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.