Results from the first practice session might have made for odd reading without a little context but FP2 appeared to be a more familiar sight – up until the end, that is. One thing was the same though: FP1 leader Alex Marquez took this time to find his way back to the top but a late lap earned him another headline in Jerez.
Franco Morbidelli needed no invitation to claim the top position early in the session, unusually though, the Italian also had his first crash of the season in turn nine, a hotspot for incidents in all classes. As the championship leader was returning to the pits, Marquez got as close as five hundredths of a second but failed to go top at the time.
Who did manage to do that was Fabio Quartararo, the Pons rider leading with eight minutes to go, although his glory was short-lived, Dominique Aegerter going one better as Quartararo crashed out. Aegerter kept second place at the flag, a tenth and a half behind Marquez.
Xavi Vierge posted a fantastic result for the Tech 3 project, only three tenths down on the leader and into third position in the afternoon session. Following their crashes, Quartararo dropped down to fourth and Morbidelli failed to improve on a fifth place.
Mattia Pasini will have been grateful to Tom Luthi for a tow on his fast lap, but the Italian improved further, securing sixth place all on his own. Miguel Oliveira looked promising early on but ended up seventh, four tenths down on Marquez. A pleasant surprise was Jorge Navarro, the rookie featuring near the top in the first part of the session, before dropping back to twelfth position at the end.
|3||97||Xavi VIERGE||Tech 3||1'43.351||0.230||0.072|
|13||24||Simone CORSI||Speed Up||1'43.879||0.758||0.042|
|26||89||Khairul Idham PAWI||Kalex||1'44.616||1.495||0.115|
|29||87||Remy GARDNER||Tech 3||1'45.265||2.144||0.009|
|31||47||Axel BASSANI||Speed Up||1'45.690||2.569||0.276|