2015 Mugello MotoGP FP2 Result: Dovizioso Leads The Pack

Andrea Dovizioso set a late fast lap with two minutes remaining in the session to take the top FP2 time Friday at the MotoGP contest in Mugello, Italy. Dovizioso's 1’47.479 left him more than one-tenth of a second ahead of second-fastest Marc Marquez. Jorge Lorenzo grabbed third, three-tenths back of the leader. But Lorenzo, a previous winner here, set a consistently fast pace for the entire session. 

Andrea Iannone took the other factory Ducati to fourth with Bradley Smith (5th) right behind him. Cal Crutchlow (6th) finished the session a full six-tenths back.

And where was Valentino Rossi, the championship leader who is riding at a his favorite track? Rossi had been running consistently within the top five but ran off track at turn one late in the session leaving him in ninth place, more than seven-tenths back.   

The weather is expected to continue to be clear and warm for Saturday's practice.


Pos. No. Rider Bike Time Diff. / Prev.
1 4 Andrea DOVIZIOSO Ducati 1'47.479  
2 93 Marc MARQUEZ Honda 1'47.643 0.164 / 0.164
3 99 Jorge LORENZO Yamaha 1'47.852 0.373 / 0.209
4 29 Andrea IANNONE Ducati 1'47.994 0.515 / 0.142
5 38 Bradley SMITH Yamaha 1'48.038 0.559 / 0.044
6 35 Cal CRUTCHLOW Honda 1'48.124 0.645 / 0.086
7 41 Aleix ESPARGARO Suzuki 1'48.137 0.658 / 0.013
8 45 Scott REDDING Honda 1'48.164 0.685 / 0.027
9 46 Valentino ROSSI Yamaha 1'48.211 0.732 / 0.047
10 44 Pol ESPARGARO Yamaha 1'48.283 0.804 / 0.072
11 51 Michele PIRRO Ducati 1'48.317 0.838 / 0.034
12 9 Danilo PETRUCCI Ducati 1'48.419 0.940 / 0.102
13 26 Dani PEDROSA Honda 1'48.435 0.956 / 0.016
14 68 Yonny HERNANDEZ Ducati 1'48.483 1.004 / 0.048
15 25 Maverick VIÑALES Suzuki 1'48.493 1.014 / 0.010
16 6 Stefan BRADL Yamaha Forward 1'48.694 1.215 / 0.201
17 17 Karel ABRAHAM Honda 1'48.851 1.372 / 0.157
18 8 Hector BARBERA Ducati 1'48.926 1.447 / 0.075
19 43 Jack MILLER Honda 1'49.030 1.551 / 0.104
20 63 Mike DI MEGLIO Ducati 1'49.729 2.250 / 0.699
21 19 Alvaro BAUTISTA Aprilia 1'49.741 2.262 / 0.012
22 76 Loris BAZ Yamaha Forward 1'49.825 2.346 / 0.084
23 50 Eugene LAVERTY Honda 1'49.864 2.385 / 0.039
24 69 Nicky HAYDEN Honda 1'49.866 2.387 / 0.002
25 15 Alex DE ANGELIS ART 1'50.477 2.998 / 0.611
26 33 Marco MELANDRI Aprilia 1'51.800 4.321 / 1.323
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Looks like Dovi / Lorenzo / Marquez...Rossi is losing a hilarious 0.4 seconds (!!!) in sector 4 alone. Lorenzo loses a tenth, which is probably horsepower related as he is fast elsewhere.

I see Rossi is also dog-slow in sectors 1 and 3, losing 0.3 between them. In sector 2 he is competitive.

Either he is in deep trouble or he is building a data set across a bunch of weird settings because the man's times are sllllow.

It does look like Dovi has plenty for Lorenzo and Marquez up front though - that practice session paid at least early dividends. If the medium can last the race we might see Ducati / Audi for a well-deserved win.

Rossi was 0.2s off the fastest time until the last 15 minutes.

This is when everyone went out on Medium tyres and posted a faster time at the end, that is when Rossi chose to see what the Hard Front/Hard Rear combo was working like. I think he is just on his own agenda and not partaking in the last 10 minute shenanigans of pressing for the fastest lap.

But if you want to use the 2nd practise session for meaningful information regarding lap time, don't let me stop you!

No VR46 fan here, not in the least ...... but I basically don't pay attention to Rossi's FP times any more. That man and his team pull the rabbit out of the hat every freaking Sunday lol.

I've come to the conclusion that his qualifying doesn't mean a thing as well. If he looks slow = podium, if he looks fast = poss win.

Who knows why his qualifying times are so poor.

Set up a bike "perfectly" and that perfect setup is gone as soon as the tires wear or the temperature changes or the fuel load goes down. VR knows one lap doesn't win a race so he doesn't waste energy fretting over qualifying times or even trying to get the best of starts. He finds a setup that will work over race distance and changing conditions then makes the best of it. Putting his efforts where they really pay off probably plays a big part in why he has won so many championships and why his career has lasted so long.

George is on target for win #3 circa 2015. I hope Dovi can upset the apple cart come Sunday. HRC, well, its clearly up to Marc.
Who would have thought he would have had to fill Stoner's boots at HRC given HRC kit.
Marc Marquez is stuck in the same time warp as Stoner 2 titles down the road. Right now the bloke is riding the Honda like Stoner rode the pipe frame Ducati. Because he has to.
Even this jaundiced eye will not count Rossi out. The bloke has got the bit between the teeth and a half decent front/2nd row start and a good launch will see most buggered over race distance.
On the other hand Rossi is for sure focused on a 10th title. 2nd, 3rd to retain the points standing Mugello....Not his game.
But I would like to see Ducati top step on Sunday. The game needs it, so does Dovi to get that 1st dry race GP win monkey off his back.

My father-in-law immigrated to the United States from the Philippines where he went by Jose Tadeo. Here he goes by Ted. Go figure.
So, my .02, is your comment is rude and pointless.

The TV director????

Again seriously do we need to see Jorge in his pit box time and time again? Or Jorge exiting the pits? Or Jorge's mechanic pushing his bike in? Or even the rear on-board shot from Jorge's bike whilst in the pits?
And then cut between Jorge and Marc for the majority of the coverage!!!

It's getting seriously frustrating watching this coverage, we need another director.

15 bikes within 1 second on a nearly 2 minute lap.

I don't care if their on different agendas that's a nice thing to see to open the weekend.