re on a bit of a different plan to the other guys tyre-wise, so maybe that was why the track felt a lot worse later on.The whole CWM LCR Honda Team are doing a great job though, and we are all working so hard. I’m not sure today’s speed and lap-times are relative to where we will finish the race, but I hope it is! We’re working hard enough, and I’m surprised with how fast we are going with the package we’ve got, but we still need to improve our lap by lap pace and we will be trying to do so overnight.”
Dani Pedrosa 5th-“Unlike yesterday, today we had two practice sessions and we were able to get more of a feel for both the bike and the track. I think that getting into Q2 is good and now we have to focus on tomorrow in order to make the final adjustments to the setup and qualify well for the race.”
The satellite CWM LCR Honda of Cal Crutchlow (+0.096s) put in a sensational lap to end the three sessions in 2nd. Andrea Iannone (+0.170s) finished third, after losing the front at turn 2 ended any chance he had of improving on his time set early on in FP3.
Aleix Espargaro (+0.172s) put the Team Suzuki Ecstar GSX-RR into 4th, with the Movistar Yamaha’s of Lorenzo (+0.286s) and Rossi (+0.370s) just making it through to Q2 in 8th and 9th respectively.
Hector Barbera (+0.574s) was the leading Open class rider in 11th, with Scott Redding (12th +0.625s), Maverick Viñales (13th +0.854s) and Bradley Smith (16th +0.919s) on the Monster Tech 3 Yamaha some of the big names who will have to battle it out in Q1.
Loris Baz also crashed at turn 2, and was taken to the Medical Centre for an x-ray on a suspected broken finger.
MotoGP™ Q1 will take place at 20:35 local time on Saturday in Qatar, with Q2 at21:00.
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