2019 Barcelona MotoGP FP2 Result: Another Feather in Quartararo’s Cap

The few droplets of rain that cut the Moto3 session short left the scene by the time the premier class was unleashed and riders were not particularly cautious to start with. Probably trying to ensure a hot lap on soft rubber in case rain decided to make a comeback, there were plenty of red lights on the timing screens, in addition to Fabio Quartararo riding the gravel and Alex Rins scraping the floor at turn four early on. If the two youngsters shared the early limelight, things looked much different by the end.

Things settled for the middle part of the session with Jack Miller on top, until the final 15 minutes brought Rins out to play on a fresh rear tyre but still a couple hundredths off the FP1 benchmark. It was down to the final handful of minutes to bring the excitement but it did deliver and it was Fabio Quartararo who stole the headlines at the end of Friday. The Frenchman’s final flying lap saw him jump ahead of Andrea Dovizioso by almost three tenths of a second, with another three tenths covering the rest of the top eight. Takaaki Nakagami ended up as lead Honda in third position, with Pol Espargaro having another an excellent afternoon in fourth. Pecco Bagnaia beat Franco Morbidelli and Valentino Rossi in the VR46 Academy battle, while Danilo Petrucci, Cal Crutchlow and Rins completed the top ten in FP2.

Meanwhile, Marc Marquez proved that old habits die hard / practice makes perfect and spent his first handful of laps stalking the factory Ducatis. He then switched focus to a long run on soft rubber before oddly swapping to harder compounds while rivals were going for the time attack. The Spaniard never threatened the top of the timesheets and finished 17th, as the only rider not to improve his FP1 time, but he avoided any major drama and kept ninth spot on the combined standings.

Marquez’s win was Rins’ loss, the Suzuki rider going from the top of the timesheets in FP2 to 11th on the combined standings in a matter of minutes, after a not particularly tidy session. Another victim of the small margins – with 20 riders within one second of the leader – was Maverick Viñales, the Spaniard lingering at the bottom of the top 15 and hoping for a pleasant Saturday morning in Barcelona.

Results:

Pos. Num. Rider Bike Time Gap 1st Prev.
1 20 Fabio QUARTARARO Yamaha 1'40.079    
2 4 Andrea DOVIZIOSO Ducati 1'40.360 0.281 0.281
3 30 Takaaki NAKAGAMI Honda 1'40.381 0.302 0.021
4 44 Pol ESPARGARO KTM 1'40.393 0.314 0.012
5 63 Francesco BAGNAIA Ducati 1'40.471 0.392 0.078
6 21 Franco MORBIDELLI Yamaha 1'40.517 0.438 0.046
7 46 Valentino ROSSI Yamaha 1'40.520 0.441 0.003
8 9 Danilo PETRUCCI Ducati 1'40.599 0.520 0.079
9 35 Cal CRUTCHLOW Honda 1'40.702 0.623 0.103
10 42 Alex RINS Suzuki 1'40.727 0.648 0.025
11 17 Karel ABRAHAM Ducati 1'40.727 0.648  
12 5 Johann ZARCO KTM 1'40.771 0.692 0.044
13 99 Jorge LORENZO Honda 1'40.816 0.737 0.045
14 12 Maverick VIÑALES Yamaha 1'40.847 0.768 0.031
15 41 Aleix ESPARGARO Aprilia 1'40.878 0.799 0.031
16 43 Jack MILLER Ducati 1'40.948 0.869 0.070
17 93 Marc MARQUEZ Honda 1'40.963 0.884 0.015
18 53 Tito RABAT Ducati 1'41.007 0.928 0.044
19 36 Joan MIR Suzuki 1'41.070 0.991 0.063
20 88 Miguel OLIVEIRA KTM 1'41.331 1.252 0.261
21 29 Andrea IANNONE Aprilia 1'41.524 1.445 0.193
22 55 Hafizh SYAHRIN KTM 1'41.527 1.448 0.003
23 50 Sylvain GUINTOLI Suzuki 1'41.987 1.908 0.460
24 38 Bradley SMITH Aprilia 1'42.156 2.077 0.169
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Welcome back Sylvain Guintoli, Bradley Smith & Tito Rabat.

Great afternoon in the sunshine at Catalunya.

Three Yamahas in the top 7. All four Yamahas at the bottom of the speed trap times.

Total votes: 5

Johann Zarco seems to improve a bit.  In FP 1 he was as fast as Pol,  and in FP2 still not great,  but better then Oliveira an Hafiz.

Total votes: 13

Less than three quarters of a second off the pace and J.Z.5 is in 12th place. It's close at the top.

Johann had a crash late in fp2 when he was pushing hard. IF he could put his best sector times together in one lap theoretically he could be quicker. Looking more positive than earlier this year. Good luck to him.

Total votes: 5

Anyone still doubting that Bagnaia has awoken? Or that Iannone is remaining dormant? Pol, the KTM - good work. Nice motor! They have some new stuff, and more coming. Good to see.

I like this track. So flowing. Fast sweepers. Awareness reaches out far. Then stuff like T10 braking battles and inside barges approaching apex. Nice agility flicking chicanery. Run-off that invites exploring the pliable limit. As geeky as it may be to some, running them on a game like Forza gives a better idea of their flow than any cameras provide. Anyone else do that specifically to deepen understanding and appreciation of each track? Onboard race footage for full laps in which you track well where they are is great too. The "Dr, Tornado, Kentucky Kid" Laguna onboard material is the best example I have.

Once per year mention again of a wish list for TV coverage - include the wee track map w a colored dot for where the bike we are viewing is at. And more coverage of battles behind the front. And more lap times. And less looking at people in garages as leaders cross a finish whilst important racing is happening just behind (watching Puig watch Dani? The worst). Yes, Melandri/Hopkins/half these guys have a beautiful partner, and no I don't ever need to see her during a race. Even the post race waving and high fives needs less screen time when paint is being swapped last lap. The mid-pack stuff is brilliant and fierce these days, all the way back to P18 is of huge interest!

Right now the KTM and Suzuki have opposite showing. One Q's strong, one races strong. Will be good to see both of them even that out and expect they are about to.

Rins' off was nothing. Marquez had a moment or two losing his front while stalking the two Red riders who were working on race pace (making it a touch authentic!). Zarco was tucked in with them, orange motor looking good. Lorenzo toyed with Vinales and his old bike a bit. Maverick shaking his head as the Duc marched away from him driving out with the middle gears. Lorenzo confidence is rising.

Pol looked relatively smooth, and hanging WAY way out off the bike getting it turned. The 3rd sector he was BRILLIANT in, fastest of everyone. Latter half of the track the KTM looked great. In the later stage of FP both Factory Ducati riders continued their joint work, joined by BOTH Avintia Ducs as a pack. This looked planned, maybe a response to being harried by Marquez from behind. Quartararo looks so smooth and relaxed! Easy mid 141's, and just 2 really fast laps (which looked steady). His riding style? Gorgeous. And well suited for the Yamaha/Suzuki.

Noting closely the words and facial expression of Valentino of late. He is still signaling some shift about how "shocked" things are for him. Very big deal what he experienced last round. This is an important weekend for his decisions for the future, and we are getting closer to Summer Break when much "step back and" planning occurs. Even his go ahead w MotoX is data there. He has enjoyment of racing on decline while engagement with his next (also important) era is arising. They will converge. He isn't just retiring like "normal" racers do. This will be a first. And a good one. A Italian Academy and Yamaha program enrichment await. Plus surprises of rock star size. No fishing. More like loaves and fishes. Plus something like a Superprestigio, a Colin's Camp, a yellow and blue Ducati Week Island thing, a big name music artist, umbrella girls, the biggest and best hospitality center ever seen, a new permanent facility homing the center of Italian motorcycle racing, and pizza.

Heading out in the campervan deep into forest on a lake now, will watch Mon but think about it while paddling etc.

I think it is AD04's turn for an anthem. Lorenzo is likely to make a step forward this weekend. Good luck Dovi, Quartararo, Rins, Pol and Bagnaia - and Yamaha - gas!

Total votes: 15

MS, I agree, a live track map in a corner of the video feed would be great.

I am very visually oriented, understanding things much better with graphs, architectural elevations, etc., so perhaps I have a bias, but I also would appreciate a small track map in David's race previews. Cycle News (U.S.) did this for a while in their road race reports, I loved it. Seeing where the racers are on the track and what is coming next from a helicopter perspective would add value, to me anyway.

Despite having been to Mugello (2017, the greatest racing event I have ever attended), I still haven't memorized all the names of the corners, so I had to keep looking up where they were when reading the round-up. And I was born in Rome... 

Maybe I just need to attend every race!

Total votes: 4

but your chrystal ball needs a bit of polishing methinks!  Sorry mate, couldn't resist.

Bagnaia?  not sure what you were seeing in him beforehand with only 2 finishes prior to this round and now another DNF.  With the drama's in front all he had to do was keep his nose clean....it's just not smart.

I'm not sure why everyone keeps talking about Rossi moving into a mangement role.  has he ever made noises himself?  What he is doing in the background is great for the Italian youngesters, and quite selfless, but he just doesn't strike me as the corporate type.

I hope you enjoyed the lake, but it might have been better saved for next week, the championship is done, dusted and put to bed now.

 

Total votes: 2

Why does the first data page only show 9 riders when by MotoGP's own format it's the top 10 that's all important?

Also, how about squeezing the MotoGP logo over and show all 23 or 24 riders ?

Sattelite Yams ahead of factory again...

Total votes: 7