April 25, 2014 — official release — MotoGP photo — TERMAS DE RIO HONDO, Argentina — MotoGP™ World Champion Marc Marquez was in dominant form on Friday at the Gran Premio Red Bull de la Republica Argentina, setting the overall fastest time in the two practice sessions at the Autódromo Termas de Río Hondo.
As the riders learned their way around the new Termas de Rio Hondo track Marquez demonstrated his ability to go quick at unfamiliar venues once again, recording a 1:39.313 best lap to put him clear of nearest rival Dani Pedrosa.
Aleix Espargaro once again showed his pace and the potential of his ‘Open’ NGM Forward Racing package, placing himself third on the timesheet with a 1:40.566 best effort on the Forward Yamaha. LCR Honda’s Stefan Bradl was fourth, and Andrea Dovizioso (Ducati Team) completed the top five, riding his second bike after the engine on his first machine blew up early in the practice.
Movistar Yamaha’s Jorge Lorenzo led the morning practice session on his Yamaha with a fast lap of 1:42.804. He placed ninth in final practice.
Andrea Iannone (Pramac Racing) walked away from a heavy crash at turn five and returned to the track on his second bike to improve his time. He clocked in tenth overall.