Dani Pedrosa set the second fastest time at the end of a sunny opening day of the Spanish Grand Prix, just 28 thousandths of a second off provisional pole-setter and fellow HRC rider Cal Crutchlow. Dani greatly improved his speed and pace from the morning FP1 session, which he had finished in 14th position.

After setting the second fastest time in the morning, on used tyres, reigning World Champion Marc Marquez wrapped up the day in fifth place, just over two tenths from the top. A small slip-off at turn 6 in the final stages of the afternoon session did not prevent him from completing a good day of work on his race pace.

Fair weather conditions are also expected tomorrow, when the FP3 session will start at 9:55 a.m. local time.

Dani Pedrosa

2nd 1'38.642

“This morning I started a bit slowly to test the condition of my hand, and from there I went, step by step, improving over the day, especially in the second session, when I was able to push a bit more. The positive aspect is that I felt better than at the last race, though I’m not yet 100% fit. I have more range of motion, and that allows me to move on the bike better in order to adopt a better position in the corners. What I still lack is full strength, and that still causes me to struggle and prevents me from riding exactly as I wish. Anyway, we did a good FP2 session and we know where we can improve further. I hope we’ll be able to do that tomorrow.”

Marc Marquez

5th 1'38.863

“I’m generally happy with my first day here at Jerez because I think we did good work. We did a lot of laps on used tyres, and that’s important in view of the race. I had a small crash in the end with a front tyre that already had 27 laps on it, but it was mainly my mistake because I just braked too late into the corner. It seems that the Hondas are strong here, especially Dani, so we’ll see if we can get closer. It will be interesting to see how the tyres react to the higher temperature that’s expected tomorrow. Hopefully we’ll be able to keep a good pace and continue our direction of work, which I think is the correct one. This track is usually a bit challenging for me, but this year I feel good on the bike and am ready to fight for the podium and even the victory.”

MotoGP 2018
Practice Round 4   Spain

Free Practice 2 (Combined)

Sunny
Humidity
66%
Track Temp
34°C
Air Temp
21°C
Pos. Rider Num Nation Team Constructor Time/Gap
1 Crutchlow Cal 35 GBR LCR Honda Honda 1'38.614
2 Pedrosa Dani 26 SPA Repsol Honda Team Honda 0.028
3 Zarco Johann 5 FRA Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Yamaha 0.091
4 Iannone Andrea 29 ITA Team Suzuki Ecstar Suzuki 0.095
5 Marquez Marc 93 SPA Repsol Honda Team Honda 0.249
6 Dovizioso Andrea 4 ITA Ducati Team Ducati 0.454
7 Lorenzo Jorge 99 SPA Ducati Team Ducati 0.462
8 Miller Jack 43 AUS Alma Pramac Racing Ducati 0.488
9 Rossi Valentino 46 ITA Movistar Yamaha MotoGP Yamaha 0.634
10 Vinales Maverick 25 SPA Movistar Yamaha MotoGP Yamaha 0.900
11 Espargaro Pol 44 SPA Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM 0.927
12 Abraham Karel 17 CZE Angel Nieto Team Ducati 0.927
13 Rins Alex 42 SPA Team Suzuki Ecstar Suzuki 0.961
14 Kallio Mika 36 FIN Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM 1.047
15 Nakagami Takaaki 30 JPN LCR Honda Honda 1.080
16 Petrucci Danilo 9 ITA Alma Pramac Racing Ducati 1.109
17 Rabat Tito 53 SPA Reale Avintia Racing Ducati 1.274
18 Smith Bradley 38 GBR Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM 1.334
19 Morbidelli Franco 21 ITA EG 0,0 Marc VDS Honda 1.337
20 Bautista Alvaro 19 SPA Angel Nieto Team Ducati 1.355
21 Espargaro Aleix 41 SPA Aprilia Racing Team Gresini Aprilia 1.389
22 Luthi Tom 12 SWI EG 0,0 Marc VDS Honda 1.627
23 Syahrin Hafizh 55 MAL Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Yamaha 1.874
24 Redding Scott 45 GBR Aprilia Racing Team Gresini Aprilia 1.922
25 Simeon Xavier 10 BEL Reale Avintia Racing Ducati 2.049
Location Information

Built in 1986 and hosting its first Grand Prix one year later, the circuit of Jerez is now one of the most popular MotoGP venues and the focal point for a city fanatical about sport. Set in a slight valley in the south of Spain, Jerez is blessed with consistently… read more.

Length 4.423 kilometres / 2.748 miles
Width 11 metres
Left corners 5
Right corners 8
Longest straight 0.607 kilometres / 0.377 miles
Constructed 1986
Modified 2002
Resurfacing Complete resurfacing before 2018 round

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Records

Pole Position 1m37.653s (163.0km/h) Cal Crutchlow (Honda, 2018)
Race Lap 1m 38.735s (161.2km/h) Jorge Lorenzo (Yamaha, 2015)
Race Time 41m39.678s (159.300km/h) Marc Marquez (Honda, 2018)
2018 Race Winner Marc Marquez (Honda)