A bit of sunshine over Motorland Aragon managed to heat up the surface to a generous (by comparison to FP1) 20 degrees of temperature and this came with inevitably quick improvements over this morning’s benchmark. Yamaha were quick to reclaim the top positions on the timing screens, with Maverick Vinales once again the quickest of the lot and the only rider in the 1:47s. Fabio Quartararo followed, two tenths behind, with teammate Franco Morbidelli as the final rider within half a second of the leader.
Joan Mir briefly dethroned the Yamahas but had to make do with fourth in the end, ahead of the Honda of Cal Crutchlow. Aleix Espargaro impressed in sixth, finishing ahead of brother Pol Espargaro, the two only separated by seven hundredths of a second. Alex Marquez looked pretty handy around the home track too and climbed into eighth on his final flying lap – one second down on Vinales’ time, while one thousandth of a second faster than Takaaki Nakagami.
Alex Rins secured a crucial final top ten position to the detriment of the entire Ducati contingent, who struggled to secure Q2 spots despite the improved conditions. Johann Zarco looked like he had the best chance but a late crash at turn 2 proved costly and pushed him out of the top ten in the closing stages of FP2. He was very closely followed on the timesheets by Tito Rabat, Andrea Dovizioso, Jack Miller and Danilo Petrucci, while Pecco Bagnaia seemed to struggle most, down in 19th.