On an exquisitely dry track, world championship leader Franco Morbidelli gave his competitors a chance at the spotlight before taking over his rightful spot on lap six.
The Italian had already proved himself as a favourite for the weekend and his early time looked to go unchallenged until Mattia Pasini remembered he has a great pole run to defend. With two minutes to go, the Italtrans rider got ahead by six hundredths of a second while flirting with track limits.
The world championship leader was only two hundredths of a second away from losing his second place as well, Takaaki Nakagami putting in a late charge for third, but Morbidelli won't be too worried when it comes to his prospects for the race. After a stellar FP1, Dominique Aegerter was another one who left it late to join the top four in FP2, the Swiss rider two tenths behind the leader and bumping down to fifth a consistent Miguel Oliveira.
Title contender Tom Luthi couldn’t quite sort out his issues and got a sixth place out of his afternoon’s work, four tenths slower than Pasini. Home boy Pecco Bagnaia showed steady progress to sneak back into the top seven, with Simone Corsi and Hafizh Syahrin separated by less than four hundredths of a second from Luthi.
The top ten was completed by Lorenzo Baldassarri, nearly six tenths down on the leader, with rookie Jorge Navarro twelfth despite a late crash.
FP1 leader Alex Marquez was ruled out from the rest of the weekend’s action after being diagnosed with a small fracture in his hip following his crash at the end of the morning session.
|8||24||Simone CORSI||Speed Up||1'38.464||0.403||0.002|
|18||97||Xavi VIERGE||Tech 3||1'38.956||0.895||0.007|
|21||87||Remy GARDNER||Tech 3||1'39.008||0.947||0.007|
|26||37||Augusto FERNANDEZ||Speed Up||1'39.283||1.222||0.098|
|27||15||Alex DE ANGELIS||Suter||1'39.362||1.301||0.079|
|29||89||Khairul Idham PAWI||Kalex||1'39.958||1.897||0.043|