A bit more rain was on the menu for the intermediate class, causing the same familiar names to feature heavily in the second practice session. After leading FP1, Alex Marquez picked it up at the top but he was quickly pushed back by Tom Luthi, the Swiss rider putting half a second between the two of them. The Spaniard cut the gap to less than two tenths before Luthi blasted his own best time to outpace Marquez by over seven tenths of a second. The rollercoaster continued with the Marc VDS rider once again getting within two tenths. And that was just in the first fifteen minutes.
The indirect battle for the lead settled down on the following runs, the only significant event being Luthi uncharacteristically sliding out in turn three in the final twelve minutes. That started a bit of a festival of crashes lower down the timesheets, with the likes of Jorge Navarro, Xavier Simeon or Luca Marini touching gravel.
Miguel Oliveira also clocked a 2:05 to keep within touching distance of the two leaders but the pretenders were about a second off the pace of Luthi. Franco Morbidelli had a bit of catching up to do after his bike refused to collaborate at the start of the session and the Italian was fifth, nine tenths down. Simeon impressed in fifth place, despite the late crash, while Hafizh Syahrin didn’t quite repeat the good fortune of FP1 but scored a solid sixth.
The top ten was completed by Sandro Cortese, Dominique Aegerter and Tetsuta Nagashima. Pecco Bagnaia slotted into eleventh, nearly two seconds down on the leader, while Mattia Pasini continued to struggle in nineteenth place.
|12||97||Xavi VIERGE||Tech 3||2'07.278||1.996||0.056|
|17||87||Remy GARDNER||Tech 3||2'07.724||2.442||0.003|
|18||24||Simone CORSI||Speed Up||2'07.740||2.458||0.016|
|21||37||Augusto FERNANDEZ||Speed Up||2'07.953||2.671||0.047|
|24||89||Khairul Idham PAWI||Kalex||2'08.107||2.825||0.105|