A hot slippery surface greeted the premier class on their return to action in Brno and it made for some lively footage throughout FP2 but the outcome was a familiar one, namely Fabio Quartararo stealing the limelight from teammate Franco Morbidelli. The Frenchman shook his fists in anger every now and again but still ended the day seven thousandths of a second faster than the rest and with excellent race pace. Morbidelli briefly led the way before getting demoted but maintained second ahead of top KTM rider Miguel Oliveira.
Johann Zarco also showed his speed in the final time attack to climb into fourth as the top Ducati, while Maverick Vinales rounded out the top five, only a tenth and a half slower than the Petronas machines. Joan Mir was the early leader of the practice session but could not improve much more and dropped to sixth, ahead of the Espargaro family, Aleix leading Pol in a rather rare sight. FP1 leader Takaaki Nakagami could not quite replicate that achievement but secured a provisional top ten together with Jack Miller.
Despite being only seven tenths of a second off the leader, exceptional rookie Brad Binder missed out on top ten positions and will aim to snatch a direct Q2 ticket on Saturday morning, but the likes of Valentino Rossi, Alex Rins, Danilo Petrucci and Andrea Dovizioso will most likely have something to say about that. Unfortunately, one man who does not get a say is Pecco Bagnaia, the Italian missing FP2 while undergoing medical checks after a fast crash in FP1 and is likely to miss the rest of the weekend in Brno with a knee injury.