2018 Aragon MotoGP FP2 Result: Marquez Reclaims MotorLand

It was a hot affair in Aragon and one man familiar with sunbathing weather was Andrea Iannone, the Suzuki man taking charge of the session soon after its start and holding station until the final shootout. With conditions requesting hard tyres throughout the session, some softs made an appearance with five minutes left on the clock and even the reigning world champion played along this time. Marc Marquez might have sat out Friday shootouts of late but he was anything but rusty, picking up top spot and keeping it to the checkered flag.

Jorge Lorenzo waving around in the garage seemed to have aided his cause, the Spaniard climbing from outside the top ten into runner-up spot on his final flying lap. Teammate Andrea Dovizioso followed him home in third spot but almost half as second off the championship leader and three tenths off Lorenzo. Cal Crutchlow was the final rider within half a second of Marquez, while Andrea Iannone’s late pace secured him a top five.

With the Ducatis a bit more spread out the second time around, Danilo Petrucci finished sixth, two tenths ahead of Dani Pedrosa. The Spaniard seemed to thrive in the hot conditions, although his seventh position was a full second down on his leading teammate. Alvaro Bautista followed his compatriot over the line by half a tenth, while the Yamahas managed to sneak into the provisional top ten on their final flying laps, Valentino Rossi half a tenth ahead of Maverick Viñales.

The likes of Franco Morbidelli, Jack Miller, Alex Rins and the Espargaro brothers will have to fight back in FP3 to ensure direct rite of passage to Q2.

Results:

Pos. Num. Rider Bike Time Gap 1st Prev.
1 93 Marc MARQUEZ Honda 1'47.382    
2 99 Jorge LORENZO Ducati 1'47.520 0.138 0.138
3 4 Andrea DOVIZIOSO Ducati 1'47.835 0.453 0.315
4 35 Cal CRUTCHLOW Honda 1'47.862 0.480 0.027
5 29 Andrea IANNONE Suzuki 1'47.919 0.537 0.057
6 9 Danilo PETRUCCI Ducati 1'48.134 0.752 0.215
7 26 Dani PEDROSA Honda 1'48.389 1.007 0.255
8 19 Alvaro BAUTISTA Ducati 1'48.452 1.070 0.063
9 46 Valentino ROSSI Yamaha 1'48.501 1.119 0.049
10 25 Maverick VIÑALES Yamaha 1'48.552 1.170 0.051
11 21 Franco MORBIDELLI Honda 1'48.654 1.272 0.102
12 43 Jack MILLER Ducati 1'48.680 1.298 0.026
13 41 Aleix ESPARGARO Aprilia 1'48.808 1.426 0.128
14 44 Pol ESPARGARO KTM 1'48.850 1.468 0.042
15 38 Bradley SMITH KTM 1'48.861 1.479 0.011
16 42 Alex RINS Suzuki 1'48.902 1.520 0.041
17 5 Johann ZARCO Yamaha 1'48.997 1.615 0.095
18 17 Karel ABRAHAM Ducati 1'49.016 1.634 0.019
19 30 Takaaki NAKAGAMI Honda 1'49.123 1.741 0.107
20 45 Scott REDDING Aprilia 1'49.441 2.059 0.318
21 12 Thomas LUTHI Honda 1'49.690 2.308 0.249
22 10 Xavier SIMEON Ducati 1'49.925 2.543 0.235
23 55 Hafizh SYAHRIN Yamaha 1'49.937 2.555 0.012
24 81 Jordi TORRES Ducati 1'51.081 3.699 1.144
Round Number: 
14
2018
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