After the rainy adventures of FP1, team members in shorts probably felt much more comfortable in the 21 degrees of FP2. Timing screens were lighting up like Christmas trees as well, with a lot of red and orange to be found in dry conditions.
The weather might have changed but the Honda bikes seemed to enjoy just as much time at the top, with Marc Marquez, Cal Crutchlow and then Dani Pedrosa all holding the lead, Jack Miller close behind them – a familiar combination for most of the session.
The final five minutes saw most of the riders putting in the softer option rear tyre for a fast lap, with the notable exception of the reigning world champion. While Marquez continued to improve his time on used tyres, dropping him to fourteenth position, teammate Dani Pedrosa went half a second faster than the field. Miller proved to be the closest challenger, Crutchlow less than a tenth behind him.
Jorge Lorenzo lost a bit of the momentum from the morning session, stuck in fourteenth for much of the afternoon, before putting on the soft rear tyre to position himself fourth on the timing sheets, top Ducati in the session. Danilo Petrucci was close to claim the honour but finished less than a tenth behind Lorenzo.
Maverick Viñales slid out on a damp patch early into the session, leaving a trail of dusty mementos in turn nine, moments after Aleix Espargaro did exactly the same. The Yamaha man rejoined the track with fifteen minutes to go to record a sixth place and push his teammate out of the top ten.
Alvaro Bautista was the last within a second of Pedrosa, followed by Andrea Dovizioso in eighth position and the older Espargaro in ninth. Pol Espargaro completed the top ten while trying out KTM’s aero fairing and new engine package, the Spaniard a little over a second down on Pedrosa, a much improved result for the team.
Valentino Rossi picked it up where he left it in FP1, with one and a half seconds to recover on the leader and giving the 2017 aero fairing a run before ditching it for his final attack. While fast in sector two, his best time was only good enough for twelfth position.