Dani Pedrosa has topped the second session of free practice for the MotoGP class at Honda. The Repsol Honda rider was fast for much of the session, then set a very quick lap at the end of the session once the battle for Q2 commenced. Marc Marquez ended the session in 2nd, but he did so by setting a very quick lap early, despite having a major moment on a previous lap. Marquez is still visibly struggling to get the bike stopped, his Honda RC213V still sliding wildly and running wide into the first corner.
Valentino Rossi looked to have the strongest race pace, leading the session early and maintaining a strong pace. He ended in 3rd, ahead of Andrea Iannone and Cal Crutchlow, both of whom posted fast laps at the end of the session to secure their spots in Q2. Jorge Lorenzo concentrated on race pace, ending the session in 6th but never showing the dominant pace he has in previous races, while Andrea Dovizioso put the second Ducati into 7th.
Aleix Espargaro ended the session in 8th, the Suzuki rider quicker on race pace than a single lap. Danilo Petrucci was the impressive filling in a Suzuki sandwich, the Pramac Ducati rider ending in 9th, just ahead of Maverick Viñales on the other Suzuki.
Both Tech 3 riders and Scott Redding all missed out on Q2, which will be a worry. Though the weather forecast keeps changing throughout the day, there are no guarantees that it will be dry tomorrow morning, with the possibility that all three of them will be forced to go through Q1.
|15||6||Stefan Bradl||Yamaha Forward||1'34.664||1.214||0.021|
|16||76||Loris Baz||Yamaha Forward||1'34.897||1.447||0.233|
|22||63||Mike Di Meglio||Ducati||1'35.663||2.213||0.017|
|23||15||Alex De Angelis||ART||1'36.869||3.419||1.206|