Umbrellas were back out in force for the start of the second MotoGP outing of the weekend and there was little time to find some speed before Johann Zarco had a big tumble at turn 12 and the river of debris he left in his wake required a red flag barely ten minutes into the session. In a copy-paste of earlier today, riders retreated to their garages and the safety car had some more slip and slide fun.
After the ten minute delay, riders were out to hunt down Alex Rins’ provisional fastest time, which was six seconds off the morning’s benchmark. Given the still treacherous conditions, matching that seemed like wishful thinking but that did not stop them from trying, Marc Marquez and Valentino Rossi swapping fastest laps at the front. The reigning world champion came out on top but his top place was soon being challenged by Danilo Petrucci. Much like FP1, the Italian snatched top spot while Marquez had a bit of a breather but there was no time for a fight back this time around as rain fell harder once again. Petrucci kept top spot in FP2, while Marquez stayed first on combined timesheets.
After an underwhelming FP1, Rossi featured at the sharp end the second time around, seven tenths off Petrucci and rounding out the top three. Compatriot Andrea Iannone was a full second down on the leader, closely followed by the Espargaro duo, the Aprilia of Aleix leading the KTM of Pol. Maverick Viñales settled for seventh position, one and a half seconds slower than Petrucci and only a tenth faster than Scott Redding.
Bradley Smith and Rins rounded out the top ten, which unusually included more KTMs and Aprilias than Ducatis or Hondas. Xavier Simeon narrowly missed out and outdid Andrea Dovizioso, despite adding a second tumble to his daily routine. Jorge Lorenzo had another low key session down in 15th, while Dani Pedrosa joined the fun after the halfway mark of the session and recorded a handful of laps.