The second session of free practice for the MotoGP class saw a shuffling of the order from Thursday. Where yesterday, the Yamahas had ruled the roost, on Friday it was the turn of Ducati to lay down the law.
Andrea Iannone topped the timesheets, setting a time early in the session that was faster than anyone could match. Marc Marquez took the second spot, the electronics issues from Thursday seemingly fixed, while Scott Redding also had a much stronger session in FP2, leaping up to third and challlenging for top spot. Maverick Viñales put the Suzuki into fourth, the GSX-RR a consistently fast machine, just edging out Andrea Dovizioso on the second factory Ducati.
Dani Pedrosa also had a better day on Friday, grabbing sixth in FP2 on the Repsol Honda, and finishing a tenth ahead of Valentino Rossi, the first of the Yamaha riders. Both Rossi in seventh and Jorge Lorenzo in ninth spent most of the session testing tires, concentrating less on a fast lap, confident that they will both make it into Q2. Two more Ducatis complete the top 10, Hector Barbera strong in eighth, while Danilo Petrucci put in a heroic performance on the Pramac Ducati to take tenth, with a grand total of twelve screws in his right hand holding three broken bones together.
There were a few crashes in FP2, all from losing the front in fast corners. Cal Crutchlow crashed in Turn 16, and walked away unhurt, while Loris Baz fell heavily at Turn 14, and came up limping slightly after banging his ankle. Valentino Rossi also lost the front, but managed to save it quite spectacularly, as this clip from the MotoGP Twitter feed shows.
There is one more session of practice this evening for the MotoGP class, before qualifying starts tomorrow.
|1||29||Andrea IANNONE||ITA||Ducati Team||Ducati||348.0||1'55.388|
|2||93||Marc MARQUEZ||SPA||Repsol Honda Team||Honda||333.7||1'55.401||0.013 / 0.013|
|3||45||Scott REDDING||GBR||OCTO Pramac Yakhnich||Ducati||337.9||1'55.511||0.123 / 0.110|
|4||25||Maverick VIÑALES||SPA||Team SUZUKI ECSTAR||Suzuki||336.3||1'55.644||0.256 / 0.133|
|5||4||Andrea DOVIZIOSO||ITA||Ducati Team||Ducati||345.2||1'55.721||0.333 / 0.077|
|6||26||Dani PEDROSA||SPA||Repsol Honda Team||Honda||337.5||1'55.764||0.376 / 0.043|
|7||46||Valentino ROSSI||ITA||Movistar Yamaha MotoGP||Yamaha||335.2||1'55.883||0.495 / 0.119|
|8||8||Hector BARBERA||SPA||Avintia Racing||Ducati||341.0||1'55.919||0.531 / 0.036|
|9||99||Jorge LORENZO||SPA||Movistar Yamaha MotoGP||Yamaha||334.9||1'55.934||0.546 / 0.015|
|10||9||Danilo PETRUCCI||ITA||OCTO Pramac Yakhnich||Ducati||336.5||1'56.258||0.870 / 0.324|
|11||41||Aleix ESPARGARO||SPA||Team SUZUKI ECSTAR||Suzuki||330.6||1'56.293||0.905 / 0.035|
|12||44||Pol ESPARGARO||SPA||Monster Yamaha Tech 3||Yamaha||334.6||1'56.324||0.936 / 0.031|
|13||35||Cal CRUTCHLOW||GBR||LCR Honda||Honda||333.6||1'56.489||1.101 / 0.165|
|14||68||Yonny HERNANDEZ||COL||Aspar Team MotoGP||Ducati||337.7||1'56.558||1.170 / 0.069|
|15||76||Loris BAZ||FRA||Avintia Racing||Ducati||331.0||1'56.623||1.235 / 0.065|
|16||38||Bradley SMITH||GBR||Monster Yamaha Tech 3||Yamaha||334.1||1'56.728||1.340 / 0.105|
|17||43||Jack MILLER||AUS||Estrella Galicia 0,0 Marc VDS||Honda||334.5||1'56.900||1.512 / 0.172|
|18||19||Alvaro BAUTISTA||SPA||Aprilia Racing Team Gresini||Aprilia||330.6||1'57.012||1.624 / 0.112|
|19||53||Tito RABAT||SPA||Estrella Galicia 0,0 Marc VDS||Honda||332.5||1'57.429||2.041 / 0.417|
|20||6||Stefan BRADL||GER||Aprilia Racing Team Gresini||Aprilia||331.4||1'57.541||2.153 / 0.112|
|21||50||Eugene LAVERTY||IRL||Aspar Team MotoGP||Ducati||337.0||1'57.722||2.334 / 0.181|