Hector Barbera fastest in wet MotoGP Sachsenring FP2 with late lap

Avintia Ducati rider Hector Barbera topped the second MotoGP practice session at a wet Sachsenring, beating Marc Marquez by less than a tenth of a second

Hector Barbera fastest in wet MotoGP Sachsenring FP2 with late lap

A short, sharp shower right before the start of the session forced riders to start on wet tyres.

The field soon started to switch to slicks as the track began to dry, only for another period of torrential rain to arrive and soak the track again.

Marquez was one of a handful of drivers to sneak a lap in on drys before the rain returned and set a 1m29.472s to snatch top spot from Honda team-mate Pedrosa, who had previously led the early stages.

He remained at the top for the majority of the remainder of the session, before the track dried sufficiently to allow riders to make improvements in the last 10 minutes.

Pramac Ducati rider Danilo Petrucci was first to shoot to the top of the times, before Aprilia's Aleix Espargaro and then points leader Andrea Dovizioso demoted him.

Marquez rocketed back to the top of the pile with a 1m28.451s, a time on which he twice improved, but Barbera eventually outpaced him to end the session fastest by 0.063 seconds with a best time of 1m28.115s.

Marquez settled for second ahead of Pedrosa, with he and fourth-place man Petrucci recording identical times of 1m28.468s.

Aleix Espargaro was fifth ahead of LCR Honda's Cal Crutchlow, with Ducati rider Dovizioso best placed of the works Ducatis.

Jonas Folger was eighth, with his Tech 3 Yamaha team-mate Johann Zarco the only rider to crash in the session as he fell during the second rain shower.

Sam Lowes brought a second Aprilia into the top 10 in ninth, ahead of the second works Ducati Jorge Lorenzo.

The factory Yamaha riders had a low-key session, with Valentino Rossi and Maverick Vinales only 15th and 20th.

SECOND PRACTICE RESULTS:

Pos Rider Team Bike Time Gap Laps
1 Hector Barbera Avintia Ducati Ducati 1m28.115s - 26
2 Marc Marquez Honda Honda 1m28.178s 0.063s 27
3 Dani Pedrosa Honda Honda 1m28.468s 0.353s 28
4 Danilo Petrucci Pramac Ducati Ducati 1m28.468s 0.353s 27
5 Aleix Espargaro Aprilia Aprilia 1m28.527s 0.412s 23
6 Cal Crutchlow LCR Honda Honda 1m28.616s 0.501s 19
7 Andrea Dovizioso Ducati Ducati 1m28.753s 0.638s 24
8 Jonas Folger Tech3 Yamaha Yamaha 1m28.988s 0.873s 26
9 Sam Lowes Aprilia Aprilia 1m28.994s 0.879s 17
10 Jorge Lorenzo Ducati Ducati 1m29.017s 0.902s 20
11 Alvaro Bautista Aspar Ducati Ducati 1m29.076s 0.961s 19
12 Pol Espargaro KTM KTM 1m29.321s 1.206s 27
13 Loris Baz Avintia Ducati Ducati 1m29.364s 1.249s 21
14 Mika Kallio KTM KTM 1m29.446s 1.331s 21
15 Valentino Rossi Yamaha Yamaha 1m29.549s 1.434s 22
16 Jack Miller MVDS Honda Honda 1m29.586s 1.471s 19
17 Karel Abraham Aspar Ducati Ducati 1m29.774s 1.659s 18
18 Johann Zarco Tech3 Yamaha Yamaha 1m29.927s 1.812s 26
19 Bradley Smith KTM KTM 1m29.972s 1.857s 22
20 Maverick Vinales Yamaha Yamaha 1m30.017s 1.902s 23
21 Scott Redding Pramac Ducati Ducati 1m30.017s 1.902s 23
22 Alex Rins Suzuki Suzuki 1m30.342s 2.227s 21
23 Tito Rabat MVDS Honda Honda 1m30.508s 2.393s 30
24 Andrea Iannone Suzuki Suzuki 1m30.559s 2.444s 20


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