Marc Marquez topped the timesheets in the second session of free practice for the MotoGP class, but it wasn't Marquez' speed which was the talking point of FP2. High temperatures, a greasy track and a mechanical problem with Dani Pedrosa's bike turned FP2 into a crash fest, with a host of riders going down. Valentino Rossi was the first to go at the start of the session, the Movistar Yamaha rider losing the front after smoke started coming from Dani Pedrosa's Honda. Pedrosa followed a second later, his crash and Rossi the result of a fork seal letting go and spilling fork oil onto the carbon brake discs, where the oil caught fire, putting smoke and possibly oil onto the track. The crash put an end to Pedrosa's session, the Spaniard suffering a suspected heel fracture, and being taken off to the Clinica Mobile for further examination.
More riders followed, though not at the last chicane where Pedrosa and Rossi had gone down. As track temperatures rose to well over 50° C, the surface became extremely greasy, riders tumbling in every corner. Andrea Dovizioso, Mike Di Meglio, Bradley Smith, and even Marc Marquez all ended up in the gravel, as tires fought a losing battle with the diminishing grip.
At the end of the session, it was Marquez who was fastest, finishing just ahead of Jorge Lorenzo. Andrea Iannone was 3rd fastest, a third of a second ahead of Valentino Rossi, who had returned unhurt from his crash and continued on his second bike. Pol Espargaro made a big step in the afternoon, moving up to 5th and securing a provisional slot in Q2, while Andrea Dovizioso was 6th.
|18||76||Loris Baz||Yamaha Forward||1'58.678||2.165||0.047|
|22||63||Mike Di Meglio||Ducati||1'59.482||2.969||0.177|
|23||15||Alex De Angelis||ART||1'59.680||3.167||0.198|
|24||71||Claudio Corti||Yamaha Forward||2'00.781||4.268||1.101|