2018 Barcelona MotoGP FP2 Result: Lorenzo Looking Like A Threat

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.

Results:

Pos. Num. Rider Bike Time Gap 1st Prev.
1 99 Jorge LORENZO Ducati 1'38.930    
2 29 Andrea IANNONE Suzuki 1'39.037 0.107 0.107
3 25 Maverick VIÑALES Yamaha 1'39.422 0.492 0.385
4 4 Andrea DOVIZIOSO Ducati 1'39.443 0.513 0.021
5 35 Cal CRUTCHLOW Honda 1'39.458 0.528 0.015
6 9 Danilo PETRUCCI Ducati 1'39.619 0.689 0.161
7 5 Johann ZARCO Yamaha 1'39.633 0.703 0.014
8 26 Dani PEDROSA Honda 1'39.655 0.725 0.022
9 55 Hafizh SYAHRIN Yamaha 1'39.782 0.852 0.127
10 53 Tito RABAT Ducati 1'39.851 0.921 0.069
11 46 Valentino ROSSI Yamaha 1'39.989 1.059 0.138
12 93 Marc MARQUEZ Honda 1'39.990 1.060 0.001
13 36 Mika KALLIO KTM 1'40.004 1.074 0.014
14 19 Alvaro BAUTISTA Ducati 1'40.265 1.335 0.261
15 38 Bradley SMITH KTM 1'40.309 1.379 0.044
16 42 Alex RINS Suzuki 1'40.399 1.469 0.090
17 30 Takaaki NAKAGAMI Honda 1'40.450 1.520 0.051
18 44 Pol ESPARGARO KTM 1'40.508 1.578 0.058
19 41 Aleix ESPARGARO Aprilia 1'40.541 1.611 0.033
20 43 Jack MILLER Ducati 1'40.608 1.678 0.067
21 10 Xavier SIMEON Ducati 1'40.697 1.767 0.089
22 21 Franco MORBIDELLI Honda 1'40.728 1.798 0.031
23 45 Scott REDDING Aprilia 1'40.815 1.885 0.087
24 12 Thomas LUTHI Honda 1'40.975 2.045 0.160
25 50 Sylvain GUINTOLI Suzuki 1'41.229 2.299 0.254
26 17 Karel ABRAHAM Ducati 1'41.361 2.431 0.132
Round Number: 
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2018
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Might be the one that's gonna challenge Marc til the end. Remember Dovi's start of his season last year at Mugello?

If so, how weird will it be next year at Repsol HRC?

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Is the bike Zarco is riding using the same chassis that was involved in the Le Mans crash?

A misaligned chassis will give problems once the tyres are worn a bit...

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Looking at last years race, it's a shame Jonas Folger isn't capable of riding anymore. He showed a lot of promise.

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