Marc Marquez maintains control
World Championship leader heads timesheets on first day of practice following the summer break, with Dani Pedrosa fifth fastest.
MotoGP action returned on Friday at the historic Indianapolis Motor Speedway, to celebrate the tenth round of the 2014 season. The winner of the opening nine races of the campaign was again at his best. Marc Marquez was the fastest man of the day at the American track, with Dani Pedrosa gradually improving to end the day in fifth place.
The return from a brief break brought with it few surprises in the premier class of the World Championship, and after the first two practice sessions for the Indianapolis Grand Prix, Marc Marquez was the man with the fastest time of the day. Following 18 laps in the first session -putting him fifth- the Repsol Honda Team rider completed 19 in the second outing and stopped the clock at 1:32.882. That placed him top of the timesheets.
On the other side of the garage, Dani Pedrosa finished the first session in sixteenth place, riding the entire 45-minute session with just one set of tyres. The rubber understandably ended up severely degrading. In the second session, after 18 laps, the man currently second in the World Championship set the fifth fastest time of the day: 1:33.493.
Marc Marquez 1st
"Overall today went pretty well and after the holidays it is always important to pick back up the pace and regain confidence on the bike. We could also test out the new track surface today; now there are almost no bumps and it seems that the grip has also improved from last year. In terms of the layout, perhaps the previous one suited us a bit better but this one is more natural and more fun. We were also able to try out the hard and soft rear tyres, gathering data that we will review to make further improvements. We're happy with how today went and how we've progressed".
Dani Pedrosa 5th
"We were able to progress a lot in the afternoon and tried out all the tyres, but we still need to work to see what the pace will be like and find the limits of the track. Today the track condition improved the more laps we all put in, because the asphalt cleaned up and gave us much more grip. Tomorrow we will work on finding the limits and getting a good tyre combination for Sunday's race. I don't like this new layout as much; it seems less fun compared to the previous one, because we have three fewer places in which to overtake".
MotoGP Gets Back to Business at Indianapolis Motor Speedway
14:05 Local time GMT-4 Cloudy Cloudy Temperature Air 24°C
Track 36°C Temperature Humidity 63%
Indianapolis (USA), 8th August 2014
Movistar Yamaha MotoGP riders Jorge Lorenzo and Valentino Rossi were back on track today to experience the first sessions ahead of Sunday's Indianapolis Grand Prix.
Both riders had a cautious start to the first free practice session of the second round in the USA as they tested the refreshed but slightly damp Indianapolis Motor Speedway. The pair soon made progress as they found that the resurfaced track has a lot more grip and the new, smoother fourth section suits the Yamaha, boosting their confidence for good results this weekend.
Lorenzo and Rossi both used the first session to test the medium and the hard tyre. Lorenzo found his pace during the second session making an almost 1.5 second improvement from the morning to the afternoon. He ended the day in third with a 1'33.424 second lap set with a hard rear tyre.
Teammate Rossi also used a hard rear tyre when he topped the morning session. During Free Practice 2 he improved his time by almost a second, finishing in 9th place with a lap of 1'33.598.
99 Jorge Lorenzo
3rd / 1'33.424 / 17 laps
"Finally the resurfaced track doesn't seem so bad. The three corners that were in the past maybe a little bit too slow we don't have to use first gear for now so we don't lose so much speed on our competitors. Last year the bumps were quite bad, now the resurfacing of the track means they are gone. We were the only ones to start the second practice with the soft rear tyre, the other ones took the old one from the morning so they could use a new soft tyre at the end. Finally we tried the hard option and it was ok, so it could be the tyre for the Sunday."
46 Valentino Rossi
9th / 1'33.598 / 22 laps
"The new lay-out of the track is good. I like it! It's better than the old lay-out and especially the asphalt and the quality of the surface is a lot better, so it's good. It's easier to ride the bike because it has more grip. Here it's difficult to decide on a tyre, because both the medium and the harder tyre are not bad. The softer tyre is a bit faster, but it will be difficult to make it last for the whole race, so we have to try to decide. I tried to put the softer tyre in on the end of the session and I improved my lap time. >From the third position all riders are very close so I will have to do better!"
"We were pretty satisfied this morning and both riders had good comments about the layout and the track surface. As the times dropped this afternoon we were able to see where we need to improve our set up so we are now working on solutions for FP3 for tomorrow. Tyres are going to be very important this weekend, Both Jorge and Vale evaluated both the softer and harder option but we are yet to make a decision. We have some set up changes to make in the morning to make another step and then I'm confident we will be ready to tackle qualifying and the race on Sunday."
Action resumes at the Brickyard for Smith and Espargaro
The Monster Yamaha Tech3 riders completed the opening day of practice after the midsummer break in a positive fashion at the newly resurfaced 4170 metre Indianapolis circuit for the tenth round of the 2014 World Championship.
Despite the mixed weather conditions following rain overnight, British star Bradley Smith kicked off proceedings in a highly competitive manner by completing the opening practice session with a superb run to 2nd position aboard the Yamaha YZR-M1. His best lap time of 1'34.569 was only 0.034 from the leading bike of Factory Yamaha rider Valentino Rossi, with the recent modifications to the track increasing the overall pace to over six seconds compared to last year's lap record. The 23 year old completed FP2 in 10th with a lap time of 1'33.621. His performance was only 0.200 from the third placed rider, with the positive aspects noted on the opening day in America, Smith remains fully confident of a successful charge in tomorrow's qualifying session.
On the opposite side of the Monster Yamaha Tech3 team garage, Pol Espargaro laid down his intent for the second half of his debut season in the premier class, by producing a promising start in the morning session to finish in 4th position with a best time of 1'34,678 and only 0.143 from the leader. Later in the day, the 23-year-old rider proceeded to push harder and further improve his lap time impressively by a full second. The reigning Moto2 world champion completed the session with a best lap of 1'33.690 seizing 11th and only three tenths of a second from the front row. This positive start sees him geared up and ready for tomorrow's qualifying session in view to the 27 lap sprint around the legendary American race track on Sunday.
Position : 10th Time : 1'33.621 Laps : 22
Smith - Mugello - 2014"It was great to return from the summer break with such a quick pace this morning and it's certainly what we needed. We made the right choice and started on a soft tyre, before switching to a hard compound at the end of the first session. My feeling was good on the hard, so I began a long run which I continued this afternoon, prior to changing again to a soft one at the final stages of FP2, but there was much more grip than I expected and I couldn't take full advantage of the new rubber. However, I still haven't made a decision on tyres for the race as the grip levels will certainly change. In any case the modifications to the circuit are really good and it's much better for us to ride on, but the only down side is that some of the passing opportunities are reduced due to the circuit being much faster. With regards to this afternoon, I am only 0.2 from the fastest Yamaha and very close to the front row. The team did a great job plus I am really happy to be back with the bike feeling as good as ever. It's a long way until the race on Sunday, but my tactic is to continue the positive start today, be quick in qualifying and make no mistakes in the race"
Position : 11th
Time : 1'33.690 Laps : 20
"I am happy with today's performance as although I finished lower than I wanted to be in the standings, I was only 0.3 of a second from the front row and Jorge who was the fastest Yamaha. Also I am especially pleased with the track improvements. The modifications of the corners definitely helps us to turn better which really adds to the enjoyment of riding this circuit plus the grip levels have obviously improved a lot. I tried the hard compound this morning which was really positive and then later today I rode on the soft. At the moment, I am still unsure on the best compound to use but we need to work a little on the rear section of the bike as I am sliding a lot when entering the corner. In addition, I definitely need to work on adjusting my riding style more. Overall, I am happy with my final lap time so tomorrow we will work harder and continue to move forward"
Marquez carves up new Indianapolis circuit to top Friday Practice
Round 10: Indianapolis Grand Prix - Free Practice 1&2
Indianapolis, Friday August 8 2014
Bridgestone slick compounds available: Front: Soft, Medium & Hard; Rear: Soft, Medium & Hard (Asymmetric)
Bridgestone wet tyre compounds available: Soft (Main), Hard (Alternative)
Weather: FP1 - Dry. Ambient 22-22°C; Track 26-29°C (Bridgestone measurement)
FP2 - Dry. Ambient 24-24°C; Track 34-38°C (Bridgestone measurement)
Repsol Honda's Marc Marquez adapted quickly to the new tarmac and layout of the revised Indianapolis Motor Speedway circuit to lead the field on the first day of practice for the Indianapolis Grand Prix.
Marquez set the day's quickest time of 1'32.882 on the combination of the medium compound slicks front and rear to finish 0.222 seconds ahead of Pramac Racing's Andrea Iannone in second place, who set his time on the same combination as Marquez. Third quickest today was Movistar Yamaha MotoGP's Jorge Lorenzo whose best time of 1'33.424 - set on the medium front and hard compound rear - was just over half a second off Marquez's benchmark time.
Light rain fell throughout the day at Indianapolis but track temperatures - which reached a peak of 38°C - were warm enough to ensure the track surface remained completely dry for both of today's practice sessions. In the morning session almost every rider ventured out on track with their softer rear slick option; medium compound for the Factory Honda and Yamaha riders, and soft compound for the Ducati and Open-class riders, to evaluate the grip level of the new Indy tarmac. However, such was the grip available from the new track surface that some riders also evaluated their harder rear slick option in the first session and were able to lap extremely quickly using this option. All three front slick options were utilised today, although only Repsol Honda's Dani Pedrosa evaluated the hard compound front. At this stage of the race weekend the majority of riders prefer the medium compound front, which is a new addition to the tyre allocation at Indianapolis this year.
All slick options performed well on the first day of action at Indianapolis and with grip levels bound to change as more sessions are run, further evaluation in tomorrow's practice sessions is needed for riders to determine their preferred race tyre combination.
Masao Azuma - Chief Engineer, Bridgestone Motorcycle Tyre Development Department
"The new tarmac at Indianapolis has improved the consistency of grip around the circuit which has made it easier for riders to get a feel of how their tyres are performing. Although we cannot make direct comparisons on lap times due to the change in track layout, the best time today was over five seconds quicker than the old circuit lap record, with the better interaction between the tarmac and tyre contributing to this improvement in pace. Our tyre allocation for this year has changed with the addition of the medium compound front slick and the riders were happy to have this new option at Indianapolis. Both our softer and harder rear slick options were evaluated by riders today and are performing well but with the grip level of the circuit improving in each session, tomorrow's practice sessions will give a clearer indication on which tyre combinations the riders will use for the race."
Moto2 Resume On Track Action at Indianapolis
Circuit: Indianapolis Motor Speedway
Circuit Length: 4.170 m
Bike # 5 - Johann Zarco
FP1: P24; 1'39.675 - 24 laps
FP2: P20; 1'38.731 -20 laps
Bike # 2 - Josh Herrin
FP1: P29; 1'40.100 - 22 laps
FP2: P28; 1'39.058 - 22 laps
FP1: (Conditions) Dry; (air temp) 23°, (track temp) 29°
FP2: (Conditions) Dry; (air temp) 25°, (track temp) 39°
Day one at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway saw Moto2 rookie Josh Herrin pick up the pace at his home Grand Prix.
Despite being disappointed with his final finishing position, the American worked hard to improve his time and show his ability to run in the top twenty throughout both Free Practice sessions.
Meanwhile Johann Zarco got off to a harder start as he struggled to get to grips with the 4.170 m circuit.
#5 Johann Zarco: "It has been a difficult first day. I am so far down in the classification. To finish in twentieth position is not good.
"I need to understand how to ride on this track because it looks like I don't have a good riding style here, so I must learn everything again. I will think tonight how I can do better tomorrow.
"We don't have any problems on the bike really. I just need to try to find the line and be strong. For sure I am disappointed at the moment but I am still focussed to understand and to do better because I know we can improve."
#2 Josh Herrin: "Today has gone OK. The beginning of Free Practice one felt really good and as I became more comfortable I wanted to try something, but it set us back a bit. I knew I had the pace though so it wasn't too bad.
"In the second session we immediately dropped our times and eventually got down to a 1m39.2s. We decided to try out a new softer tyre but unfortunately it didn't work as I felt a lot of chatter from it.I was happy with the time but not the position. I know that if we'd have stayed out on the hard tyre we could have at least got it into the mid 1m38s, which would have been great.
"I feel like I've improved a little bit and been more consistent. At one point we were up to fourteenth place which is by far the best position we have achieved so far, so hopefully tomorrow I can continue to progress."
BRADL SETS THE 6TH LAP TIME AT HIS FIRST OUTING AT INDY UPDATED CIRCUIT
Indianapolis, 8 August: the second half of the season started today at the renewed famous Indianapolis race track with LCR racer Stefan Bradl setting the sixth fastest lap time of the day (1'33.513). In the morning session Bradl and his colleagues joined the shorter circuit for a first impression and the German made a total of 19 laps deeply studying the layout. In the afternoon session Bradl increased his confidence fine-tuning his RC213V package ahead tomorrow's second day.
Bradl: "First of all the track is very nice and I can enjoy riding here a bit more than in the past because the surface is better and the corners have a better shape. We managed to be in a better position after the morning session which was related with a specific strategy (that's why I was only 14th). In the second session we improved our package lapping with more confidence but we still have to improve the traction control and some other little things. I think that P6 is a positive start after the summer break".
TOMORROW AT THE TRACK: SATURDAY, AUG. 9
INDIANAPOLIS, Friday, Aug. 8, 2014 - Information about 2014 Red Bull Indianapolis GP activity on Saturday, Aug. 9, at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway and in greater Indianapolis:
SCHEDULE (all times local):
7 a.m.-6 p.m. Public Gates Open
8-8:15 a.m. AMA Pro Vance & Hines Harley-Davidson Series Warm-up
9-9:40 a.m. Moto3 Practice
9:55-10:40 a.m. MotoGP Practice
10:55-11:40 a.m. Moto2 Practice
12:35-1:15 p.m. Moto3 Qualifying
1:30-2 p.m. MotoGP Practice
2:10-2:25 p.m. MotoGP Qualifying Session 1
2:35-2:50 p.m. MotoGP Qualifying Session 2
3:05-3:50 p.m. Moto2 Qualifying
4:20 p.m. AMA Pro Vance & Hines Harley-Davidson Series Race #1
9:40 a.m.: Motorcycle Stunting featuring XDL Street Jam - Moto Midway
10 a.m.: Vendor Marketplace Presented by Westfield Powersports,
Moto Midway & IMS Kids Zone Open
10 a.m.: Red Bull Trials Performance by Geoff Aaron - Vendor
Marketplace Presented by Westfield Powersports
10:45-11:55 a.m.: Picture Yes Concert - Moto Midway Stage
11:50 a.m.-12:25 p.m.: MotoGP VIP Village Pit Lane Walk
12 p.m.: Motorcycle Stunting featuring XDL Street Jam - Moto Midway
12-1 p.m.: Cycle World Q&A - Moto Midway Stage
12:30 p.m.: Red Bull Trials Performance by Geoff Aaron - Vendor
Marketplace Presented by Westfield Powersports
1-1:20 p.m.: Yamaha Champions Riding School Q&A - Moto Midway Stage
2:50-4:20 p.m.: Brent James and the Vintage Youth Concert - Moto Midway Stage
3 p.m.: Red Bull Trials Performance by Geoff Aaron - Vendor
Marketplace Presented by Westfield Powersports
3:50 p.m.: Motorcycle Stunting featuring XDL Street Jam - Moto Midway
4 p.m-12 a.m.: Motorcycles on Meridian - Downtown Indianapolis
5-p.m.: Pit Lane Walk for Voucher Holders - Enter at South Pit Gate
5:15 p.m.: Public Pit Lane Walk - Enter at South Pit Gate
5:15-5:45 p.m.: Colin Edwards Farewell Celebration & Yamaha Riders Q&A -
Moto Midway Stage
6 p.m.: Vendor Marketplace Presented by Westfield Powersports,
Moto Midway & IMS Kids Zone close
TICKETS: $20. Children 12 and under admitted free with adult general admission ticket-holder.
PUBLIC GATES OPEN : 7 a.m. (local time). Pedestrian gates open are Gates 1, 1B, 2, 3, 4, 6, 6A, 7 Vehicle, 7 South Pedestrian, 9A, 10, 10A, 12.
STANDS OPEN: A Stand (as needed GA, Sec. 1-4), B Penthouse (as needed GA, Sec. 1-4), C Stand (as needed GA, Sec. 12-14), E Stand, E Penthouse, H Stand, J Stand (as needed GA, Sec. 1-4), Corner 9 Terrace (Reserved), Ducati Island, North Vista Wheelchair (as needed GA, Sec. 21), Northwest Vista (as needed GA, Sec. 1-4), Northwest Vista Deck, Paddock (as needed GA, Sec. 9-18), Paddock Penthouse (as needed GA, Sec. 12-24), South Terrace, South Vista (as needed GA, Sec. 1-5, 12-22), South Vista Deck, Southwest Vista (as needed GA, Sec. 19-20), Southwest Vista Deck, Tower Terrace (as needed GA, Sec. 37-40, 79), Tower Terrace Wheelchair (as needed GA, Sec. 37-40), Wheelchair Accessible (Inside), Backstretch Family Mounds, Turn 2 Mounds, Gasoline Alley Roof (Suite GA and Paddock only).
DRIVE M7 Aspar enjoy new Indianapolis layout
Aoyama seventeenth fastest as he assesses new track, Camier begins intense learning process
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Today saw the return of the MotoGP World Championship following the summer break, with the newly modified Indianapolis Grand Prix circuit playing host to the riders on a day that was broken by rain showers. Valentino Rossi set the pace in the morning session but the lap times dropped dramatically in the afternoon and championship leader Marc Márquez finished with the fastest time, despite the best efforts of Iannone, Dovizioso and Hernández on soft tyres in the final five minutes of the session.
DRIVE M7 Aspar rider Hiroshi Aoyama spent the day getting used to the new layout and asphalt, trying different tyre compounds as he gradually improved his pace and confidence. Despite not feeling as comfortable with his bike set-up in the afternoon as he had in the morning the Japanese rider did manage to shave 0.8 seconds off his best lap time and he finished the day in seventeenth position. Leon Camier made his MotoGP debut with the DRIVE M7 Aspar Team in place of the injured Nicky Hayden and despite it being an entirely new experience for him the British rider felt comfortable on the Honda and he is looking forward to learning more tomorrow.
17th Hiroshi Aoyama 1.35.106 (40 laps): "Today we were able to try out the modified circuit here at Indianapolis and personally I much prefer it. It is easier to overtake and to maintain your speed through the corners. It wasn't easy to pass here before but the track feels wider and there are different lines to take. It seems like the harder tyre has less grip and I felt safer on the soft compound, but the idea tomorrow is to improve the bike in all situations and pick the tyre that is going to last full race distance. I found it easier to set fast times this morning than this afternoon, when we made a change that didn't work out as we hoped. We have to keep working tomorrow to try and find more grip."
23th Leon Camier 1.36.394 (42 laps): "The bike, the engine management system, the tyres... everything has been new for me today and very different to what I am used to riding. Even so I enjoyed myself, the bike seems good although obviously I have a lot to learn. I didn't think I would fit on the bike but it felt much better than I expected. I love the Indianapolis track, in some ways it is similar to Silverstone, and the first corner is really impressive - you have the throw the bike in there and be brave. In general I am happy with how the day has gone but I need time to work on the lap time and to find some more speed. I am sure that as I learn the bike I will be able to manage it better in the corners. I tried the soft and intermediate compound tyres today and I liked them - they were unlike anything I have ridden on before."