Similar conditions to the morning session greeted the riders post-lunchbreak, although Andrea Iannone only needed some ten minutes to set the fastest lap of the day. The early benchmark stood until the preventive shootout for a top ten place jumbled the order at the top, but a last lap rush got Iannone back in charge at the flag.
That bumped down morning leader Maverick Viñales, who still grabbed second position, three tenths off the Italian. Cal Crutchlow delighted the home crowd by briefly leading the session but the British rider fell back to third, almost half a second off the leader.
Jorge Lorenzo was the first Yamaha in fourth place, despite causing a few frowns by spending the final part of the session outside of the top ten. He was followed by Marc Marquez in fifth, a pretty uneventful session by his own standards, finishing off with a twitchy practice start and an improvement of over a second from his FP1 time.
Valentino Rossi kept close to his title rival, only two hundredths of a second separating him from the Spaniard. A still injured Andrea Dovizioso sneaked ahead of Aleix Espargaro on his final lap, the Italian finishing seventh. In case of a rainy FP3, two other riders who will be smiling tomorrow morning are Dani Pedrosa, who enjoyed a bit of time as the lead Honda in the session, and Scott Redding, the Pramac rider completing the top ten.