Marc Marquez belied his lack of Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca circuit knowledge to go fastest in Friday MotoGP practice.
With Laguna the only MotoGP venue that feeder categories Moto2 and Moto3 do not visit, Marquez had not tried the venue until Friday practice. But that did not stop him taking third in the morning, and in practice two he took control halfway through the session. The factory Honda rider ended up on a 1m22.040s, 0.229 second ahead of nearest rival Stefan Bradl on the LCR Honda.
Just 0.077sec covered Bradl, Ducati's Andrea Dovizioso and Valentino Rossi's Yamaha in second to fourth places.
Morning pacesetter Cal Crutchlow was back in fifth this time. The still-recovering Jorge Lorenzo and Dani Pedrosa both completed over 20 laps.
But while Lorenzo got up to sixth place, 0.4s off the pace and within 0.01sec of Crutchlow, Pedrosa was back in 11th position, a second adrift.
Aleix Espargaro remained on top in CRT in seventh overall, ahead of Alvaro Bautista, Nicky Hayden and Bradley Smith's prototype bikes.
The session was delayed by 20 minutes when American wildcard Blake Young had a huge high-side at Turn 5. While Young walked away from the violent tumble, his APR-Kawasaki bounced destructively down the track, dropping fluid in the process and forcing the long stoppage.
Pos Rider Team/Bike Time Gap
1. Marc Marquez Honda 1m22.040s
2. Stefan Bradl LCR Honda 1m22.269s +0.229s
3. Andrea Dovizioso Ducati 1m22.284s +0.244s
4. Valentino Rossi Yamaha 1m22.346s +0.306s
5. Cal Crutchlow Tech 3 Yamaha 1m22.457s +0.417s
6. Jorge Lorenzo Yamaha 1m22.467s +0.427s
7. Aleix Espargaro Aspar Aprilia 1m22.531s +0.491s
8. Alvaro Bautista Gresini Honda 1m22.539s +0.499s
9. Nicky Hayden Ducati 1m22.733s +0.693s
10. Bradley Smith Tech 3 Yamaha 1m22.767s +0.727s
11. Dani Pedrosa Honda 1m23.129s +1.089s
12. Hector Barbera Avintia FTR-Kawasaki 1m23.158s +1.118s
13. Randy de Puniet Aspar Aprilia 1m23.437s +1.397s
14. Alex de Angelis Pramac Ducati 1m23.973s +1.933s
15. Danilo Petrucci Ioda-Suter-BMW 1m24.047s +2.007s
16. Claudio Corti Forward FTR-Kawasaki 1m24.180s +2.140s
17. Colin Edwards Forward FTR-Kawasaki 1m24.410s +2.370s
18. Karel Abraham Cardion Aprilia 1m24.421s +2.381s
19. Hiroshi Aoyama Avintia FTR-Kawasaki 1m24.473s +2.433s
20. Yonny Hernandez PBM Aprilia 1m24.555s +2.515s
21. Michael Laverty PBM-Aprilia 1m24.727s +2.687s
22. Bryan Staring Gresini FTR-Honda 1m25.345s +3.305s
23. Blake Young Attack APR-Kawasaki 1m25.764s +3.724s
24. Lukas Pesek Ioda-Suter-BMW 1m27.173s +5.133s