2016 Mugello MotoGP FP2 Result: Iannone Takes Command

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.


Pos No. Rider Bike Time Diff Diff Previous
1 29 Andrea Iannone Ducati 1'47.696    
2 99 Jorge Lorenzo Yamaha 1'48.157 0.461 0.461
3 51 Michele Pirro Ducati 1'48.245 0.549 0.088
4 41 Aleix Espargaro Suzuki 1'48.270 0.574 0.025
5 93 Marc Marquez Honda 1'48.290 0.594 0.020
6 46 Valentino Rossi Yamaha 1'48.340 0.644 0.050
7 25 Maverick Viñales Suzuki 1'48.345 0.649 0.005
8 45 Scott Redding Ducati 1'48.406 0.710 0.061
9 35 Cal Crutchlow Honda 1'48.458 0.762 0.052
10 44 Pol Espargaro Yamaha 1'48.470 0.774 0.012
11 26 Dani Pedrosa Honda 1'48.713 1.017 0.243
12 9 Danilo Petrucci Ducati 1'48.752 1.056 0.039
13 4 Andrea Dovizioso Ducati 1'48.816 1.120 0.064
14 68 Yonny Hernandez Ducati 1'48.832 1.136 0.016
15 38 Bradley Smith Yamaha 1'49.199 1.503 0.367
16 8 Hector Barbera Ducati 1'49.234 1.538 0.035
17 53 Tito Rabat Honda 1'49.648 1.952 0.414
18 43 Jack Miller Honda 1'49.698 2.002 0.050
19 50 Eugene Laverty Ducati 1'49.852 2.156 0.154
20 19 Alvaro Bautista Aprilia 1'49.913 2.217 0.061
21 6 Stefan Bradl Aprilia 1'50.368 2.672 0.455
22 76 Loris Baz Ducati 1'51.055 3.359 0.687


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...before he posted that fast lap. 2 laps in the 1:48, 2 in the 1:49, 1 in 1:51, 1 in 1:52.

Contrast to Lorenzo, who posted 7 laps in the 1:48 and 1 in 1:49.

Smart money remains on Lorenzo.

I'm looking for that kid to get Ducati's first win since CS. Poetic justice...

I wish Iannone well and it would be cool if he put Ducati on the top of the podium, but why would that be poetic justice?  Because he lost his job (or declined their offer, depending on who you believe) after failing to make it to the finish line in most of the 1st 1/4 of the season, and taking a teammate and himself out of guaranteed podium spots in one race in particular?

It's tough to keep your job in a top professional sport at the best of times.  These have not been the best if times for Iannone, in large part due to his own actions.  Frankly I think the justice was in Dovi keeping the remaining Ducati ride.

..... an Italian rider...... On an Italian motorbike...... at the Italian grand Prix.

Nothing else matters.


Free Practice 2 times show Jorge in the low to mid 1.48s. He was able to pull this off for six laps. Crazy Joe had two laps in the mid 1.48s, and his one lap in mid 1.47.

Rossi was running high 1.48s to low 1.49's. Pirro and Marc are close behind Rossi FP2 best laps.

Another weekend where eveybody is stuggling to match Jorges consistant pace.