2016 Spielberg MotoGP FP2 Result: Ducati Rise To Expectations

As the top class took to the slightly warmer track compared to the morning session, it didn’t take long for the Ducatis to beat the first practice time by over two seconds, Andrea Dovizioso on top, followed closely by his fellow Andrea who still shares his garage. Both Italians set a string of fast 1:24s, no one able to match their rhythm.

Times dropped in the final few minutes of mock-up qualifying session, with FP1 leader Maverick Viñales finishing almost nine tenths away from the leader, showing once again how strong Ducati were in the afternoon session. The Spaniard had Valentino Rossi breathing down his neck, metaphorically, the Italian a hundredth of a second away in fourth position.

Fifth place went to the top Honda, that being – surprisingly perhaps – Cal Crutchlow, the Brit over a second off Dovizioso’s time. He was closely followed by Danilo Petrucci and Hector Barbera. Together with Pirro in ninth, that made five Ducati bikes in the top ten.

Few were less excited by those fifteen degrees in temperature than Jorge Lorenzo and his front end confidence issues but the world champion made some decent progress to climb into eighth position, setting an identical time as Ducati’s wildcard rider.

The last intruder in the top ten Ducati party was championship leader Marc Marquez, who failed to improve on the time he set early into the session and finished in tenth, almost a second and a half off Iannone’s time but without fitting new tyres towards the end. Teammate Dani Pedrosa endured a dreadful session after the morning crash, ending up in nineteenth position.

Results:

Pos. Num. Rider Bike Time Gap 1st Prev.
1 4 Andrea DOVIZIOSO Ducati 1'23.617    
2 29 Andrea IANNONE Ducati 1'23.855 0.238 0.238
3 25 Maverick VIÑALES Suzuki 1'24.471 0.854 0.616
4 46 Valentino ROSSI Yamaha 1'24.483 0.866 0.012
5 35 Cal CRUTCHLOW Honda 1'24.688 1.071 0.205
6 9 Danilo PETRUCCI Ducati 1'24.866 1.249 0.178
7 8 Hector BARBERA Ducati 1'24.956 1.339 0.090
8 99 Jorge LORENZO Yamaha 1'24.988 1.371 0.032
9 51 Michele PIRRO Ducati 1'24.988 1.371  
10 93 Marc MARQUEZ Honda 1'25.039 1.422 0.051
11 68 Yonny HERNANDEZ Ducati 1'25.042 1.425 0.003
12 45 Scott REDDING Ducati 1'25.140 1.523 0.098
13 44 Pol ESPARGARO Yamaha 1'25.221 1.604 0.081
14 43 Jack MILLER Honda 1'25.321 1.704 0.100
15 53 Tito RABAT Honda 1'25.770 2.153 0.449
16 19 Alvaro BAUTISTA Aprilia 1'25.882 2.265 0.112
17 38 Bradley SMITH Yamaha 1'25.941 2.324 0.059
18 41 Aleix ESPARGARO Suzuki 1'25.945 2.328 0.004
19 26 Dani PEDROSA Honda 1'26.130 2.513 0.185
20 6 Stefan BRADL Aprilia 1'26.149 2.532 0.019
21 50 Eugene LAVERTY Ducati 1'26.469 2.852 0.320
22 76 Loris BAZ Ducati 1'26.491 2.874 0.022

 

Round Number: 
10
2016
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Comments

Mighty Maverick and the Suzuki (down how many horses?)
THIRD! He is hooking up better on drive out - did some improvement come dialing in the electronics over break? Hope so! The kid is GOOD.

What a shite era for Honda. Still wondering about Dani and Suzuki as a possible missed opportunity.

Beautiful track surroundings. A track day here looks fabulous. 10 tenths race pace? A bit scary. I like the rolling altitude change and sweepers. New tracks are fun!

Their first win since Stoner 800 era on the cards - maybe.

Ducati must be pretty buoyant about the possibility. Thing is, the circuit layout does favour the Desmo and the heavy braking should play into Dovi's riding style.

On the other hand, should today's free practises translate into pole and second for Ducati GP, what will team orders be re - the 2 Andrea's? Will the instruction be followed?

Probably not, by a majority of one #29 in the closing stages.

Another new winner is highly pausible given the the carnage this circuit can throw up.