2019 Phillip Island MotoGP FP2 Result: Veni Vidi Viñales

A gloriously sunny Friday afternoon in Phillip Island wiped off the memory of the morning’s washout but it still left the premier class frantically cramming the pursuit of the perfect setup and stringing together a fast lap in a single 45 minute practice session. Maverick Viñales was eager to impress before rain and wind steal the show once again on Saturday and the Spaniard took the reins of the session early on, only conceding briefly to Danilo Petrucci and Marc Marquez mid session. The Yamaha man ended the day nearly half a second faster than the competition and as the only man to dip into the 1:28s – not too shabby on pace either.

Andrea Dovizioso only really made an impression on the top ten once he swapped to time attack mode and it propelled him into second position on the final lap, only five thousandths of a second ahead of Cal Crutchlow. The LCR man found himself as the lead Honda in quite a while, separating a Ducati trio by holding off Petrucci by only two thousands and Jack Miller by another minimal gap.

Unlike many of his rivals, Marquez (and the Hondas in general) were more keen on hard tyres from the off and the world champion got faster the older his tyres got. Marquez demonstrated decent pace but when it was time to demonstrate his speed, he came across a slowly-moving garage-sharing obstacle that stopped him from improving any higher than sixth on the final flying lap.

Valentino Rossi left it late to make some noise but it was loud enough for seventh, closely followed by Alex Rins and with Franco Morbidelli a bit further back. Aleix Espargaro snatched the final provisional top ten spot from an unlucky Joan Mir, who had looked pretty good throughout the session. Pol Espargaro’s chances to challenge for Q2 spots got halted in the last three minutes, when the Spaniard took a rapid but ultimately harmless tumble through the gravel trap at turn 8. Meanwhile, Johann Zarco’s first dry outing on the Honda saw him finish 15th, a second and a half off top spot and quarter of a second faster than Jorge Lorenzo.

The notable absentee of FP2 was Fabio Quartararo, the Frenchman missing out on crucial dry running after he was forced to sit out the session following the heavy tumble in FP1 that filled him with painkillers for a left ankle hematoma.

Results:

Pos. Num. Rider Bike Time Gap 1st Prev.
1 12 Maverick VIÑALES Yamaha 1'28.824    
2 4 Andrea DOVIZIOSO Ducati 1'29.320 0.496 0.496
3 35 Cal CRUTCHLOW Honda 1'29.325 0.501 0.005
4 9 Danilo PETRUCCI Ducati 1'29.327 0.503 0.002
5 43 Jack MILLER Ducati 1'29.344 0.520 0.017
6 93 Marc MARQUEZ Honda 1'29.421 0.597 0.077
7 46 Valentino ROSSI Yamaha 1'29.436 0.612 0.015
8 42 Alex RINS Suzuki 1'29.472 0.648 0.036
9 21 Franco MORBIDELLI Yamaha 1'29.718 0.894 0.246
10 41 Aleix ESPARGARO Aprilia 1'29.791 0.967 0.073
11 36 Joan MIR Suzuki 1'29.875 1.051 0.084
12 17 Karel ABRAHAM Ducati 1'29.997 1.173 0.122
13 29 Andrea IANNONE Aprilia 1'30.170 1.346 0.173
14 63 Francesco BAGNAIA Ducati 1'30.426 1.602 0.256
15 5 Johann ZARCO Honda 1'30.441 1.617 0.015
16 99 Jorge LORENZO Honda 1'30.706 1.882 0.265
17 44 Pol ESPARGARO KTM 1'30.859 2.035 0.153
18 82 Mika KALLIO KTM 1'30.865 2.041 0.006
19 55 Hafizh SYAHRIN KTM 1'30.940 2.116 0.075
20 88 Miguel OLIVEIRA KTM 1'31.404 2.580 0.464
21 53 Tito RABAT Ducati 1'31.459 2.635 0.055
  20 Fabio QUARTARARO Yamaha      
Round Number: 
17
2019
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Comments

Thanks Zara.

Five different manufacturers in the top ten. Good crowd of happy punters.

Was great to have the sun come out this arvo.

Jorge Lorenzo & Marc ran into each other at the end, team mates eh. They may not be dining at the same table tonight or anytime soon.

Day 1 and he's quicker than Lorenzo.  It'll be interesting to see how he goes for QP and the race itself.

and it will likely only get better for Zarco. I like the guy and only wish him the best.

But don't forget, he is on the 2018 version of the machine, and JL99 was quick on that machine, too, in initial postseason testing.

A tweet from Ben Spies: " I thought he (Zarco) would be. Jorges speed is his head and like the first year on the Ducati he’s struggling for that feel. If people think he can’t find it that’s ridiculous. The question is does he want to go down that road again to get back.. "