After suffering the worst of FP1 conditions, the intermediate class lucked into a dry track for their second practice session.
Franco Morbidelli put this morning’s crash behind him – as did a significant portion of the grid – and took charge at the top of the timesheets in his early laps, followed by the usual Italian gang, but the party was paused by Miguel Oliveira stealing the lead with twewnty minutes remaining and Mattia Pasini following his example ten minutes later. A front end save and a big wheelie after, Pasini was third time unlucky and crashed in turn one.
While dusting himself off, his top spot was being disputed by the usual suspects. Tom Luthi looked distinctly average until he made a swift late jump into the lead, but was denied at the final try by Morbidelli, the championship leader going three hundredths of a second faster than his Swiss rival.
Another tenth of a second separated Luthi in second from Oliveira in third, with Pasini having to accept fourth spot on the final standings while he took the long route back to the paddock following his crash. Isaac Viñales was close to throwing his name into the mix for top spot but a few tricky slower sectors meant that the Spaniard settled for fifth position.
Fabio Quartararo found himself in an unusual predicament, the Pons rider unzipping his leathers while on track in the middle of the session. If it was indeed a wasp, it gave him some sort of minor superpowers because the Frenchman placed in an encouraging sixth – at one point even higher.
Alex Marquez made a steady climb throughout the session to finish seventh, four tenths down on his teammate and closely followed by Pecco Bagnaia. The top ten was completed by Sandro Cortese and Takaaki Nakagami.
|14||24||Simone CORSI||Speed Up||1'31.011||0.800||0.090|
|16||97||Xavi VIERGE||Tech 3||1'31.188||0.977||0.065|
|21||87||Remy GARDNER||Tech 3||1'31.468||1.257||0.115|
|27||89||Khairul Idham PAWI||Kalex||1'31.823||1.612||0.071|
|28||37||Augusto FERNANDEZ||Speed Up||1'31.932||1.721||0.109|