2016 Brno MotoGP FP2 Result: Marquez Leads After Marvellous Save

After the breezy morning, the riders welcomed those twenty-one degrees in temperature but took their time to challenge the FP1 benchmark. The Yamaha-Ducati battle seemed to resume at the top, with Valentino Rossi leading the first half of the session and Andrea Iannone taking over in the second half. With seven minutes to go, their teammates decided to join the proceedings but it was Marc Marquez who crashed their party to go top by a tenth of a second in front of Iannone.

It had been an eventful afternoon for the championship leader, the Spaniard spicing up his session with yet another incredible save halfway through FP2. After countless replays had been shown, the Honda rider went back on track to lead the action with a fast couple of laps towards the end.

The reigning world champion also led briefly, before Lorenzo had to settle for third, barely a tenth off his countryman. Benefitting from the habitual tow, Hector Barbera finished another good session in fourth, followed closely by early leader Rossi.

Despite setting good times in the final minutes and being under four tenths off the leader, Andrea Dovizioso fell back to sixth position, ahead of a probably delighted Aleix Espargaro. The Suzuki rider finished two places ahead of his teammate, despite Maverick Viñales spending a lot of the session in the top five. Bradley Smith was the one who split the Spanish duo, the Brit showing good speed, only six tenths off Marquez. Dani Pedrosa completed the top ten, the sister Honda of Cal Crutchlow right behind him.

Results:               

Pos. Num. Rider Bike Time Gap 1st Prev.
1 93 Marc MARQUEZ Honda 1'55.840    
2 29 Andrea IANNONE Ducati 1'55.944 0.104 0.104
3 99 Jorge LORENZO Yamaha 1'55.977 0.137 0.033
4 8 Hector BARBERA Ducati 1'56.124 0.284 0.147
5 46 Valentino ROSSI Yamaha 1'56.174 0.334 0.050
6 4 Andrea DOVIZIOSO Ducati 1'56.235 0.395 0.061
7 41 Aleix ESPARGARO Suzuki 1'56.441 0.601 0.206
8 38 Bradley SMITH Yamaha 1'56.494 0.654 0.053
9 25 Maverick VIÑALES Suzuki 1'56.615 0.775 0.121
10 26 Dani PEDROSA Honda 1'56.662 0.822 0.047
11 35 Cal CRUTCHLOW Honda 1'56.837 0.997 0.175
12 76 Loris BAZ Ducati 1'56.957 1.117 0.120
13 9 Danilo PETRUCCI Ducati 1'57.052 1.212 0.095
14 45 Scott REDDING Ducati 1'57.090 1.250 0.038
15 44 Pol ESPARGARO Yamaha 1'57.335 1.495 0.245
16 50 Eugene LAVERTY Ducati 1'57.336 1.496 0.001
17 6 Stefan BRADL Aprilia 1'57.471 1.631 0.135
18 19 Alvaro BAUTISTA Aprilia 1'57.569 1.729 0.098
19 68 Yonny HERNANDEZ Ducati 1'57.724 1.884 0.155
20 53 Tito RABAT Honda 1'58.054 2.214 0.330
Round Number: 
11
2016
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Here is hoping that Marc and his engineer can dial a little more margin into the Honda and that his tires last!