Aragon MotoGP: Dani Pedrosa top practice two, Valentino Rossi 20th

Honda rider Dani Pedrosa led Ducati's Jorge Lorenzo in the second MotoGP practice session at Aragon, while Valentino Rossi was 20th

Aragon MotoGP: Dani Pedrosa top practice two, Valentino Rossi 20th

Pedrosa posted a 1m59.858s effort, the weekend's only lap time under two minutes so far, at a damp circuit.

Track conditions at the start of the session mirrored those from the earlier first practice, and it was again Marc Marquez who prospered initially, bettering his morning benchmark with a 2m00.933s lap a third of the way into practice two.

This left him around a second clear approaching halfway point, before title rival Andrea Dovizioso mustered a lap just 0.029 seconds slower.

But Marquez responded instantly, lowering the time to 2m00.459s, with team-mate Pedrosa slotting in behind with a lap 0.083s off shortly thereafter.

The pair remained out front until the closing minutes of the session, LCR's Cal Crutchlow briefly making it a Honda 1-2-3, before Lorenzo split Marquez and Pedrosa on the timing screens.

Lorenzo's next lap, a 2m00.072s, took him to the top spot, only for Pedrosa to then breach the two-minute barrier.

Tech3 Yamaha's Johann Zarco moved up to third at the chequered flag, demoting Marquez, who had opted against a last-gasp flying lap.

Karel Abraham was fifth for Aspar Ducati, ahead of Crutchlow and Aprilia rider Sam Lowes, while Dovizioso led Espargaro brothers Aleix and Pol in eighth.

Rossi, making an earlier-than-expected return to track action this weekend after breaking his leg in late August, was mixing it among the frontrunners for much of the session, but ended up 20th, two seconds down.

His Yamaha team-mate Maverick Vinales, on the other hand, was firmly among the backmarkers before a late improvement put him 17th.

Both Vinales and Rossi are therefore outside of the top 10 on combined practice times and are not currently on course to automatically progress to Q2, although this will likely prove irrelevant if, as is expected, the weather improves drastically for Saturday's track action.

FP2 times

Pos Rider Bike Time Gap Laps
1 Dani Pedrosa Honda 1m59.858s - 10
2 Jorge Lorenzo Ducati 2m00.072s 0.214s 12
3 Johann Zarco Yamaha 2m00.320s 0.462s 16
4 Marc Marquez Honda 2m00.459s 0.601s 9
5 Karel Abraham Ducati 2m00.471s 0.613s 15
6 Cal Crutchlow Honda 2m00.482s 0.624s 13
7 Sam Lowes Aprilia 2m00.585s 0.727s 11
8 Andrea Dovizioso Ducati 2m00.962s 1.104s 6
9 Aleix Espargaro Aprilia 2m01.015s 1.157s 7
10 Pol Espargaro KTM 2m01.042s 1.184s 10
11 Alvaro Bautista Ducati 2m01.103s 1.245s 16
12 Jack Miller Honda 2m01.149s 1.291s 7
13 Bradley Smith KTM 2m01.350s 1.492s 14
14 Andrea Iannone Suzuki 2m01.471s 1.613s 11
15 Mika Kallio KTM 2m01.492s 1.634s 12
16 Scott Redding Ducati 2m01.516s 1.658s 11
17 Maverick Vinales Yamaha 2m01.632s 1.774s 12
18 Jonas Folger Yamaha 2m01.745s 1.887s 14
19 Danilo Petrucci Ducati 2m01.810s 1.952s 14
20 Valentino Rossi Yamaha 2m01.917s 2.059s 13
21 Alex Rins Suzuki 2m02.077s 2.219s 16
22 Tito Rabat Honda 2m02.392s 2.534s 18
23 Loris Baz Ducati 2m02.677s 2.819s 12
24 Hector Barbera Ducati 2m02.935s 3.077s 16


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