Despite the intermediate class benefitting from two dry sessions, the riders took their time in improving Oliveira’s benchmark from FP1, the Estrella Galicia Marc VDS duo predictably the ones to go one better, Franco Morbidelli the first rider into the 1:49s to end the day on top.
Morbidelli was unusually low down the rankings, spending most of the session down in eighth spot and waiting until we were questioning his victory chances to jump to the top of the timesheets. The Italian did go down at turn five with three minutes remaining but no one else managed to challenge his best time.
After seeing his brother having a blast around their home circuit, Alex Marquez found some speed to lead the early part of the session, losing the lead to his teammate for three tenths of a second. Simone Corsi made the jump to third place late into the session, six tenths down on Morbidelli.
After a rather anonymous morning, Mattia Pasini had a wild afternoon, more to his usual display, the Italian climbing into fourth spot.
Jorge Navarro was probably the most pleasant surprise of the day, the Spaniard improving on his good FP1 to lead FP2 mid-session and eventually finish fifth, ahead of Yonny Hernandez.
Some familiar names filled in the top ten, with Pecco Bagnaia seventh, followed by Takaaki Nakagami, morning leader Miguel Oliveira – who was still third fastest on combined times, and Tom Luthi.
|3||24||Simone CORSI||Speed Up||1'50.358||0.627||0.311|
|19||97||Xavi VIERGE||Tech 3||1'51.172||1.441||0.017|
|23||87||Remy GARDNER||Tech 3||1'51.798||2.067||0.114|
|25||37||Augusto FERNANDEZ||Speed Up||1'51.877||2.146||0.038|
|30||89||Khairul Idham PAWI||Kalex||1'52.996||3.265||0.913|