After the relative deluge of FP1, the weather gods looked upon the second practice session more kindly, easing the rain and only marginally warming it up. A touch more visibility and fewer drops of rain gave a tad too much confidence to the lightweight class though, who opened proceedings for the afternoon with plenty of slips and slides all over the place.
No such thing for Romano Fenati, the Italian taking that extra step to lead the session early on. Without his teammate’s tail to follow, Nicolo Bulega took a bit more time to challenge but was soon back in charge, over three tenths ahead of Fenati and with a significant gap behind them. Niccolo Antonelli finally stole their thunder with fifteen minutes remaining, the KTM rider leading the Italian trio and leaving the rest of the challengers over a second behind.
In the changing conditions and with the added rubber post-FP1, riders found it hard to get anywhere near their morning benchmarks. Things looked settled until the rain master struck and Fenati retook the lead as the checker flag waved. Antonelli got close to reclaiming the honour but missed out by six thousandths of a second. Bulega finished third, nearly two tenths down, while Aron Canet eventually managed to reduce the gap to Fenati to only three tenths.
The final two men to get within a second of the leader’s time were two pleasant surprises, Nakarin Atiratphuvapat and Manuel Pagliani impressing in fifth and sixth positions. Andrea Migno was the best of the rest, the Italian unable to replicate his FP1 performance and ending up seventh. The top ten was completed by Tatsuki Suzuki, Albert Arenas and Enea Bastianini.
Jorge Martin put in some more mileage in the afternoon session but could only climb as high as thirteenth. Championship leader Joan Mir showed a tiny chink in his armour after he crashed in the final seven minutes, while running nineteenth and dropping two more places as a result. Still, his day wasn’t as bad as Bo Bendsneyder’s, the Dutchman crashing out twice in turn five in the same session to finish right behind Mir.
|11||21||Fabio DI GIANNANTONIO||Honda||2'11.902||1.274||0.054|
|27||48||Lorenzo DALLA PORTA||Mahindra||2'14.412||3.784||0.114|