Andrea Iannone has laid down a real marker in the second session of free practice for the MotoGP class. With the first session a washout, FP2 turned into a battle for Q2, with rider after riding punching in fast laps at the end. The top was very close until the last minute or so, with the top five separate by just five hundredths of a second at one point. As the clock ticked down, Jorge Lorenzo took an early lead, before having his time obliterated by Iannone.
The factory Ducati rider ended the session with nearly half a second of advantage over Lorenzo, the Movistar Yamaha rider demoted to second. Michele Pirro had used Lorenzo as a target to improve his time, getting up into third on the wildcard Ducati. Aleix Espargaro pulled out a quick lap in the last few minutes to move up into fourth, and ahead of his teammate.
Valentino Rossi also secured a provisional place in FP2 with a late lap, after surfing the cusp of tenth spot. A late surge put him up into fifth, only to be demoted to sixth by Aleix Espargaro. Maverick Vinales ended the day in seventh, ahead of Scott Redding and Cal Crutchlow. Pol Espargaro snagged the final provisional spot in Q2 by taking tenth, just over three quarters of a second behind Iannone.