Jorge Martin Tops the Table at COTA in FP2
After a blazing FP1 that saw Mooney VR46 rider Luca Marini top the table. Jorge Martin came back and nearly broke the MotoGP lap record at Circuit of the Americas. Martin logged a 2m02.178s. Just shy of the current All-Time Lap Record of 2:02.039. Francesco Bagnaia bounced back after FP1 to run second fastest. FP2 was full of drama and on track incidents. The session started with uncertainty related to the weather. Luckily the rain stayed away. However, the session ended with 6 crashes which shook up the field.
Second place championship standing sitter Marco Bezzecchi was one of those unlucky riders. Miguel Oliveira was also one of the unlucky after missing the race in Argentina due to injury. He came back strong, but shortly after finding pace he had a mid speed low side slide out. After the first incident he still was 3rd fastest but ended up crashing a second time and ended the session 15th fastest. He appears to be unharmed by the incident and should be good to go for tomorrows activities.
In a great effort for Honda, LCR Honda Castrol rider Alex Rins went 3rd fastest 2 tenths behind the FP2 leader. Monster Energy Yamaha rider Fabio Quartararo found some redemption with his pace this season running 7th fastest but still will be looking to improve to return the the top 5 running as was the case in his championship year.
2023 COTA Practice 2 Results are Below.
|1||Jorge Martin||SPA||Pramac Ducati (GP23)||2’02.178s|
|2||Francesco Bagnaia||ITA||Ducati Lenovo (GP23)||+0.063s|
|3||Alex Rins||SPA||LCR Honda (RC213V)||+0.217s|
|4||Luca Marini||ITA||Mooney VR46 Ducati (GP22)||+0.238s|
|5||Alex Marquez||SPA||Gresini Ducati (GP22)||+0.504s|
|6||Maverick Viñales||SPA||Aprilia Racing (RS-GP23)||+0.539s|
|7||Fabio Quartararo||FRA||Monster Yamaha (YZR-M1)||+0.543s|
|8||Brad Binder||RSA||Red Bull KTM (RC16)||+0.557s|
|9||Aleix Espargaro||SPA||Aprilia Racing (RS-GP23)||+0.587s|
|10||Jack Miller||AUS||Red Bull KTM (RC16)||+0.663s|
|11||Marco Bezzecchi||ITA||Mooney VR46 Ducati (GP22)||+0.700s|
|12||Joan Mir||SPA||Repsol Honda (RC213V)||+0.726s|
|13||Takaaki Nakagami||JPN||LCR Honda (RC213V)||+1.030s|
|14||Johann Zarco||FRA||Pramac Ducati (GP22)||+1.151s|
|15||Miguel Oliveira||POR||RNF Aprilia (RS-GP22)||+1.162s|
|16||Franco Morbidelli||ITA||Monster Yamaha (YZR-M1)||+1.265s|
|17||Michele Pirro||ITA||Ducati Lenovo (GP23)||+1.507s|
|18||Raul Fernandez||SPA||RNF Aprilia (RS-GP22)||+1.512s|
|19||Fabio Di Giannantonio||ITA||Gresini Ducati (GP22)||+1.901s|
|20||Stefan Bradl||GER||Repsol Honda (RC213V)||+1.951s|
|21||Augusto Fernandez||SPA||Tech3 GASGAS (RC16)*||+2.383s|
|22||Jonas Folger||GER||Tech3 GASGAS (RC16)||+4.351s|