2017 Motegi MotoGP FP2 Result: Dovizioso Strikes Back

Still wet, still cold and slightly less dreadful as the heavy rain had stopped, the second practice session for the premier class brought a new set of conditions to master.

Andrea Dovizioso was the quickest to assess the situation, the Italian heading to the top of the timesheets on his third lap, only four tenths slower than the morning’s benchmark. The Ducati man improved further after another handful of laps and broke into the 1:54s to set the fastest time of the weekend.

Rivals were left with over a second to recover in little under half an hour. Aleix Espargaro made the first move to cut the gap to eight tenths before Johann Zarco got as close as five tenths in the final fifteen minutes, but neither one got the best of Dovizioso.

Marc Marquez started off a little calmer, playing with brake covers and leaving it late to improve on this FP1 time. The world champion eventually joined his title rival into the 1:54s, only four hundredths of a second separating the two as Marquez splashed around trying to take back the lead. His final attempt ended in the gravel trap in turn four, as seems to be his habit in FP2. The Honda man still finished the session second, a tenth ahead of the eldest Espargaro.

Jorge Lorenzo was another of the late improvers, the Spaniard ending up fourth, three tenths slower than his leading teammate. Zarco eventually dropped back to fifth but remained Yamaha’s top man in the pile. After missing out on some track time in FP1 following some mechanical trouble, Danilo Petrucci recovered to finish the second session sixth.

After showing flashes of speed in FP1, Andrea Iannone added some consistency to place Suzuki seventh, teammate Alex Rins also contributing with a top ten. Dani Pedrosa enjoyed the small change in conditions and climbed into eighth place, a significant improvement on his adventures this morning. The Spaniard was followed by Cal Crutchlow in ninth place.

Just outside of the top ten ended up the rest of the Yamahas, Maverick Viñales leading Valentino Rossi and Kohta Nozane, the trio within a tenth of each other and one and a half seconds down on Dovizioso.


Pos. Num. Rider Bike Time Gap 1st Prev.
1 4 Andrea DOVIZIOSO Ducati 1'54.877    
2 93 Marc MARQUEZ Honda 1'54.920 0.043 0.043
3 41 Aleix ESPARGARO Aprilia 1'55.061 0.184 0.141
4 99 Jorge LORENZO Ducati 1'55.234 0.357 0.173
5 5 Johann ZARCO Yamaha 1'55.468 0.591 0.234
6 9 Danilo PETRUCCI Ducati 1'55.541 0.664 0.073
7 29 Andrea IANNONE Suzuki 1'55.614 0.737 0.073
8 26 Dani PEDROSA Honda 1'55.773 0.896 0.159
9 35 Cal CRUTCHLOW Honda 1'56.149 1.272 0.376
10 42 Alex RINS Suzuki 1'56.229 1.352 0.080
11 25 Maverick VIÑALES Yamaha 1'56.376 1.499 0.147
12 46 Valentino ROSSI Yamaha 1'56.435 1.558 0.059
13 31 Kohta NOZANE Yamaha 1'56.453 1.576 0.018
14 45 Scott REDDING Ducati 1'56.680 1.803 0.227
15 17 Karel ABRAHAM Ducati 1'56.776 1.899 0.096
16 19 Alvaro BAUTISTA Ducati 1'56.827 1.950 0.051
17 38 Bradley SMITH KTM 1'56.853 1.976 0.026
18 44 Pol ESPARGARO KTM 1'56.872 1.995 0.019
19 22 Sam LOWES Aprilia 1'57.250 2.373 0.378
20 76 Loris BAZ Ducati 1'57.259 2.382 0.009
21 8 Hector BARBERA Ducati 1'57.540 2.663 0.281
22 7 Hiroshi AOYAMA Honda 1'57.548 2.671 0.008
23 53 Tito RABAT Honda 1'57.645 2.768 0.097
24 21 Katsuyuki NAKASUGA Yamaha 1'58.341 3.464 0.696


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Looks like unsurprising results in my opinion. Big question mark is the weather for tomorrow. A dry FP3 could be tricky for everyone and spread top riders in both Q1 and Q2 making the Grid for sunday kinda unpredictable... 

Some big improvements in lap times from Fp1 to Fp2 Dani Pedrosa improved by three seconds a lap 1'58.7 to 1'55.773 ! Zarco was quick in fp1 then went 1.4 seconds faster ! Aleix went 1 & a quarter faster. Petrux went 2 seconds quicker in fp2. Nozane most rapid of the three wildcards, progressed from 1'57.8 to 1'56.45 & moved closer to the top of the times. Kohta Nozane could do very well. I doubt that Aoyama & Nagasuga (Naga Sugar) will do as well.

So were the conditions that much better? The field is still spread out, by nearly 4 second in fp1 3 & 1/2 in fp2. Was it only MM93 , A.E. 41 & Scott Redding who really had a go in fp1 ?