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.