Both the track and the action was getting hotter for the second practice dance of the premier class and it meant going one step harder on tyres, most riders favouring the medium front – hard rear combination for their long runs. The exception, as always, was Marc Marquez. But it wasn’t the Honda man who finished the day as the fastest man in MotoGP, it was the Yamahas of Maverick Viñales and Fabio Quartararo who swapped their FP1 places to have the Spaniard lead the way after the FP2 shootout. Danilo Petrucci in third ensured that the top three configuration remained the same as in the morning session, the Italian finishing three tenths of a second off the lead.
Andrea Dovizioso showed up to the party early in FP2, after a morning dedicated to some chassis sampling and led the way after the first run. The Ducati man dropped down to fourth in the final time attack, over half a second slower than Viñales and narrowly ahead of Alex Rins. Andrea Iannone was a surprising presence in sixth, the Italian even putting his Aprilia at the top of the timesheets briefly, before levelling things out with a late crash. Meanwhile, Marquez revered to old tactics and skipped the time attack in favour for some long runs on used medium tyres, which dropped him to a safe seventh position. Joan Mir, Valentino Rossi and Cal Crutchlow completed the top ten, with the Honda man a full second slower than the leader.
Another piece of news from the Honda garage was that Jorge Lorenzo was declared unfit for the race following his heavy FP1 crash and will be heading to Barcelona for further checks and treatment.