A more welcoming 22 degrees were in store for the afternoon sessions, although – spoiler alert – it failed to liven up the intermediate class action too much, riders taking their time in improving their laps from the morning.
It did seem to do the trick for Pecco Bagnaia though. The Italian might have looked a little off the pace in FP1 but he built up some speed to lead the session after the first run and maintained his position until the final five minutes. Then it was once again Miguel Oliveira’s time to shine, the Portuguese rider the only one able to improve on his own FP1 benchmark. Bagnaia was demoted to second by only five hundredths of a second, the SKY rider splitting a KTM duo.
Brad Binder continued with the great showing of FP1 and eventually got within two tenths of a second of his teammate to finish third. Mattia Pasini must have set a late alarm because the Italian had a much improved afternoon, finding half a second right away and improving to fourth position.
Alex Marquez looked like he enjoyed the improved conditions as well, the Spaniard constantly into the top ten and making a late jump into fifth. Takaaki Nakagami left it really late to sneak into sixth spot while Franco Morbidelli had a light day at the office down in seventh and four tenths adrift of the lead KTM.
The top ten was completed by Ricky Cardus, Tom Luthi’s rapid replacement enjoying another shot at a home GP, followed by Hafizh Syahrin and Xavi Vierge.
|10||97||Xavi VIERGE||Tech 3||1'36.499||0.697||0.109|
|16||37||Augusto FERNANDEZ||Speed Up||1'36.720||0.918||0.025|
|20||24||Simone CORSI||Speed Up||1'36.839||1.037||0.015|
|23||87||Remy GARDNER||Tech 3||1'37.021||1.219||0.075|
|26||89||Khairul Idham PAWI||Kalex||1'37.109||1.307||0.055|