If the first session of the day came with a side of sun, it was looking like a much more familiar sight for FP2, a big dark cloud spreading over the circuit and biding its time. The Moto3 line-up was out to play and managed to sneak in a handful of laps before the threat of rain became reality halfway through the session.
Marco Bezzecchi was the fastest man before the rain-induced lull in proceedings but his time could not quite rival the benchmark set in the morning by Philipp Oettl. Action picked up a little more in the final ten minutes as the light rain subsided and the surface was up to challenging the Italian’s early time, the decisive attack coming from Tony Arbolino. Conditions rapidly improved for Arbolino and Bezzecchi to seriously bite into the 2:14s – only separated by eighth thousandths of a second – with Niccolo Antonelli, Gabriel Rodrigo and Aron Canet dipping into it slightly as well.
Oettl just missed out on the top five and despite setting his best time of the weekend, it was almost eighth tenths of a second off top honours. Fabio Di Giannantonio was the lead Gresini rider in seventh spot, holding off Jakub Kornfeil and Tatsuki Suzuki, the trio within a second of Arbolino. Jorge Martin rounded out the top ten as the first rider over the one second mark, closely followed by Jaume Masia.
The likes of Nicolo Bulega and Enea Bastianini missed out on the top 15 and were almost two seconds slower than the fastest man of the day, while John McPhee could only manage 27th as he was catching up with the significant track time he lost in FP1.
|7||21||Fabio DI GIANNANTONIO||Honda||2'15.046||0.789||0.003|
|13||48||Lorenzo DALLA PORTA||Honda||2'15.845||1.588||0.304|