2018 Mugello MotoGP FP2 Result: Red Flags And Red Hot Laps for Iannone

The cloudy afternoon in Mugello got more gloomy shortly after the start of the session, the red flag coming out for a heavy crash for Michelle Pirro in turn one. The Italian was said to be conscious and moving by the time he was picked up by an ambulance and the session was restarted with 28 minutes on the clock and with Andrea Iannone leading. The Suzuki man manged to sneak in a lap to improve his time at the top of the timesheets before another red flag was caused by another Ducati. Soon after beating the top speed record, Andrea Dovizioso’s engine called it quits in turn one and spit up some flames to go with the bit of oil it left on track.

Once the session restarted for the final 22 minutes, Marc Marquez continued with a troublesome session of his own, the Spaniard having tumbled in the gravel trap in turn four on cold hard tyres before the second red flag. Whether it was because the weather or the crash, the world champion slipped on a medium front-soft rear combination for his last run and swiftly picked up the lead of the session. The Repsol rider’s position looked secure until some new sets of softs went in for his rivals in the final five minutes. Maverick Viñales was the first to attack but Iannone had none of it, making light work of traffic on his fast lap to be the only rider to get into the 1:46s, leaving the Yamaha man nearly four tenths behind.

With Viñales in a pleasantly surprising (for his side of the garage) second position, Marquez settled for third, another tenth down. Johann Zarco no longer had the responsibility of carrying the flag for Yamaha but he did a reasonable job in fourth place, six tenths down on Iannone. Jack Miller continued a consistent performance throughout Friday with a fifth place, only just sneaking ahead of Cal Crutchlow and Valentino Rossi.

After an excellent FP1, Franco Morbidelli managed to hang on to the back of Marquez on a hot lap and climbed into third position provisionally, eventually being dropped down to eight after some late improvers posted their times. Danilo Petrucci and Jorge Lorenzo completed the top ten as the final two riders within a second of Iannone.

After his eventful session, Dovizioso failed to improve on his second bike and dropped down to 12th, narrowly ahead of Dani Pedrosa, the veteran duo potentially in trouble if summer rain finally hits FP3.


Pos. Num. Rider Bike Time Gap 1st Prev.
1 29 Andrea IANNONE Suzuki 1'46.735    
2 25 Maverick VIÑALES Yamaha 1'47.122 0.387 0.387
3 93 Marc MARQUEZ Honda 1'47.218 0.483 0.096
4 5 Johann ZARCO Yamaha 1'47.365 0.630 0.147
5 43 Jack MILLER Ducati 1'47.403 0.668 0.038
6 35 Cal CRUTCHLOW Honda 1'47.433 0.698 0.030
7 46 Valentino ROSSI Yamaha 1'47.445 0.710 0.012
8 21 Franco MORBIDELLI Honda 1'47.497 0.762 0.052
9 9 Danilo PETRUCCI Ducati 1'47.569 0.834 0.072
10 99 Jorge LORENZO Ducati 1'47.691 0.956 0.122
11 30 Takaaki NAKAGAMI Honda 1'47.901 1.166 0.210
12 4 Andrea DOVIZIOSO Ducati 1'47.902 1.167 0.001
13 26 Dani PEDROSA Honda 1'47.924 1.189 0.022
14 55 Hafizh SYAHRIN Yamaha 1'47.946 1.211 0.022
15 42 Alex RINS Suzuki 1'47.996 1.261 0.050
16 41 Aleix ESPARGARO Aprilia 1'48.113 1.378 0.117
17 53 Tito RABAT Ducati 1'48.221 1.486 0.108
18 44 Pol ESPARGARO KTM 1'48.269 1.534 0.048
19 45 Scott REDDING Aprilia 1'48.458 1.723 0.189
20 19 Alvaro BAUTISTA Ducati 1'48.524 1.789 0.066
21 17 Karel ABRAHAM Ducati 1'48.926 2.191 0.402
22 38 Bradley SMITH KTM 1'49.044 2.309 0.118
23 12 Thomas LUTHI Honda 1'49.082 2.347 0.038
24 51 Michele PIRRO Ducati 1'49.111 2.376 0.029
25 10 Xavier SIMEON Ducati 1'49.757 3.022 0.646
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Wow SUZUKI as well eh? The best Yamaha out there. Fantastic motor this year. Nice conventional and well balanced handling. Mir would be smart to begin on this accessible bike.
Shiny balls is a talented, fast, aggressive, petulant, self involved, inconsistent rider. Who will do a bit better than A.Espargaro next year on the Aprilia.

Sounds like Michelle Pirro had a nasty crash. I hope he is OK. Great times for Iannone, too late to save his place at Suzuki.

Jack Miller fastest Ducati !! And quicker than his team mate. Never mind the factory Ducatis.

Also notable, Dovi set a new MotoGP top speed record of 356.4km/h (221.5mph) during FP2.

Previous record was 354.9 by Iannone here in 2016.

All speed traps slightly under indicate actual top speed. The length of it means that they get an average of speed within the measured area, in which it varies. This is a small variance but noticeable and we can safely correct by a few percent.

At Mugello the trap speeds are measured in the braking zone. It is plenty pessimistic. Dovi just went closer to 230mph than 220mph.

Great to see Michaele Pirro survived that horrible 'stoppie'. Hope he is good for tomorrow and the race. Given another Ducati 300km/hr+ incident into San Donato, Dovi's composure was astounding. 350 km/hr engine blow up, clutch it into the gravel, keep it upright, balance it and call for fire exteguishes whilst holding it vertical by the tail to minimize ingress and damage without giving a hoot for his own welfare with flames spewing to 10 liters of fuel upward. Memorable salvation of the bike. Most would have left it in the gravel, burning. Sure, the engine is scratched but the salvage is worth its weight in gold for the engineers and data analysts. One remarkable save in terms of data. Yet again Jack Miller failed to underperform...he's doing great.


So relieved  that Pirro is ok.  I hope to never have to witness anything like it again.