2019 Misano MotoGP FP2 Result: Vinales Leads Yamaha Assault

After Fabio Quartararo stole his thunder in FP1, Marc Marquez was out for revenge when the green flag waved at the end of pitlane. Always the rebel, the Spaniard swapped his tyres for a hard-soft combination while pretty much everyone else was on mediums and attacked some mid 1:33s to put him a handful of tenths ahead of the competition early on. The Honda man also had a good look at his closest challenger, Maverick Vinales putting Yamaha’s carbon fibre swingarm through its paces. With the grip still reported to be less than ideal, it was the usual suspects dipping into the 1:33s early on, Marquez joined by Vinales, Quartararo, Alex Rins and the welcome addition of Franco Morbidelli.

The pace calmed down a bit as tyres got chewed up and Marquez and Quartararo were left alone in the 1:33 club towards the halfway point of the session. The duo were chasing each other on track as well, having a close look at the other’s secrets until warnings came through from their teams. One final battle was on the cards with the time attack starting in the final six minutes and the Yamahas were on the offensive, with Vinales delivering the first 1:32 time of the day, quickly followed by Quartararo posting a similar time. Despite a few hairy moments throughout the day, the Frenchman threatened his factory colleague’s top spot for the next couple of laps but Top Gun wrote the headlines by six hundredths of a second.

With frantic action all around him, Marquez stuck to an old soft rear tyre and kept the pace going in the low 1:34s without being too bothered about the shootout. The world champion added a Honda in third place, right in the middle of a Yamaha panini with Valentino Rossi and Morbidelli as the bottom bun. Pol Espargaro and Danilo Petrucci were the final men within a second of the leader, with Andrea Dovizioso just missing out on that achievement.

Alex Rins and Cal Crutchlow completed the top ten of the session but neither man is in the provisional top 10 for Q2, due to Michele Pirro and Aleix Espargaro’s better FP1 times.


Pos. Num. Rider Bike Time Gap 1st Prev.
1 12 Maverick VIÑALES Yamaha 1'32.775    
2 20 Fabio QUARTARARO Yamaha 1'32.832 0.057 0.057
3 93 Marc MARQUEZ Honda 1'33.171 0.396 0.339
4 46 Valentino ROSSI Yamaha 1'33.470 0.695 0.299
5 21 Franco MORBIDELLI Yamaha 1'33.524 0.749 0.054
6 44 Pol ESPARGARO KTM 1'33.624 0.849 0.100
7 9 Danilo PETRUCCI Ducati 1'33.728 0.953 0.104
8 4 Andrea DOVIZIOSO Ducati 1'33.826 1.051 0.098
9 42 Alex RINS Suzuki 1'33.874 1.099 0.048
10 35 Cal CRUTCHLOW Honda 1'33.907 1.132 0.033
11 41 Aleix ESPARGARO Aprilia 1'33.950 1.175 0.043
12 5 Johann ZARCO KTM 1'33.956 1.181 0.006
13 30 Takaaki NAKAGAMI Honda 1'33.998 1.223 0.042
14 63 Francesco BAGNAIA Ducati 1'34.003 1.228 0.005
15 51 Michele PIRRO Ducati 1'34.062 1.287 0.059
16 43 Jack MILLER Ducati 1'34.070 1.295 0.008
17 99 Jorge LORENZO Honda 1'34.139 1.364 0.069
18 53 Tito RABAT Ducati 1'34.206 1.431 0.067
19 36 Joan MIR Suzuki 1'34.229 1.454 0.023
20 88 Miguel OLIVEIRA KTM 1'34.362 1.587 0.133
21 29 Andrea IANNONE Aprilia 1'34.381 1.606 0.019
22 17 Karel ABRAHAM Ducati 1'34.843 2.068 0.462
23 55 Hafizh SYAHRIN KTM 1'34.935 2.160 0.092
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The Yamaha is back (in low grip conditions). Several excellent riders to put it on display.
Good news!

The KTM is on the march forward in the gap between Aprilia and Suzuki. Pol holding things down well. Oliveira and hopefully Binder in the pipe. Orange is brightening.

Did a re-watch of 2018 Misano last night. The straight fight between Lorenzo and Marquez (while Dovi led) was really interesting. Especially in the manner Jorge had the bike falling into corners. He had the Duc looking qualitatively different in the handling department. Dovi impressed, but it was this nimble footed Red #99 riding that was riveting. Aggressive! Dovisioso, hoping you feel increasingly "yourself" and fit this weekend. We could use you at the front come race time.

I miss the 2018 Honda motor. Feel free to leave the bike handling like an errant angry pig again next year HRC. Marc is 4 tenths off while working on race pace. He will be there Sunday.

Yamaha. The story. They are on "stage 4" already. 1) Change structure of their whole project (add Euro test program, personnel change, plan). 2) Shift resources to electronics and bring tire wear back to normal. 3) Engine character and further electronics development to get traction down and drive out up, spin down. Now, 4) lots of other parts/bike changes that address primarily traction and more speed. Different strategies for both Maverick and Vale. Just Rossi this weekend has at least a new exhaust, the carbon fiber swingarm, the thumb brake, and a front wheel cover a-la Duc.

And wee Quart o' Aqua on the lesser machine says "20 has plenty with a renty to make the grid denty went-a-tenty."

Sunday has potential!

10 mins FP1 FP2 highlights, incl slides/saves/shaking off followers


No longer wondering whether Yamaha really want to be there, I’m increasingly of the view that the bike and especially the Yamaha rider line up have the beating of Marquez. Ok, in the right track conditions. Keep it need and tidy, Yamaha boys.  Over race distance, nearly crashing on a regular basis isn’t the fastest way round a race track. If only Lorenzo was on the right bike to prove it. 

You are a helluva writer, I love your style. Thanks for your festival of words, much appreciated

Zara, completely agree and *****

(We are lucky to have you. And, unfortunately have picked up some detritus to disregard tossing off one stars w ick personal peeves - one can engage in things best here via just plain not regarding the *s at all)

Still curious who you are and where we got you from. But, ok w The Stig too.
Keep up the wonderful work. Cheers!