The premier class did not have an easy afternoon, with rain arriving once more just ahead of FP2, so they stood no chance of changing the top 10 configuration from the morning session. Given the moody forecast, riders were keen to put in a solid run on rain tyres and some of the names you’d expect were towards the top end of the timesheets. The Ducatis seemed to be enjoying the ride the most, Johann Zarco taking top spot away from Pecco Bagnaia in the final couple of laps, with Jack Miller dropping to third after leading for much of the session. Joan Mir was their first challenger, the world champion climbing up to fourth, ahead of rain aficionado Marc Marquez.
Miguel Oliveira made a late jump into the top 6 but over a second slower than the leader, with Danilo Petrucci obviously in his element in the difficult conditions and stepping up to seventh position. Aleix Espargaro was the sole Aprilia in the top 10, ahead of Iker Lecuona, who had made a fast start in soaking wet conditions but his progress was then halted by a big crash at turn 1. Alex Marquez rounded out the top 10 places in the session ahead of Alex Rins and wildcard Michele Pirro.
The returning Franco Morbidelli was the lead Yamaha but down in 13th place, 1.7 seconds off top spot and four tenths quicker than teammate Fabio Quartararo. The Frenchman ended the day down in 18th position, right behind Maverick Vinales, although the new Aprilia signing kept top spot on the combined standings with his dry FP1 time.