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Jun 13, 2014

Smith Tops MotoGP Free Practice Two In The Afternoon Heat At Catalunya

Bradley Smith (38).

FIM MotoGP World Championship

Catalunya Circuit, Spain

June 13, 2014

Free Practice Two Results (all using Bridgestone tires):

1. Bradley SMITH, UK (YAMAHA), 1:42.123

2. Stefan BRADL, Germany (HONDA), 1:42.130

3. Marc MARQUEZ, Spain (HONDA), 1:42.274

4. Jorge LORENZO, Spain (YAMAHA), 1:42.282

5. Pol ESPARGARO, Spain (YAMAHA), 1:42.608

6. Valentino ROSSI, Italy (YAMAHA), 1:42.629

7. Andrea DOVIZIOSO, Italy (DUCATI), 1:42.812

8. Yonny HERNANDEZ, Colombia (DUCATI), 1:42.860

9. Andrea IANNONE, Italy (DUCATI), 1:43.037

10. Dani PEDROSA, Spain (HONDA), 1:43.078

11. Alvaro BAUTISTA, Spain (HONDA), 1:43.160

12. Aleix ESPARGARO, Spain (FORWARD YAMAHA), 1:43.198

13. Scott REDDING, UK (HONDA), 1:43.612

14. Cal CRUTCHLOW, UK (DUCATI), 1:43.725

15. Colin EDWARDS, USA (FORWARD YAMAHA), 1:43.819

16. Michele PIRRO, Italy (DUCATI), 1:43.908

17. Hector BARBERA, Spain (FTR-KAWASAKI), 1:43.961

18. Nicky HAYDEN, USA (HONDA), 1:44.027

19. Hiroshi AOYAMA, Japan (HONDA), 1:44.096

20. Karel ABRAHAM, Czech Republic (HONDA), 1:44.125

21. Michael LAVERTY, UK (PBM-APRILIA), 1:44.525

22. Broc PARKES, Australia (PBM-APRILIA), 1:44.852

23. Mike DI MEGLIO, France (FTR-KAWASAKI), 1:45.482

24. Michel FABRIZIO, Italy (ART-APRILIA), 1:47.329 



More, from a press release issued by Repsol Honda:

Tricky first day in Catalunya for the Repsol Honda Team

Under incredibly hot temperatures, the GP of Catalunya got underway today.

It was a strange day with the Repsol Honda Riders, Marc Marquez and Dani Pedrosa, working hard to find the best setting on their RCV213V Hondas. This morning when the air temperature was 31ºC and the track 44ºC, Dani finished 6th with his lap of 1’42.664 (lap 5/18) and Championship leader, Marc, only able to manage seventh with 1’42.742 (lap 8/19).

This afternoon, temperatures rose to 34ºC (air) and 55ºC (track) and Marc was able to improve by half a second using the hard option front and rear tyres finishing third in the session and fourth for the day with 1’42.274 (lap 8/19). Dani was not able to better his morning time which he recorded on soft option front and rear tyres. He finished tenth for the session (1’43.078 on lap 6/17) and ninth for the day in the combined times.

TEAM QUOTES

Marc Marquez

4th - 1'42.274

"Despite not being at the top today, I am happy with how this first day of practice for the Catalan Grand Prix went and I've made good progress. In the first session I found things a little difficult, but in the second session we improved and this has led to us having a clear direction to go in tomorrow. I think this is the most important thing to take from today”

Dani Pedrosa

9th - 1'42.664

“The good news is that I was able to ride better today than in Mugello. I hope that with a few more laps under my belt I will loosen up even more, and things will go even better. This afternoon we tried out the larger brake discs, which react better and mean that you need to use the brake lever a little differently with your fingers, which is something I am getting used to. We also worked with the hard tyre compound on the front and the rear, and I was able to use them for the entire afternoon session"




More, from a press release issued by Cardion AB Motoracing:

We started with the 17th place in Friday´s free practises

The Czech rider Karel Abraham completed the first two free practice sessions at Montmeló in Barcelona, Spain. At the hot track surface he achieved better time 1:43,905 in the morning. In the afternoon the weather conditions got worse a lot and tested tires did not allow to achieve a better result. The team also worked intensively to solve the problem with braking. The situation improved a lot by bigger technical intervention and installing a larger brake discs.

Karel Abraham

"We simply couldn´t be better in the afternoon due to terrible hot weather. For me it was almost impossible to stand it. We tried some new tires and we found out, that we couldn´t use it at such hot surface. That´s one clear thing. Problems with braking, which continued ever since Jerez, I believe we have solved. We tried to use a larger brake disc. According to the new Technical Regulations we are allowed to do it and it fits good in such heat. I like Barcelona very much, I´m able to achieve good lap times here. I just wish it was less heat on Sunday. The ideal temperature would be 25 degrees Celsius."

Marco Grana, Chief mechanic Cardion AB

"In the morning we started very well. We were even faster than last year, which is great for us. In the afternoon, however, turned into a big fight with the heat. The tires that we tried, did not work at all and tomorrow we have to replaced them. We are satisfied with the decision to replace the brake disc. We used the larger one and Karel has started to feel much better on the bike. We are close to the top riders so I´m quite optimistic for tomorrow. I'm sure we will improve the time a lot.“




More, from a press release issued by NGM Mobile Forward Racing:

Espargaro fastest in front of the home crowd

The first day of the Catalunya GP saw the NGM Forward Racing rider Aleix Espargaro on top of the time sheets with the Spaniard setting a superb 1’41.672.

It was a positive start for the NGM Forward Racing Team with Aleix Espargaro who finished the morning session with the fastest time, position that he maintained in the combined classification.

In front of his home crowd Aleix continued working on the electronics in the FP2 in order to improve his feeling with the bike when the temperatures are getting higher (55°C asphalt temperature) and the track becomes very slippery. Espargaro couldn’t improve his lap times in the afternoon but he will continue to work tomorrow in preparation of the race.

Team mate Colin Edwards too focused on chassis set up and electronics. Texas Tornado found some good solutions that allowed him to improve his lap times in the afternoon (15th with a lap time of 1’43.819 ) and he finally finished with the 16th best time in the combined classification.

Colin Edwards:

“This morning we tried different settings and in the afternoon we continued with positive results. We need to find the best way to integrate the new chassis with this engine and electronics. In the afternoon the feeling improved a bit and also the lap times, but we will keep on working on the electronics to make it more consistent”.

Aleix Espargaro:

"I’m happy with this morning’s result. We were able to do a fast lap and also the pace was quiet good. We suffered more in the afternoon with the hot temperatures as the track was very slippery and the traction control was not supporting us as we would like. We made some changes on the front and we tested some different electronics settings, but we couldn’t improve our lap times and tomorrow we will keep on working on the electronics”.





More, from a press release issued by Monster Yamaha Tech 3:

Smith strikes gold in afternoon on the opening day in Montmelo

Bradley Smith kicked off proceedings in spectacular style with a dominant ride to 1st position in FP2 on the opening day at the Gran Premi Monster Energy de Catalunya. After beginning his weekend with a best time of 1.43,718 in this morning’s FP1 session, Smith knuckled down with his Monster Yamaha Tech3 Team to continue his setup research from Mugello during the afternoon before expertly clinching 1st at the end of the session under gloriously sunny conditions. The 23 year old completed a colossal 20 laps and his relentless efforts were rewarded with a 1.42,123 lap time which boosted him from 12th to 1st in the final five minutes of the session. His pace in FP2 saw him 0.151 of a second ahead of championship leader Marc Marquez and is also already an improvement of almost half a second from his qualifying time last year. Tomorrow, the young British rider will aim to continue from his superb start today by gunning for a top grid position in qualifying.

Local hero Pol Espargaro began his home GP at the Monster Energy sponsored Catalunya circuit in a forward and positive manner by soaring to 8th in the combined standings today. He enters this race brimming with confidence having clinched top five results in the past two races and looks set to continue his impressive rookie form. Espargaro began the opening FP1 session with a best time of 1.43,001, in 10th position but proceeded to fight ambitiously to lower his time by four tenths of a second before finishing with a lap time of 1.42,608 equalling 5th. The young Spaniard’s result was under half a second back from his team mate and ahead of numerous vastly experienced riders as the reigning Moto2 world champion optimistically looks towards tomorrow’s qualifying session where he will be aiming for a top six start for Sunday’s race.

Bradley Smith

Position : 2nd Time :1'42.123 Lap : 41

"To finish in 1st in FP2 is certainly great. I am pleased as we undertook some key work in Mugello and the results are shining through here as well. The setting is very positive with the bike although I wasn’t able to show it last time unfortunately. The main thing we looked at today was the front contact, the turning of the bike as well as front tyre choices. There are still a few areas we need to make some small adjustments on such as the balance and how it behaves in sector 4 of the circuit which is a bit tough. Overall, I feel confident and happier plus I enjoy Barcelona as I run strongly here. It’s been a tricky few races but we have always worked hard and now I aim to keep this positive momentum for this weekend and the next few MotoGP races and continue to try my best."

Pol Espargaro

Position : 8th Time : 1'42.608 Lap : 38

"I believe we can be satisfied with our performance today. The first sessions are always tricky for us as I need to understand the lines and get the feeling of how to ride a MotoGP bike on the track and especially here it has been an emotional start, as its just so close from where I have grown up. But finishing 5th this afternoon, whilst improving our lap times also with the hotter conditions, is really positive and gives me a lot of confidence for tomorrow. It goes without saying that we still have a margin to improve and also Bradley doing such a great job during the second session which proves that we can definitely go faster, but we will check the data now to understand what we need to change to be even more competitive tomorrow."




More, from a press release issued by Movistar Yamaha:

Montmelò Circuit (Spain), 13th June 2014

Movistar Yamaha MotoGP riders Jorge Lorenzo and Valentino Rossi were back on track today for the first free practice sessions of this weekend’s GP Monster Energy de Catalunya.

Both Lorenzo and Rossi were quick to re-familiarise themselves with the Montmelò circuit in the first session, Lorenzo leading most of the session before wrapping up in second with Rossi in fourth, just 0.022 seconds behind his teammate.

The afternoon practice saw scorching hot weather and track temperatures of 52 degrees, changing the track conditions and slowing the times a little. Both Lorenzo and Rossi were quick to get on the pace, taking turns to run in the top spot in the first minutes on the medium compound tyre. They dropped a few places down the timesheets having taken pit stops but were back in the hunt towards the end of the session having switched to the harder compound rear tyre.

Lorenzo wrapped up the second session in fourth, just 0.159 from first whilst Rossi finished in sixth, 0.506 from the front.

The results put Lorenzo in fifth in the combined times for the day on 1’42.282 and Rossi in seventh on 1’42.423.

Jorge Lorenzo

5th / 1'42.282 / 15 laps

“In the morning it was good so I didn't expect to have so many problems in the afternoon, but the track was much hotter and we had problems with grip and tyre consistency. Tomorrow we have to decide which tyre to use in the front and rear and try to make the bike more stable in acceleration.”

Valentino Rossi

7th / 1'42.423 / 17 laps

“It's a shame because the track is fantastic but it’s very difficult to ride, especially with the high temperatures, the tyres suffer very much because the load on them is very hard. The surface has a lot of bumps and not much grip. I think we have to work for the future because the surface is quite finished. It’s difficult to control the bike and I’m not very happy about my speed and position. We followed one way with the setting but it was not the right way. This afternoon when it was very hot I suffered in the entry of the corner. We will check the data and decide on the tyres as all options are possible. We also have to decide on the strategy for qualifying.”

Massimo Meregalli

“We started very well this morning, both Jorge and Vale were quickly comfortable and we were able to set a competitive pace for the first session. Unfortunately in the afternoon the temperatures rose considerably and made the situation more complicated, changing the track conditions a lot. With this heat it is more challenging for us to find grip on the corner entry for Vale and stability under acceleration for Jorge, tyre life is certainly an issue. The track surface is also not great which doesn't help matters. We will take the data form today and work to find solutions for tomorrow's third practice."




More, from a press release issued by Bridgestone:

Aleix Espargaro quickest in opening MotoGP™ melee at Montmeló

Round 7: Catalan MotoGP™ - Free Practice 1&2

Montmeló, Friday June 13 2014

Bridgestone slick compounds available: Front: Soft, Medium & Hard; Rear: Soft, Medium & Hard (Asymmetric)

Bridgestone wet tyre compounds available: Hard (Main), Soft (Alternative)

Weather: FP1 - Dry. Ambient 24-28°C; Track 38-42°C (Bridgestone measurement)

FP2 - Dry. Ambient 34-34°C; Track 52-54°C (Bridgestone measurement)

NGM Forward Racing’s Aleix Espargaro was quickest in Friday practice for the Catalan Grand Prix, the Spanish rider setting a time under the current Circuit Record Lap in this morning’s Free Practice 1 session.

Espargaro revelled in the conditions at his home circuit, and at the end of FP1 with a new, soft compound rear slick fitted, set a scorching time of 1’41.672. Second quickest on combined times today was Monster Yamaha Tech 3’s Bradley Smith as the British rider was quickest in the scorching hot FP2 session in the afternoon with a personal best time of 1'42.123. Third quickest on the opening day at Montmeló was LCR Honda’s Stefan Bradl with a time of 1’42.130.

The sun mercilessly beat down on the Circuit de Catalunya-Barcelona today, sending track temperatures soaring. Track temperatures were already well into the 40°C range for the morning FP1 session and reached a peak of 54°C during FP2. The dry conditions enabled riders to assess many slick tyre combinations, with all slick compound options front and rear being utilised today. Although more track time is needed before the best race tyre combination for each rider can be decided, rider feedback from today’s sessions indicates that both rear slick options for the Factory and Open-class entrants are performing well, while for the front, the medium and hard compound slicks each have their own advantages depending on riding style and bike setup. Cooler conditions are forecast for tomorrow, yet this shouldn’t have a significant influence on tyre choice for the practice and qualifying sessions.

Masao Azuma – Chief Engineer, Bridgestone Motorsport Tyre Development Department

“We often experience very hot conditions at Montmeló and that was the case today, as we had extremely high ambient and track temperatures. One of the characteristics of this circuit in hot conditions is that the tarmac can get quite greasy which can make it difficult for the riders, but the riders reported that today tyre performance was good, with lap times for the opening day being quite quick, while tyre degradation is predictable which is helping the riders maintain consistent lap times during their runs. Tomorrow’s practice sessions will help riders decide on their race tyre combination, and with cooler temperatures being forecast the general pace of the field should improve.”




More, from a press release issued by LCR Honda:

STEFAN STARTS THE WEEKEND WITH A STUNNING 2nd PLACE AT CATALUNYA

Montmeló, 13 June: Friday’s afternoon FP2 at scorching Montmeló race track ended with LCR Honda’s Stefan Bradl in 2nd position with a best lap time of 1’42.130. The opening day of the Gran Premi de Catalunya saw the German displaying a good form after the unfortunate weekend in Mugello as he qualified 5th fastest already in the morning FP1. Bradl is aiming to continue his progression tomorrow with a special care on tyres performances considering the heat.

Stefan: “Obviously I am quite happy about today because first and second session went both quite good. Our base set-up is working well and we made some little adjustments ahead the second session to improve the feedback from the front tyre. We were trying hard and soft tyre at the end of the session because it’s extremely important for the heat as Sunday will be probably very hot. We are not sure about tyre situation at this moment but overall our pace is quite good. Physically speaking I feel okay despite the tough weekend in Mugello. So I would say that this is another beginning for us and hope to continue in the same way even tomorrow”.




More, from a press release issued by Scott Redding's publicist:

Scott Redding happy with progress on opening day in Barcelona

Barcelona, Spain – 13 June 2014: Scott Redding declared himself happy with progress, after finishing the opening day in Barcelona 13th on the timesheet.

For Redding this was his first appearance at the Montmeló circuit aboard a MotoGP machine but, after learning his way during this morning’s first session, the 21-year-old Briton posted a time of 1’43.612 in this afternoon’s 45-minute free practice, to finish once again as the highest placed production Honda rider.

Scott Redding // 13th // 1’43.612

“Overall I’m pretty happy. It’s been a little difficult today because of the big difference in track temperature and conditions between the morning and afternoon sessions. The track felt a little greasy this afternoon, but that’s when I set my fastest time of the day, which is quite good. I made a few mistakes on my fastest lap, although it felt pretty good, so there should be more to come tomorrow. We also need to decide on the race tyre, as we’re not sure just yet, but this we will know after just a few laps tomorrow. This has never been one of my favourite circuits, but it’s great fun to ride on a MotoGP bike, especially when you spin up the rear tyre.”




More, from a press release issued by Ducati Corse:

Difficult day 1 for Ducati Team riders in Catalunya GP free practice

The two Ducati Team riders, Andrea Dovizioso and Cal Crutchlow, and test-rider Michele Pirro, entered in the Spanish race as a wild-card, struggled more than expected today at the Montmeló circuit, where the first two free practice sessions for the GP of Catalunya were held.

After a difficult first session, both Dovizioso and Crutchlow slightly improved their times in the afternoon: the Italian finished the day in tenth place with a time of 1’42.812, while his British team-mate lapped in 1’43.725 to finish back in fifteenth place.

Michele Pirro was unable to improve in the warmer afternoon conditions, and he ended up in 14th place, with a time slightly quicker than that of Crutchlow.

Andrea Dovizioso (Ducati Team #04) – 10th (1’42.812)

“I am quite happy because we managed to improve on this morning’s set-up. This afternoon the conditions were more difficult because there was less grip with the hot weather (50° C track), but we got a bit closer to the leaders. I didn’t do a great lap with the soft tyre, because at the front I had fitted a harder used one. But I managed to get into the top 10 and that’s positive.”

Cal Crutchlow (Ducati Team #35) – 15th (1’43.725)

“Obviously today I’m not very happy with the situation, we’ve made hardly any improvement and my Desmosedici GP14 had very little grip. We need to improve tomorrow, but for the moment it’s difficult because we still have the same problem in that we cannot turn the bike the way we want to. I think Dovi is in the same boat, but he is just able to do a faster lap time than me at the moment.”

Michele Pirro (Ducati Test Team #51) – 14th (1’43.624)

“Today we tried various things with my GP14, but in the end I was not able to improve on this morning’s time with the warmer track. Tomorrow we’ll try and work on the set-up and make another step, and I feel sure we can make some progress.”




More, from a press release issued by Drive M7 Aspar Team:

DRIVE M7 Aspar riders begin Catalan GP

Nicky Hayden tests state of hand following surgery last week, placing nineteenth. Hiroshi Aoyama goes 20th fastest

With Aleix Espargaró leading the way on day 1 of the Catalan GP, Friday showed the closeness of the premier class field. Many riders count the venue for this weekend’s race as one of their favourites, but this time it was some less familiar faces who topped the timesheets on a hot day. Many set their best times in morning, but Aleix Espargaró, Rossi, Márquez, Lorenzo, Bradl and Smith all took their turn on top. Espargaro benefitted from using the soft tyre compound to go fastest today, but all of the riders are close together so far and a great battle awaits on Sunday.

Nicky Hayden landed in Catalonia with the state of his right hand unknown, after the operation he underwent last week. But he responded well on the first day out on track. The DRIVE M7 Aspar rider knew that this would be a tough weekend for him, but was able to work consistently to set the nineteenth fastest time of the day in the morning session. In contrast, Hiroshi Aoyama set his best time in the second session and ended the day a position and 0.088s behind his teammate. After this positive first day, both DRIVE M7 Aspar riders will try to keep improving tomorrow.

19th Nicky Hayden 1.44.008 (32 laps): "Fortunately today we were able to ride uninterrupted to gather a lot of data. I am confident that we can improve over the weekend. We know that this won’t be an easy Grand Prix, but it is a home race for the team and we will try to do our best. The operation last week went better than expected and I feel considerably better than at Mugello. Unless tomorrow morning when I get up I have a specific problem, my goal is to ride all weekend. I hope to score plenty of points on Sunday. My main problem is my right hand when braking, but it's something I already had in mind, so I'm willing to deal with this situation. The Circuit de Catalunya is a track I like, but sometimes I feel comfortable here and sometimes not so much. This weekend we will fight to give the best showing of ourselves. This morning we worked on electronic mapping, trying to find more power and acceleration."

20th Hiroshi Aoyama 1.44.096 (37 laps): "Catalonia is like my second home Grand Prix, because I spend a lot of time here during the season and have been living in Barcelona for years. I have many friends who come to watch me and encourage me. All this gives me extra motivation. This morning we struggled to get on the pace, but in the afternoon we worked on the setup of the bike and I started to feel better. We still don’t have the complete confidence that we would like to push hard, especially on specific corners where I am losing a lot of speed. I hope that tomorrow we can improve the performance of the bike when cornering. Today we were two seconds off the fastest time, so I hope that tomorrow we can reduce the difference."



More, from a press release issued by Dorna:

Aleix Espargaro quickest overall at red hot Barcelona-Catalunya

Friday afternoon’s MotoGP™ FP2 at the Gran Premi Monster Energy de Catalunya ended with Bradley Smith setting the pace, as Stefan Bradl and Marc Marquez joined him in the top three, but Aleix Espargaro was Friday’s fastest rider overall courtesy of an FP1 hot lap.

Monster Yamaha Tech3’s Smith set his best time of the afternoon with the track temperatures reaching over 50°C, his 1’42.123 lap well over a second quicker than he had gone in the morning.

The Briton ended the afternoon run just ahead of LCR Honda MotoGP’s Bradl and Repsol Honda Team Marquez, but it was NGM Forward Racing’s Espargaro who recorded the best time of the day (1’41.672) on a softer compound rear tyre at his home track in the morning session.

Completing the top five on the combined timesheet was the race winner for the last two years at Barcelona-Catalunya, Jorge Lorenzo (Movistar Yamaha MotoGP) who was just over 0.6s down on Espargaro’s P1 time. Lorenzo’s best lap came in the afternoon heat, with the many riders using harder option front and rear tyres in the Mediterranean sunshine.

Sixth and seventh overall were Italians Andrea Iannone (Pramac Racing) and Valentino Rossi (Movistar Yamaha MotoGP) courtesy of their best times in FP1, with Iannone escaping unhurt from a turn 10 tumble into the gravel in the morning outing.

The overall top ten was completed by Pol Espargaro (Monster Yamaha Tech3), Dani Pedrosa (Repsol Honda Team) and Andrea Dovizioso (Ducati Team).

Nicky Hayden (Drive M7 Aspar) rode 32 laps over the course of the day as he assessed the condition of his right wrist, on which he had surgery after missing Mugello. He ended the day 19th overall.


Moto2™: Rabat dominates round seven Friday sessions

The first day of practice at the Gran Premi Monster Energy de Catalunya saw Tito Rabat (Marc VDS Racing Team) top both sessions. On the combined timesheet Jonas Folger was second with Mika Kallio third.

Rabat was the only rider able to drop into the 1’46s with a 1’46.955s in FP2, 0.746s clear of his closest rival Folger (AGR Team), who recorded a 1’47.701s lap in the afternoon to put him second overall. Kallio (Marc VDS Racing Team) did not improve on his FP1 time of 1’47.836s in the second session, but remained third in terms of combined times.

Sam Lowes (Speed Up) was fourth overall despite two crashes in FP2 and he was the only non-Kalex rider in the overall top five. Mattia Pasini (NGM Forward Racing) rounded out the leading quintet with a 1’47.951s, from FP1.

Maverick Viñales (Paginas Amarillas HP 40), Sandro Cortese (Dynavolt Intact GP) and Takaaki Nakagami (IDEMITSU Honda Team Asia) were all able to improve their times in FP2 to end the day in an overall top ten which also featured Dominique Aegerter (Technomag CarXpert) and Luis Salom (Paginas Amarillas HP 40).

Turns 5 and 10 proved to be tricky with the majority of the day’s crashes occurring there across the two sessions. Thomas Luthi (Interwetten paddock Moto2) fell in FP1, whilst Folger, Azlan Shah (IDEMITSU Honda Team Asia) and Lowes all crashed in FP2, with Lowes tumbling twice. All riders were unhurt.


Moto3™: Quick Ajo demonstrates Montmelo strength

Moto3™ FP2 at the Gran Premi Monster Energy de Catalunya on Friday afternoon saw Niklas Ajo show his pace around the Mediterranean track, leading from Jack Miller and Isaac Viñales.

In hot and humid conditions at the Barcelona-Catalunya circuit, with ambient temperatures reaching 32°C, it was a demanding session for the riders - but Finnish youngster Ajo adapted best to the heat, to put his Avant Tecno Husqvarna Ajo machine top with a 1’51.930 lap.

The best times came late in the session with standings leader Miller (Red Bull KTM Ajo) and in-form rider Viñales (Calvo Team) joining Ajo in the top three, both within 0.015s of the top spot.

Completing the top five were Italian compatriots Niccolo Antonelli (Junior Team GO&FUN) and Romano Fenati (SKY Racing Team VR46), who have had contrasting fortunes thus far in 2014, the former crashing out of the last three races.

The top ten was rounded out by Alex Marquez (Estrella Galicia 0,0), Enea Bastianini (Junior Team Go&FUN Moto3), Alex Rins (Estrella Galicia 0,0), Efren Vazquez (SAXOPRINT RTG) and Brad Binder (Ambrogio Racing).

There were crashes for Vazquez, Karel Hanika (Red Bull KTM Ajo) and Luca Grünwald (Kiefer Racing) but none of them were seriously hurt.