Fully aware of the unusual importance of FP2 given the high temperatures expected on Saturday afternoon, the premier class had a good few goes at a time attack to secure a top ten position. After going under the radar throughout the day, Jack Miller arrived under the spotlight with a massive rodeo ride at turn 14 but then he buckled up and headed to the top of the timesheets with two minutes remaining, ending the day three tenths of a second faster than Pecco Bagnaia.
Johann Zarco also shone quite late into the session and narrowly avoided yellow flags to make it an all-Ducati top three on the combined standings. Fabio Quartararo snuck amongst the red machines as the leading Yamaha in fourth, ahead of Jorge Martin, the rookie continuing to impress at the top end of the timesheets. FP1 leader Aleix Espargaro briefly led proceedings in FP2 as well, before dropping down to a solid sixth position, ahead of Franco Morbidelli, who avoided any further issues after repeatedly smoking it up in FP1.
Alex Rins in eighth position was only half a second off top spot, ahead of QatarGP victor Maverick Vinales. Stefan Bradl rounded out the top ten positions and is most likely to be the only Honda featured directly in Q2. Both Takaaki Nakagami and Alex Marquez showed good speed but saw the gravel trap before the checkered flag, dropping down to 15th and 16th on the timesheets. Joan Mir had a less eventful evening but the reigning world champion entered the final time attack late and his one flying lap was one tenth short of what he needed to achieve to join the provisional Q2 lineup. The Suzuki man finished the day 13th and barring a surprise turn of events in FP3, he might take another unplanned trip through Q1.