2019 Austin MotoGP FP2 Result: Vinales Halts Marquez’s Charge

Things hotted up literally and otherwise throughout the premier class’ second session of the day, given the unstable weather threatening Saturday’s proceedings. With FP1 times obliterated in the very first minutes of the session, Marc Marquez not only dipped but almost sunk into the 2:04s before retreating to the pitlane once again. Between finding the perfect setup for the bumpy Texan track and keeping safe in the top ten, teams had a lot on their plate in FP2. Adding to that, the world champion had a rear presumably-tyre-cooler device to test on his second outing and if it didn’t help his times much, it did draw lots of attention from the cameras.

Another unwilling star of FP2 were the bumps in turn 2, providing some painful slow-motion shots of tortured suspension but attention quickly went back to the timesheets as the final time attack started with seven minutes left on the clock. With Marquez busy shaking off Jack Miller, Maverick Vinales shot into the lead with a time fairly close to last year’s pole position and not even a late fast lap from Repsol’s COTA master could change that. Marquez settled for second, half a tenth off and the only other rider to dip into the 2:03s.

Valentino Rossi made it an even better afternoon for Yamaha by climbing into third position, a tenth off his teammate and only two thousandths ahead of Miller. Cal Crutchlow completed the top five, while Alex Rins left it late to join the top ten as the final man within half a second of the leader but more significantly, the one to push Andrea Dovizioso out of the provisional top ten and into the clutches of Q1. After following the Italian around the track, Pol Espargaro joined the top seven, with an extra breeze of youth completing the top ten through Franco Morbidelli, Fabio Quartararo and Pecco Bagnaia.

If rain does turn up to FP3 as predicted, Dovizioso would have to battle Joan Mir, Danilo Petrucci, Aleix Espargaro or Jorge Lorenzo for a place in Q2.

Results:

Pos. Num. Rider Bike Time Gap 1st Prev.
1 12 Maverick VIÑALES Yamaha 2'03.857    
2 93 Marc MARQUEZ Honda 2'03.901 0.044 0.044
3 46 Valentino ROSSI Yamaha 2'04.003 0.146 0.102
4 43 Jack MILLER Ducati 2'04.005 0.148 0.002
5 35 Cal CRUTCHLOW Honda 2'04.118 0.261 0.113
6 42 Alex RINS Suzuki 2'04.353 0.496 0.235
7 44 Pol ESPARGARO KTM 2'04.364 0.507 0.011
8 21 Franco MORBIDELLI Yamaha 2'04.548 0.691 0.184
9 20 Fabio QUARTARARO Yamaha 2'04.589 0.732 0.041
10 63 Francesco BAGNAIA Ducati 2'04.630 0.773 0.041
11 4 Andrea DOVIZIOSO Ducati 2'04.714 0.857 0.084
12 36 Joan MIR Suzuki 2'04.851 0.994 0.137
13 9 Danilo PETRUCCI Ducati 2'04.906 1.049 0.055
14 41 Aleix ESPARGARO Aprilia 2'04.953 1.096 0.047
15 30 Takaaki NAKAGAMI Honda 2'05.020 1.163 0.067
16 99 Jorge LORENZO Honda 2'05.169 1.312 0.149
17 5 Johann ZARCO KTM 2'05.491 1.634 0.322
18 29 Andrea IANNONE Aprilia 2'05.955 2.098 0.464
19 17 Karel ABRAHAM Ducati 2'06.162 2.305 0.207
20 53 Tito RABAT Ducati 2'06.204 2.347 0.042
21 88 Miguel OLIVEIRA KTM 2'06.276 2.419 0.072
22 55 Hafizh SYAHRIN KTM 2'06.850 2.993 0.574
Round Number: 
3
2019
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Comments

The KTMs of Zarco an Espargaro started really well in FP1.

7th Place of Espagaro is really impressive, an he his a lot faster than all the other KTMs.

I hope they keep improving, would love to see them havin having podium pace.