Indianapolis MotoGP: Eugene Laverty puts up plucky fight but Lorenzo in control
Ulsterman Eugene Laverty finished a creditable 19th on his Aspar Honda as Jorge Lorenzo came out on top on the first day of practice at the Indianapolis MotoGP round in the United States after a frenetic battle with Marc Marquez.
Lorenzo took advantage of the blue skies and almost ideal conditions to top both Free Practice sessions ahead of Repsol Honda’s Marc Marquez.
FP2 saw grip levels improved from the morning session as riders bedded in the track, and Lorenzo left it until his very last lap to set a 1’32.860 lap time.
Marquez was just three thousandths of a second further back in second overall and was the only other rider to break the 1’33 barrier at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
Ducati’s Andrea Dovizioso (+0.295s) completed the provisional front row ahead of his teammate Andrea Iannone (0.306s) in fourth, as they both seemed to benefit from a private test at Misano during the summer break.
CWM LCR Honda’s Cal Crutchlow (+0.326s) improved by over a second throughout the day to finish as the leading Satellite rider in fifth, ahead of Pol Espargaro (+502s) on the Monster Yamaha Tech 3 M1 who suffered a nasty looking highside at the end of FP2 at turn 13.
Dani Pedrosa (+0.517s) on the second Repsol Honda, ended the day in seventh, while Scott Redding (+0.583s) continued to show signs of improvement on the EG 0,0 Marc VDS Honda to finish in eighth.
Bradley Smith was ninth, while Championship leader Valentino Rossi was 10th.