2016 Qatar MotoGP FP2 Result: Iannone Holds Off Marquez and Redding

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.

Results:

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

 

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I really enjoy seeing the resurgence of Redding after suffering on the Honda. Redding hasn't been on a competitive package for 2 years... does that impact his ability to remain focused for 20+ laps in the race on Sunday? ...or is it like riding a bike? :)