2018 Valencia MotoGP FP2 Result: Petrucci Gets Revenge On Marquez

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.

Results:

Pos. Num. Rider Bike Time Gap 1st Prev.
1 9 Danilo PETRUCCI Ducati 1'41.318    
2 93 Marc MARQUEZ Honda 1'41.725 0.407 0.407
3 46 Valentino ROSSI Yamaha 1'42.081 0.763 0.356
4 29 Andrea IANNONE Suzuki 1'42.365 1.047 0.284
5 41 Aleix ESPARGARO Aprilia 1'42.385 1.067 0.020
6 44 Pol ESPARGARO KTM 1'42.655 1.337 0.270
7 25 Maverick VIÑALES Yamaha 1'42.746 1.428 0.091
8 45 Scott REDDING Aprilia 1'42.857 1.539 0.111
9 38 Bradley SMITH KTM 1'43.009 1.691 0.152
10 42 Alex RINS Suzuki 1'43.051 1.733 0.042
11 10 Xavier SIMEON Ducati 1'43.113 1.795 0.062
12 4 Andrea DOVIZIOSO Ducati 1'43.250 1.932 0.137
13 43 Jack MILLER Ducati 1'43.409 2.091 0.159
14 55 Hafizh SYAHRIN Yamaha 1'43.727 2.409 0.318
15 99 Jorge LORENZO Ducati 1'43.798 2.480 0.071
16 19 Alvaro BAUTISTA Ducati 1'43.844 2.526 0.046
17 30 Takaaki NAKAGAMI Honda 1'43.846 2.528 0.002
18 21 Franco MORBIDELLI Honda 1'43.854 2.536 0.008
19 12 Thomas LUTHI Honda 1'43.858 2.540 0.004
20 5 Johann ZARCO Yamaha 1'44.261 2.943 0.403
21 51 Michele PIRRO Ducati 1'44.681 3.363 0.420
22 6 Stefan BRADL Honda 1'44.732 3.414 0.051
23 17 Karel ABRAHAM Ducati 1'45.260 3.942 0.528
24 26 Dani PEDROSA Honda 1'45.401 4.083 0.141
25 81 Jordi TORRES Ducati 1'45.975 4.657 0.574
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