Takaaki Nakagami took another step towards that illusory first win by starting the session on top, yet finished with a front end crash in the final few minutes of FP2. The Japanese rider had already been dethroned by Thomas Luthi, the Swiss going four tenths faster than this morning’s pace, followed by Sam Lowes in a consistent third.
It was a more optimistic session for the Marc VDS team, at least in terms of pace, with Alex Marquez and Franco Morbidelli placed as high as fourth and fifth, before Marquez took a stroll through the gravel with half his bike under his arm after a rather spectacular crash with fifteen minutes to go.
Johann Zarco may have pulled an impressive wheelie in the final chicane but only finished sixth, failing to improve on his FP1 time. Title rival Alex Rins was left with quite a lot to do after an early crash six minutes into the session, rejoining the party with eight minutes to go, after some stupendous work from his crew. He managed to get some final laps in, his best time placing him into ninth, half a second from the leader.
|11||24||Simone CORSI||Speed Up||1'38.760||0.798||0.082|
|17||60||Julian SIMON||Speed Up||1'39.235||1.273||0.252|
|23||19||Xavier SIMEON||Speed Up||1'39.664||1.702||0.100|
|24||97||Xavi VIERGE||Tech 3||1'39.950||1.988||0.286|
|27||32||Isaac VIÑALES||Tech 3||1'41.779||3.817||0.837|