Marquez on top in second practice

Marc Marquez topped the timesheets after Friday’s second practice ahead of this weekend’s Argentinian MotoGP Grand Prix.

The biggest story of the day, however, was reserved for reigning world champion Jorge Lorenzo, who could only manage 14th place.

Lorenzo looked to struggle with the front end of his Yamaha, and was a full 1.240 seconds off Marquez’s leading time.

Honda appear to have fully overcome their pre-season struggles with MotoGP’s new control electronics, with Marquez grabbing a podium spot in Qatar and again showing impressive pace this week.

After finishing second in FP1 earlier in the day, he led the way in the afternoon after a 1m41.579s, with Honda occupying four of the top five places.

Lorenzo, meanwhile, has plenty of work ahead of him if he’s to salvage a good qualifying position, particularly as the forecast is calling for rain on Saturday, which could complicate matters.

Marquez was followed by team-mate Dani Pedrosa in second, 0.025s behind, while Maverick Vinales continued to impress as he grabbed the third fastest time for Suzuki. Both Suzuki riders took a tumble during the session, but Vinales managed to recover with little damage done.

Marc VDS’s Jack Miller fourth and LCR’s Cal Crutchlow were fourth and fifth, followed by Scott Redding in sixth for Pramac Ducati.

Valentino Rossi crossed the line in seventh, which was better than team-mate Lorenzo, although he would have been hoping for more.

Times

1 Marc Marquez Honda 1m41.579s
2 Daniel Pedrosa Honda 1m41.604s 0.025s
3 Maverick Vinales Suzuki 1m42.047s 0.468s
4 Jack Miller Marc VDS Honda 1m42.375s 0.796s
5 Cal Crutchlow LCR Honda 1m42.451s 0.872s
6 Scott Redding Pramac Ducati 1m42.458s 0.879s
7 Valentino Rossi Yamaha 1m42.565s 0.986s
8 Aleix Espargaro Suzuki 1m42.576s 0.997s
9 Bradley Smith Tech3 Yamaha 1m42.595s 1.016s
10 Andrea Dovizioso Ducati 1m42.635s 1.056s
11 Hector Barbera Avintia Ducati 1m42.664s 1.085s
12 Eugene Laverty Aspar Ducati 1m42.724s 1.145s
13 Pol Espargaro Tech3 Yamaha 1m42.774s 1.195s
14 Jorge Lorenzo Yamaha 1m42.819s 1.240s
15 Andrea Iannone Ducati 1m42.953s 1.374s
16 Loris Baz Avintia Ducati 1m43.054s 1.475s
17 Yonny Hernandez Aspar Ducati 1m43.242s 1.663s
18 Tito Rabat Marc VDS Honda 1m43.538s 1.959s
19 Alvaro Bautista Aprilia 1m43.800s 2.221s
20 Stefan Bradl Aprilia 1m43.892s 2.313s

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