Buriram MotoGP: Dovizioso beats Vinales in FP2, Lorenzo crashes

Andrea Dovizioso topped second practice for the inaugural Thailand MotoGP race as Ducati team-mate Jorge Lorenzo suffered a huge crash midway through the session

Buriram MotoGP: Dovizioso beats Vinales in FP2, Lorenzo crashes

Honda's Marc Marquez wasted no time in setting fast laps when the session got underway, immediately moving to the top of the timesheets with a 1m31.904s flyer before posting a 1m31.188s lap to move further clear of the chasing pack.

That time remained unbeaten until the final four minutes, when FP1 pacesetter Maverick Vinales improved by just 0.067 seconds to seize top spot.

Dovizioso then managed to go quicker still, breaking the 1m31.1s barrier to end the session with the fastest time.

His time of 1m31.090s was still more than a second slower than what Dani Pedrosa managed in pre-season testing earlier this year.

Behind Dovizioso and Vinales, LCR's Cal Crutchlow ended up third-fastest, knocking Marquez back with a late 1m31.164s effort.

Marquez experimented with the soft rear tyre for his final run but was unable to improve on his previous benchmark, ending up 0.050s quicker than Danilo Petrucci in fifth and a further 0.018s clear of top Suzuki rider Andrea Iannone.

Alvaro Bautista was classified seventh ahead of Pedrosa, who shadowed Marquez in a factory Honda 1-2 in the early part of the session before slipping down the order.

Yamaha's Valentino Rossi finished ninth fastest, less than three tenths off his team-mate, while the top 10 was completed by Tech3 rider Johann Zarco.

Lorenzo, who ended up 16th fastest, was braking into the Turn 3 right-hander when he suddenly lost control of his Ducati, suffering a scary highside crash that left his bike torn into half.

The Spaniard was able to sit down without assistance but needed a stretcher to be escorted to the medical centre for precautionary checks.

It remains unclear if he aggravated injuries - which include a dislocated toe and a fractured bone in his right leg - that he sustained in a similar highside at the start at Aragon a fortnight ago, although he was declared fit after his FP2 crash.

Xavier Simeon crashed at the same corner minutes later, bringing out a brief red flag as marshals cleared debris and oil from the track.

FP2 times

Pos Rider Team Bike Time Gap Laps
1 Andrea Dovizioso Ducati Ducati 1m31.090s - 21
2 Maverick Vinales Yamaha Yamaha 1m31.121s 0.031s 23
3 Cal Crutchlow LCR Honda Honda 1m31.164s 0.074s 22
4 Marc Marquez Honda Honda 1m31.188s 0.098s 23
5 Danilo Petrucci Pramac Ducati Ducati 1m31.238s 0.148s 18
6 Andrea Iannone Suzuki Suzuki 1m31.256s 0.166s 19
7 Alvaro Bautista Aspar Ducati Ducati 1m31.378s 0.288s 24
8 Dani Pedrosa Honda Honda 1m31.385s 0.295s 24
9 Valentino Rossi Yamaha Yamaha 1m31.398s 0.308s 23
10 Johann Zarco Tech3 Yamaha Yamaha 1m31.421s 0.331s 24
11 Jack Miller Pramac Ducati Ducati 1m31.486s 0.396s 16
12 Franco Morbidelli MVDS Honda Honda 1m31.647s 0.557s 24
13 Takaaki Nakagami LCR Honda Honda 1m31.714s 0.624s 26
14 Bradley Smith KTM KTM 1m31.841s 0.751s 20
15 Alex Rins Suzuki Suzuki 1m31.929s 0.839s 25
16 Jorge Lorenzo Ducati Ducati 1m32.027s 0.937s 11
17 Aleix Espargaro Aprilia Aprilia 1m32.067s 0.977s 19
18 Hafizh Syahrin Tech3 Yamaha Yamaha 1m32.177s 1.087s 22
19 Karel Abraham Aspar Ducati Ducati 1m32.403s 1.313s 19
20 Pol Espargaro KTM KTM 1m32.475s 1.385s 21
21 Scott Redding Aprilia Aprilia 1m32.650s 1.560s 10
22 Thomas Luthi MVDS Honda Honda 1m32.661s 1.571s 22
23 Xavier Simeon Avintia Ducati Ducati 1m32.989s 1.899s 18
24 Jordi Torres Avintia Ducati Ducati 1m33.503s 2.413s 19

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