Tarmac was near sizzling point and so was the future intra-team battle between Marc Marquez and Jorge Lorenzo, the Spaniards starting the second session of the day swapping seats at the top of the standings. The early battle soon cooled off and some race runs replaced the excitement, with the final five minutes reserved for the charge for top ten positions. Lorenzo was the first to leave a lasting impression on the timesheets with the first 1:38 time of the day, while Marquez’s hard front had enough and took a detour all the way through the turn four gravel trap. In his defence, run-offs and gravel saw plenty of action in the final few minutes of the session from the likes of Alex Rins, Franco Morbidelli or Scott Redding.
Lorenzo was unperturbed at the front while Andrea Iannone was his closest challenger by one tenth of a second. Maverick Viñales made a late jump into third on new rubber after not particularly shining on used mediums and Andrea Dovizioso added another Ducati to the top four but half a second off his teammate. Cal Crutchlow finished the session in close proximity to the Italian as top Honda, while Danilo Petrucci was another tenth down in sixth.
Johann Zarco was the second best Yamaha in the session despite adding another crash to his seemingly growing catalogue. Dani Pedrosa climbed into eighth position, with Hafizh Syahrin and Tito Rabat making it into the top ten after strong performances in both Friday sessions.
Valentino Rossi did not seem to have as much fun as in FP1 despite some good speed on soft rubber and the Italian dropped back to eleventh position. The reigning world champion’s mishap also pushed him outside the top ten and into 12th, ahead of familiar wildcard Mika Kallio.