A little warmer, a little faster, but the premier class were in no hurry to dethrone Iannone’s best time of the day from FP1. The honour had to wait until the very last minutes of the session, when fresh rubber decided it in the favour of Jorge Lorenzo.
After the impressive pace Marquez showed in the morning session, it looked like Honda’s day was about to get better, with a one-two at the top of the standings as soon as the light went green at the end of pitlane. While Marquez was evaluating the hard front and the soft rear, Pedrosa was two thousandths of a second faster on the mediums.
While Marquez was still playing with settings on used tyres, Lorenzo stole the show in the final five minutes, going over six tenths of a second faster on brand new rubber and become the first man into the 1:30s.
Pedrosa joined that list soon after, trailing his former nemesis by a tenth of a second at the flag and showing great pace on the mediums. Andrea Dovizioso was also persevering on the used softs but the Italian joined his teammate in the top three at the final go.
Zarco in fourth position was the last man within half a second of Lorenzo, while Marquez scored his 26th crash of the season in the final minute of the session. The Honda man’s harmless slide was the cherry on top of the crash list cake after FP1 leader Andrea Iannone and brothers Aleix and Pol Espargaro hit the deck in various gravel traps around the track only minutes earlier.
Jack Miller followed up on a fast FP1 with a nearly as impressive sixth place in the afternoon, the Marc VDS rider narrowly ahead of his pal Cal Crutchlow. Michele Pirro added another Ducati to the top eight, getting the better of Valentino Rossi by less than a tenth. The youngest Espargaro snuck it into the top ten despite the late crash and only nine thousandths of a second ahead of Maverick Viñales, the Spaniard appearing to struggle all throughout the session.
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