2021 Mugello MotoGP FP2 Result: Bagnaia Bids For Home Glory

The sublime setting of Tuscan hills bathed in sunshine deserved some home heroes to come to the fore in FP2 and best placed to do so was Pecco Bagnaia, the Ducati man taking the lead at the last second, after showing solid race pace too. Alex Rins was keen to make amends for the poor results of late and briefly topped the session before getting demoted to second for seven hundredths of a second.

Franco Morbidelli finished the day one tenth slower than his leading compatriot, while Fabio Quartararo pushed for top honours but was hindered by traffic on a couple of flying laps and had to make do with fourth. After Miguel Oliveira topped much of the session, Brad Binder got ahead of his teammate to join the top five and demote the Portuguese rider to sixth. Takaaki Nakagami was the last rider within half a second of the leader but closely followed by Aleix Espargaro and Jack Miller. Although FP1 leader Maverick Viñales showed good speed throughout the session, a fast off-track excursion at Arrabbiata 2 halted his late attack and left him 17th on the timesheets, although his FP1 time was good enough for eighth place on the combined standings.

Johann Zarco was the only other rider who failed to go quicker than in FP1 and the Frenchman provisionally dropped out of the top 10 overall. With pleasant conditions predicted for FP3, Zarco, together with the likes of Joan Mir, Marc Marquez and Pol Espargaro should get a solid chance at bidding for Q2 places on Saturday morning. So will home favourite Valentino Rossi, although the Doctor struggled to reduce the deficit to the leader to under a second and a half after two trips through the gravel trap at San Donato.

Results:

Pos. Num. Rider Bike Time Gap 1st Prev.
1 63 Francesco BAGNAIA Ducati 1'46.147    
2 42 Alex RINS Suzuki 1'46.218 0.071 0.071
3 21 Franco MORBIDELLI Yamaha 1'46.331 0.184 0.113
4 20 Fabio QUARTARARO Yamaha 1'46.372 0.225 0.041
5 33 Brad BINDER KTM 1'46.436 0.289 0.064
6 88 Miguel OLIVEIRA KTM 1'46.584 0.437 0.148
7 30 Takaaki NAKAGAMI Honda 1'46.593 0.446 0.009
8 41 Aleix ESPARGARO Aprilia 1'46.655 0.508 0.062
9 43 Jack MILLER Ducati 1'46.688 0.541 0.033
10 5 Johann ZARCO Ducati 1'46.840 0.693 0.152
11 36 Joan MIR Suzuki 1'46.847 0.700 0.007
12 93 Marc MARQUEZ Honda 1'46.973 0.826 0.126
13 44 Pol ESPARGARO Honda 1'46.986 0.839 0.013
14 51 Michele PIRRO Ducati 1'47.107 0.960 0.121
15 9 Danilo PETRUCCI KTM 1'47.129 0.982 0.022
16 10 Luca MARINI Ducati 1'47.154 1.007 0.025
17 12 Maverick VIÑALES Yamaha 1'47.195 1.048 0.041
18 73 Alex MARQUEZ Honda 1'47.326 1.179 0.131
19 23 Enea BASTIANINI Ducati 1'47.480 1.333 0.154
20 32 Lorenzo SAVADORI Aprilia 1'47.668 1.521 0.188
21 46 Valentino ROSSI Yamaha 1'47.719 1.572 0.051
22 27 Iker LECUONA KTM 1'47.792 1.645 0.073
Round Number: 
6
2021
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Some moron thinks we would rather watch Davide Tardozzi's heart rate than motorcycle racing. Very difficult to imagine wtf Dorna TV must be thinking. It's as if they don't know what racing is. Worst coverage of anything I've ever witnessed.  What a disaster. I'm so disgusted I'd better stop...

Maybe you'd rather watch someone watch racing than watch racing yourself but I wouldn't. They use any excuse or none at all NOT to show live action on the track. I couldn't care less what the back of someone's head looks like as they watch racing, just show the live racing. It's not complicated but it seems too difficult for whomever it is that has the job.

Frankie - 3rd fastest lap time, SLOWEST top speed w a handful of KPH between him and the next slowest. Pirro topped the speed charts, the gap between him and Frankie? Huge 358k to 340k. Btw, the other side of the Aqua garage is focusing on a new part in development. A hook to hang leathers on for long periods. Sorry if inconsiderate, but feeling no nostalgia. Petronas are staying Yamaha. Here come 8 Ducatis and you know who, just what we needed. Blergh. If we can't have two more Suzukis, at least we get additional bikes on the grid and another Manu has joined the pace from Europe. All eyes on three new Aprilia riders? Once the 2019 Ducs get replaced w the 2020/2021's there will be a grid next year tip to tail complete with real deal bikes (if you include the Hondas. Am I the only one taking satisfaction in their self inflicted shitery as long as the riders are ok?). Have we ever had a whole grid of great bikes before even once? Let alone of such relative diversity. Welcome Aprilia. 

Orange is back! Is it just this track or surface and conditions, or are they wrapping their Austrian heads around the tires? Hope they are out of their drought. Top speed is matching the Ducatis nearly exactly. Let's see the corner speed and lines now. Something really interesting is going on. Will go look into it, but does anyone have insight yet re KTM right now?

Rins, who goes well here, says Suzuki is ready to run something brand new that is a secret weapon. I think it is a shape shifter. Stay aboard the bike mate, keep a bit of cool in your head. You seem to be at a crossroads for your career. Hang in there until the tires change this Winter. Literally, hang in there Sunday and finish without unforced error for a tumble. Prove us all wrong. Notice your head getting grabby and excitement needing slight tempering of ground. If you are leaving Earthly orbit, take balanced contact patches with you. It can become consciously known. There may then be a small change in riding style unearthed there for you? 

That one second of 46.5 to 47.5 looks like the pace. Five riders not on it. A similar handful just out in front of it. The inline fours are there on one lap pace, but in the race the Red and Orange bikes are going to have a bigger strategy advantage. 

Thinking tires. Unpopular to say these days, but respect to Michelin engineers for coming up with such a sticky tire that holds up to the end. Isn't that the DNA thing with Michelins? Longevity? Just this week mounted a new set of their rubber and scrubbed it. The Triumph still has race Pirellis, which are a familiar comfort. That wear out really quickly. Back years ago, the feel and flickability offered brought me from Dunlop. Hated the Bridgestones, and hardly anyone was running Michelins. Times have certainly changed on the feel end of things with Michelin, but they still last! Facing a decision on the Triumph, next set may be full circle to Dunlop. Anyhoo, surely the 2022 MotoGP front will have less drastic compound difference between L and R  assymetry. Can we expect a slightly harder option for both fronts and rears too? Doesn't look like the carcass will be getting any firmer. Are symmetrical dry tires a thing of the past? Surely the front is about to change though, and this will be good for everyone. Even Yamaha, just less so.

Go Pecco!

Faster again! Free practice 2 times getting close to Marc Marquez's pole position time from the last visit to Mugello!

Marc is still flying despite a damaged wing. But 11 other riders are even faster. On all six different bikes they are faster than the master.

Frankie Morbidelli fast laptime without the top speed. Pirro did 357.6 km/h Frankie did "only" 339.6 on the vintage M1. So 18 kilometres per hour difference. 11 miles per hour down on the fast part & Morbidelli made up for that in those beautiful bends!

Suzuki have brought something, they will need it. No Suzukis in Q2 last time in Tuscany in 2019. Back then the gixxerrrr's top speed was 341.8 or so, now Rins 352.9 and the current champion 351.7 i.e. very close and definitely quicker than before.

KTM to has something new. A new steel pipe frame and fuel was also mentioned. Is that within the rules? Good to see Binder & Miguel faster again after a tough start to this year. I could be wrong about KTM that info came from crash.net. They quote Brad Binder, lets see if this is confirmed. Even Iker Lecuona has good top speed if not a competitive laptime.

Yes https://www.motogp.com/en/videos/2021/05/28/renewed-confidence-at-ktm-th...

Go Pecco, Jacko, Zarco & Pirro the quattro cavalieri!