With rain setting camp at turn 3 before the start of the session but leaving the rest of the circuit as dry as Honda’s trophy cabinet this season, it was a slow start for the premier class. A few tentative laps were run in the early part of FP2, but most riders were sat comfortably in the garage, waiting for sunshine to make a comeback and dry the soaking top part of the circuit.
Only Miguel Oliveira set a time at the start of session until Aleix Espargaro had some fun on rain tyres but that was the only action until the final ten minutes, when track conditions improved enough for most people to venture out for a short run on slicks. Jack Miller was fastest after the handful of laps, seven tenths of a second ahead of Iker Lecuona and with Miguel Oliveira and Alex Rins the only other men within a second of the leader. Johann Zarco completed the top five, with Joan Mir, Alex Marquez, Maverick Vinales, Valentino Rossi and Stefan Bradl filling up the rest of the top ten.
Regardless, the times were nowhere near challenging the hierarchy from the morning session and it made no impression on the provisional line-up for Q2, with the likes of Fabio Quartararo, Franco Morbidelli and Andrea Dovizioso safely in there, unlike the factory Yamaha machines.