2017 Argentina MotoGP FP2 Result: Viñales Quickest In Charge For Q2

Maverick Viñales has once again topped the timesheets in the MotoGP class in Argentina, putting in a late charge to open a gap of three tenths over the rest of the field. Marc Marquez sits in second, while Karel Abraham once again showed strong pace to set the third quickest time.

With dry weather and high temperatures, the riders spent the first half of the session chasing race setup, a lot of riders spending a lot of time on the hard rear tire. But with rain threatening for Saturday, the last ten minutesof FP2 turned into a full-on shootout for a place in Q2, riders all chasing a single hot lap. That shootout saw big winners, and big losers.

Viñales and Marquez were the biggest winners, but given their consistent pace, this should be no surprise. Marquez had led for most of the session, with Viñales some way behind, but once the Movistar Yamaha rider put in a soft rear, he quickly gapped the Repsol Honda. 

The Aspar team were big winners, Karel Abraham taking third ahead of teammate Alvaro Bautista, though Abraham had used Bautista as a tow. Danilo Petrucci put the Pramac Ducati into fifth, and with Loris Baz on the Avintia GP15, that made it four Ducatis in the top six.

Cal Crutchlow took seventh on the LCR Honda, ahead of Jonas Folger on the Monster Tech 3 Yamaha. Aleix Espargaro was ninth on the factory Aprilia, finishing just ahead of Andrea Iannone on the Suzuki GSX-RR. If it rains tomorrow morning, that will be the ten riders who go through automatically to Q2.

The closeness of that middle section of the field made it tough on a lot of riders, and especially some big names. The gap from Loris Baz in sixth to Jorge Lorenzo in eighteenth is less than half a second. Lorenzo was not the only big name to miss out on Q2: Dani Pedrosa ended the session in thirteenth, after having small off in the middle of FP2. Andrea Dovizioso was fourteenth, nine tenths off the pace of Viñales. Valentino Rossi was sixteenth, over a second slower than his teammate, and held up a couple of times by other riders after misjudging his exit in pursuit of a fast lap.

Rossi, Dovizioso, Pedrosa, Lorenzo and the rest will be hoping it is dry on Saturday morning, to give themselves one more shot at Q2. But the forecast is not looking good: rain is expected tomorrow morning, though when it starts is still uncertain. The riders stuck in Q1 will be hoping it holds off until the end of FP3.


Pos No. Rider Bike Time Diff Prev
1 25 Maverick Viñales Yamaha 1'39.477    
2 93 Marc Marquez Honda 1'39.778 0.301 0.301
3 17 Karel Abraham Ducati 1'39.880 0.403 0.102
4 19 Alvaro Bautista Ducati 1'39.922 0.445 0.042
5 9 Danilo Petrucci Ducati 1'39.960 0.483 0.038
6 76 Loris Baz Ducati 1'40.120 0.643 0.160
7 35 Cal Crutchlow Honda 1'40.124 0.647 0.004
8 94 Jonas Folger Yamaha 1'40.157 0.680 0.033
9 41 Aleix Espargaro Aprilia 1'40.175 0.698 0.018
10 29 Andrea Iannone Suzuki 1'40.250 0.773 0.075
11 45 Scott Redding Ducati 1'40.338 0.861 0.088
12 5 Johann Zarco Yamaha 1'40.340 0.863 0.002
13 26 Dani Pedrosa Honda 1'40.345 0.868 0.005
14 4 Andrea Dovizioso Ducati 1'40.399 0.922 0.054
15 8 Hector Barbera Ducati 1'40.431 0.954 0.032
16 46 Valentino Rossi Yamaha 1'40.531 1.054 0.100
17 43 Jack Miller Honda 1'40.588 1.111 0.057
18 99 Jorge Lorenzo Ducati 1'40.599 1.122 0.011
19 53 Tito Rabat Honda 1'40.908 1.431 0.309
20 42 Alex Rins Suzuki 1'41.083 1.606 0.175
21 44 Pol Espargaro KTM 1'41.632 2.155 0.549
22 38 Bradley Smith KTM 1'42.074 2.597 0.442
23 22 Sam Lowes Aprilia 1'42.179 2.702 0.105


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Ok the two fastest riders in the class 1st & 2nd that makes sense to me.

Karel Abraham third quickest, its not contract renewal time yet, Karel has found his Mojo, MotoMojo.

But both Gp17s missed the cut for qualifying? so the rider must be more important than the bike.

I assume that the racers who are used to the bike moving around a bit can be comfortable at this track. Not JackAssen

That don't help JLo99 come to grips with his ducati or Dovi judging by the times, so Jorge will be starting in the middle of the grid somewhere. I am not expecting 99 to carve his way thru the field like MM93 starting from the back of the grid.

Ducati must be having some issues, regrets from last years debacle, wondering how long until their masive investment in Lorenzo begins to pay off, if ever. why are the older bikes doing better times than this years supposedly much better bike ?

And the Maniac who got the sack is beating both Ducati factory riders on a Suzuki. how do ya spell schadenfruede?

Oh yes Schadenfreude Interesting times

Well I suppose that the older Ducatis have two or maybe three years of data to get a base setting for their bike compared to the brand new GP17 having had only a few outings.

That combined with the tyre characteristics of the Michelin seeming to suit the older Ducatis and those ones used to do well in low grip situations.

It appears Rossi is suffering more than expected from the new spec tyre construction. This is similar to Lorenzo and Pedrosa's woes from years past. It looks like its going to be a very long season for Rossifumi.

It's good to see Folger and Zarco at the pointy end.

Here's to another shot at Vinales v Marquez duel.

It's just two practice runs on a green track. Come tomorrow, where I predict it will not rain, the starting grid will look quite a bit different than it does at the moment. It's still fun to watch practice on MotoGp though. Just my two cents from the peanut gallery.

Given the work that factories (new and old) are doing to dial in the 2017 machines, it makes sense that the riders on the well sorted 2016 (2015 for Baz right?) machines are able to make hay in the early part of this season.  I love to see the names mixed up in the top 10, though I'm certainly sad to see Rossi so far off.  Abraham was quite the surprise though!