Barcelona MotoGP: Jorge Lorenzo fastest, Marc Marquez crashes

Ducati MotoGP rider Jorge Lorenzo set the pace in the second Friday practice at Barcelona, as championship leader Marc Marquez was among the fallers in an incident-packed session

Barcelona MotoGP: Jorge Lorenzo fastest, Marc Marquez crashes

Future Honda team-mates Marquez and Lorenzo had traded the top spot several times in the opening minutes of the session, before Lorenzo finally settled in the top spot with a 1m39.817s effort.

The pair remained the only riders with times below 1m40s for most of the session, until Yamaha's Maverick Vinales fired in a 1m39.652s using fresh softs with five minutes left on the clock.

Vinales was soon surpassed by LCR Honda's Cal Crutchlow, who lapped just 0.002 seconds slower than Valentino Rossi's morning-topping effort - before Lorenzo smashed Rossi's weekend benchmark with a 1m38.930s.

He came up a tenth short of improving with his next effort but held on to the top spot anyway, with Suzuki's Andrea Iannone slotting into second, 0.107s off.

Vinales improved to third place, heading Lorenzo's Ducati team-mate Andrea Dovizioso, Crutchlow and Pramac Ducati rider Danilo Petrucci.

Tech3 Yamaha's Johann Zarco, who crashed at the Turn 5 left-hander almost immediately at the start of the session, recovered to finish seventh, with his team-mate Hafizh Syahrin ninth, the duo split by works Honda rider Dani Pedrosa.

Avintia Ducati's Tito Rabat was 10th ahead of Rossi, but the Yamaha rider is still on course to automatically progress to Q2 by virtue of his practice one time.

The same cannot be said for Marquez, who dropped to 12th in the session and on combined Friday times having fallen at the long Turn 4 right-hander in the closing minutes of the session.

Other riders to crash were KTM's Pol Espargaro, Suzuki riders Alex Rins, Scott Redding (Aprilia) and Marc VDS Honda rookie Franco Morbidelli.

Mika Kallio led the KTMs in 13th on the prototype RC16, while Aleix Espargaro was the top Aprilia in a lowly 19th, his session punctuated by an on-track quarrel with Aprilia-bound Iannone after the pair ran each other off the road at Turn 1.

FP2 times

Pos Rider Team Bike Time Gap Laps
1 Jorge Lorenzo Ducati Ducati 1m38.930s - 17
2 Andrea Iannone Suzuki Suzuki 1m39.037s 0.107s 20
3 Maverick Vinales Yamaha Yamaha 1m39.422s 0.492s 20
4 Andrea Dovizioso Ducati Ducati 1m39.443s 0.513s 18
5 Cal Crutchlow LCR Honda Honda 1m39.458s 0.528s 18
6 Danilo Petrucci Pramac Ducati Ducati 1m39.619s 0.689s 20
7 Johann Zarco Tech3 Yamaha Yamaha 1m39.633s 0.703s 18
8 Dani Pedrosa Honda Honda 1m39.655s 0.725s 21
9 Hafizh Syahrin Tech3 Yamaha Yamaha 1m39.782s 0.852s 20
10 Tito Rabat Avintia Ducati Ducati 1m39.851s 0.921s 21
11 Valentino Rossi Yamaha Yamaha 1m39.989s 1.059s 20
12 Marc Marquez Honda Honda 1m39.990s 1.060s 17
13 Mika Kallio KTM KTM 1m40.004s 1.074s 21
14 Alvaro Bautista Aspar Ducati Ducati 1m40.265s 1.335s 21
15 Bradley Smith KTM KTM 1m40.309s 1.379s 18
16 Alex Rins Suzuki Suzuki 1m40.399s 1.469s 20
17 Takaaki Nakagami LCR Honda Honda 1m40.450s 1.520s 20
18 Pol Espargaro KTM KTM 1m40.508s 1.578s 17
19 Aleix Espargaro Aprilia Aprilia 1m40.541s 1.611s 17
20 Jack Miller Pramac Ducati Ducati 1m40.608s 1.678s 19
21 Xavier Simeon Avintia Ducati Ducati 1m40.697s 1.767s 19
22 Franco Morbidelli MVDS Honda Honda 1m40.728s 1.798s 17
23 Scott Redding Aprilia Aprilia 1m40.815s 1.885s 18
24 Thomas Luthi MVDS Honda Honda 1m40.975s 2.045s 20
25 Sylvain Guintoli Suzuki Suzuki 1m41.229s 2.299s 18
26 Karel Abraham Aspar Ducati Ducati 1m41.361s 2.431s 19

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