2018 Silverstone MotoGP FP2 Result: Dovizioso Sneaks Ahead

Still cool, still windy and with an added dash of dark cloud cover – that was the welcome the premier class got for their second outing of the day. Riders gave their best to beat the rain and book a provisional place into Q2 while still putting in long runs to gather sufficient data for the race. The weather proved kind and allowed Andrea Dovizioso and Marc Marquez to resume their remote duel for top honours. Their first battle ended in a stalemate for second best once Valentino Rossi slowly nipped at the benchmark and set himself at the top of the timesheets in the final ten minutes.

The final battle resumed with five minutes left on the clock, when plenty of fresh soft rubber was unwrapped from the covers. Dovizioso was the first to strike and seriously bite into the 2:01s on used tyres while a flurry of cancelled laptimes invaded the timesheets. The Italian kept top spot from local favourite Cal Crutchlow by a mere five thousandths of a second and with Maverick Viñales within six hundredths of the leader as well. The Yamaha man could not replicate his FP1 achievement but he did show good rhythm in an early race run on a used medium front-soft rear combination.

Marquez ended the day fourth, one tenth down on Dovizioso and with another little adventure in turn 16, this time completely harmless. Jorge Lorenzo adopted a risky strategy in which he brought out new tyres only for one final flying lap but the Spaniard went from outside the top 15 into the top five on that one lap, sheer luck saving him from a close call with Danilo Petrucci in the process.

Jack Miller made it three Ducatis in the top six while Johann Zarco and Rossi added a couple more Yamahas to the top eighth, over half a second off the leader. Andrea Iannone and Alvaro Bautista were the final lucky men to sneak into the top ten in case of a FP3 washout, leaving Takaaki Nakagami, Danilo Petrucci and Tito Rabat to say some prayers to the weather gods.

Rabat in particular had a troublesome afternoon as he turned his Ducati into ruins in the final 15 minutes of the session but escaped scathed himself. Dani Pedrosa’s less eventful day finished in 15th position as the Spaniard was still struggling on a less than favoured track.

Results:

Pos. Num. Rider Bike Time Gap 1st Prev.
1 4 Andrea DOVIZIOSO Ducati 2'01.385    
2 35 Cal CRUTCHLOW Honda 2'01.390 0.005 0.005
3 25 Maverick VIÑALES Yamaha 2'01.446 0.061 0.056
4 93 Marc MARQUEZ Honda 2'01.529 0.144 0.083
5 99 Jorge LORENZO Ducati 2'01.782 0.397 0.253
6 43 Jack MILLER Ducati 2'01.819 0.434 0.037
7 5 Johann ZARCO Yamaha 2'01.962 0.577 0.143
8 46 Valentino ROSSI Yamaha 2'02.152 0.767 0.190
9 29 Andrea IANNONE Suzuki 2'02.231 0.846 0.079
10 19 Alvaro BAUTISTA Ducati 2'02.448 1.063 0.217
11 30 Takaaki NAKAGAMI Honda 2'02.515 1.130 0.067
12 9 Danilo PETRUCCI Ducati 2'02.616 1.231 0.101
13 53 Tito RABAT Ducati 2'02.704 1.319 0.088
14 21 Franco MORBIDELLI Honda 2'02.759 1.374 0.055
15 26 Dani PEDROSA Honda 2'02.864 1.479 0.105
16 41 Aleix ESPARGARO Aprilia 2'02.938 1.553 0.074
17 38 Bradley SMITH KTM 2'02.974 1.589 0.036
18 55 Hafizh SYAHRIN Yamaha 2'03.293 1.908 0.319
19 42 Alex RINS Suzuki 2'03.591 2.206 0.298
20 45 Scott REDDING Aprilia 2'03.810 2.425 0.219
21 12 Thomas LUTHI Honda 2'04.178 2.793 0.368
22 17 Karel ABRAHAM Ducati 2'04.223 2.838 0.045
23 76 Loris BAZ KTM 2'04.773 3.388 0.550
24 10 Xavier SIMEON Ducati 2'05.212 3.827 0.439
Round Number: 
12
2018
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