Lorenzo doubles up in Spain

Jorge Lorenzo proved he is in fine form ahead of the Spanish leg of the MotoGP season as he was fastest in the second free practice on Friday.

The Spaniard was also quickest in FP1 earlier in the day at Jerez and backed it up with another strong showing.

Lorenzo went out early on his YZR-M1 and set the fastest lap in the low one minute forties, but Marc Marquez blew that out of the water with a sizzling 1m39.900s in his sixth lap.

That would remain the fastest time of the afternoon until Lorenzo went back out at the death and improved to a 1m 39.957s, just behind Marquez, before posting a new benchmark of 1m 39.555s two minutes before the end of the session.

Aleix Espargaro jumped up from sixth to third late in the session on his Suzuki, while Avintia Racing’s Hector Barbera claimed fourth.

Yamaha’s Valentino Rossi could only manage fifth fastest, finishing over seven tenths of a second down on his teammate.

FP2 results

1.    Jorge Lorenzo  Movistar Yamaha MotoGP (YZR-M1)    1m39.555s
2.    Marc Marquez  Repsol Honda Team (RC213V)    1m39.900s     0.345s
3.    Aleix Espargaro  Team Suzuki Ecstar (GSX-RR)    1m40.093s     0.538s
4.    Hector Barbera   Avintia Racing (Desmosedici GP14.2)    1m40.229s     0.674s
5.    Valentino Rossi  Movistar Yamaha MotoGP (YZR-M1)    1m40.282s     0.727s
6.    Maverick Viñales   Team Suzuki Ecstar (GSX-RR)    1m40.448s     0.893s
7.    Andrea Dovizioso  Ducati Team (Desmosedici GP)    1m40.737s     1.182s
8.    Scott Redding  Octo Pramac Yakhnich (Desmosedici GP15)    1m40.860s     1.305s
9.    Dani Pedrosa  Repsol Honda Team (RC213V)    1m40.925s     1.370s
10.    Eugene Laverty  Aspar MotoGP Team (Desmosedici GP14.2)    1m40.925s     1.370s
11.    Andrea Iannone  Ducati Team (Desmosedici GP)    1m41.017s     1.462s
12.    Yonny Hernandez   Aspar MotoGP Team (Desmosedici GP14.2)    1m41.028s     1.473s
13.    Cal Crutchlow  Honda (RC213V)    1m41.112s     1.557s
14.    Pol Espargaro   Monster Yamaha Tech 3 (YZR-M1)    1m41.167s     1.612s
15.    Stefan Bradl  Factory Aprilia Gresini (RS-GP)    1m41.178s     1.623s
16.    Bradley Smith  Monster Yamaha Tech 3 (YZR-M1)    1m41.287s     1.732s
17.    Loris Baz  Avintia Racing (Desmosedici GP14.2)    1m41.320s     1.765s
18.    Alvaro Bautista  Factory Aprilia Gresini (RS-GP)    1m41.573s     2.018s
19.    Michele Pirro  Octo Pramac Yakhnich (Desmosedici GP15)    1m41.841s     2.286s
20.    Jack Miller Estrella Galicia 0,0 Marc VDS (RC213V)    1m41.904s     2.349s
21.    Tito Rabat Estrella Galicia 0,0 Marc VDS (RC213V)*    1m42.230s     2.675s