The plotline for FP2 ended up fairly similar to the first session of the day, with Alex Marquez setting camp at the top of the timesheets and holding on until the usual time attack, although the gap was not quite as comfortable as in the morning. Regardless, the championship leader maintained prime position for a significant portion of the session and showed quietly confident pace, with his main challengers in close pursuit. With question marks around the weather on Saturday morning, the final five minutes were reserved for a push for the combined top 14.
The end result was not too dramatic, Jorge Martin finding enough time on fresh rubber to demote Marquez – the rookie no longer a surprise on the top spot of timesheets. Tetsuta Nagashima followed through on a top result in FP1 by sneaking ahead of Marquez at the checkered flag and snatching second away from the Spaniard. Marquez settled for third, three and a half tenths behind the leading KTM and about a tenth ahead of rival Brad Binder, who made a late jump into fourth. Jorge Navarro joined the top five, narrowly ahead of Tom Luthi – the title rivals keeping close heading into a crucial point in the championship.
Rookie Fabio Di Giannantonio found his feet after a difficult few races and climbed to seventh in FP2, ahead of the significantly more experienced duo of Xavi Vierge and Mattia Pasini, while Augusto Fernandez went a bit under the radar at the bottom end of the top ten. The final provisional top 14 positions were secured by Sam Lowes, Marcel Schrotter, Remy Gardner and Luca Marini, leaving Marco Bezzecchi, Iker Lecuona, Enea Bastianini or Lorenzo Baldassarri out of the equation for Q2.
|5||9||Jorge NAVARRO||Speed Up||2'06.503||0.535||0.046|
|7||21||Fabio DI GIANNANTONIO||Speed Up||2'06.581||0.613||0.027|
|20||77||Dominique AEGERTER||MV Agusta||2'07.314||1.346||0.146|
|23||62||Stefano MANZI||MV Agusta||2'07.726||1.758||0.207|
|28||20||Dimas EKKY PRATAMA||Kalex||2'09.017||3.049||0.443|