Winner of all the races of the first half of the season, Marc Márquez took advantage of the summer break to relax and arrive at the United States block re-inflated. A form that allowed him to leave on the same basis as in the first nine races of the year with the fastest free trials.
Marquez, who is the youngest driver in history to win nine races in a row, has a total of 225 points in the world standings, 77 points ahead of his teammate of Honda’s Dani Pedrosa.
Mark said on Thursday that he is well rested and eager for the kickoff of the second half of the race-18 at the famous Indianapolis Motor Speedway season. “We had little rest during the holidays, one week or more, but now we are ready to leave,” said. “We are very pleased to roll again and watch the new layout and the new surface here at Indy.”
Mark has dominated the MotoGP German month last at Sachsenring, finishing ahead of his compatriot Pedrosa with the former double world champion Jorge Lorenzo in third.
With the victory, the mark 21 years surpassed Mike Hailwood as the youngest driver to win nine consecutive races. Hailwood made in 1964.
Runners will have noticed some improvements at the Indianapolis 500 race track this weekend after critics said last year that it was too bumpy.
“The improvements are quite large,” said Valentino Rossi of Yamaha. “Many bumps seem to have disappeared and the new surface looks a lot better.” Favorite public Nicky Hayden, United States, will run not on Sunday as he is still recovering from wrist surgery.
“You hate to miss your home race,” said Hayden. “The operation went well.”
Meanwhile, Lorenzo 27 years Thursday signed a new two year contract with Yamaha that will keep him at the team until 2016.
“I am very proud to have reached this agreement with Yamaha, because it was always my priority and I want to end my career with them,” said Lorenzo, the champion of the world 2010 and 2012.
This is not a few weeks holiday, nor even a trace of Indianapolis with slight changes and hot, that will disrupt the smooth running of the soldier mark which has continued his mission without batting an eyelid in the USA. Undefeated in 2014, the reigning world champion logically clinched the best time of the first day in Indiana, on a much faster circuit since his record has already improved by the Spanish rider for more than five seconds. Only rider under the 1’33, mark has finally only two-tenths ahead of the future official driver Ducati, Andrea Iannone. Fifth in Germany, Maniac Joe is pleased to see everything as Jorge Lorenzo who, after having renewed his contract with Yamaha, moves into third position at the end of the first day.
The Majorquin ahead of Andrea Dovizioso, Dani Pedrosa, Stefan Bradl, Yonny Hernández, Aleix Espargaró, Valentino Rossi and Bradley Smith, these eight men standing in the less than two-tenths! Mike di Meglio is her 21st then Leon Camier, replacing Nicky Hayden Aspar this weekend to close the market.
The Moto2 category has been dominated by a Dominique Aegerter which seemed reached a milestone with its first win in Germany just before the holidays and ahead of only one hundredth the Kalex of Sandro Cortese. Esteve Rabat was a solid third and above the classification Tom Lüthi, Anthony West and Simone Corsi. Team Pons Maverick Viñales and Luis Salom teammates stand in a handkerchief on 7th and 8th row while Louis Rossi and Johann Zarco follow them in the 19th and 20th place.
Perfectly in Moto3, Isaac Viñales took the measure of the new coating despite two meetings disrupted by raindrops. The Calvo rider came to snatch the fastest time under the flag checkered with 97 thousandths of better than the Honda of Alex Marquez. The Championship leader Jack Miller only 3rd time before the two machines of the Racing Team Germany of Efrén Vázquez and John McPhee. Enea Bastianini concludes the FP2 in 6th place at almost a second of the best brand then that Alexis Masbou appears in 10th place before Romano Fenati and Alex Rins.
1 Marc MARQUEZ Honda 1’32.882
2 Andrea IANNONE Ducati 1’33.104
3 Jorge LORENZO Yamaha 1’33.424
4 Andrea DOVIZIOSO Ducati 1’33.432
5 Dani PEDROSA Honda 1’33.493
6 Stefan BRADL Honda 1’33.513
7 Yonny Hernández Ducati 1’33.531
8 Aleix ESPARGARÓ Forward Yamaha 1’33.587
9 Valentino ROSSI Yamaha 1’33.598
10 Bradley SMITH Yamaha 1’33.621