Italian GP: Pramac Ducati's Bagnaia tops MotoGP second practice

Pramac Ducati rookie Francesco Bagnaia moved to the top of the times in second practice for this weekend's Italian Grand Prix at Mugello, ahead of fellow MotoGP newcomer Fabio Quartararo

Italian GP: Pramac Ducati's Bagnaia tops MotoGP second practice

Bagnaia's best time of 1m46.732s came in the dying seconds of the Friday afternoon session as most riders opted to close out the day with a new soft rear tyre run.

Honda's Marc Marquez was one of the riders who opted against a new soft rear tyre and surpassed his own FP1 benchmark on only his second flying lap, setting a 1m47.062s that went unchallenged until the closing stages.

With six minutes left on the clock, Danilo Petrucci deposed the Honda rider by setting a 1m47.012s, before KTM's Pol Espargaro went fastest and became the first to break into the 1m46s range.

Petrucci responded with a 1m46.863s moments later, but that was then beaten by Quartararo's 1m46.778s on the Petronas Yamaha and then Bagnaia's last-ditch session-topping effort.

That meant Petrucci ended up third ahead of Espargaro, while Maverick Vinales was the fifth and final rider to crack the 1m47s barrier on the best of the works Yamahas.

Marquez's early lap was still good enough for sixth, followed by Alex Rins' Suzuki, Cal Crutchlow's LCR Honda and Jack Miller's Pramac Ducati.

Franco Morbidelli completed the top 10 and the provisional Q2 positions on the second Petronas SRT bike, fractionally ahead of Andrea Dovizioso's Ducati in 11th.

Johann Zarco was 12th on his KTM despite becoming the first to crash this weekend with a late fall at the sweeping Palagio left-hander.

That was soon followed by Miller running into the gravel and crashing at the following bend, Correntaio.

Aleix Espargaro once again led Aprilia's efforts, albeit down in 16th after ending up fifth in FP1.

Valentino Rossi was nearly a full second off the pace in 18th place.

Jorge Lorenzo was a lowly 20th on the second works Honda, 1.382s slower than Bagnaia.

Practice two times

Pos Rider Team Time Gap Laps
1 Francesco Bagnaia Pramac Ducati 1m46.732s - 16
2 Fabio Quartararo Petronas Yamaha 1m46.778s 0.046s 18
3 Danilo Petrucci Ducati 1m46.863s 0.131s 19
4 Pol Espargaro KTM 1m46.966s 0.234s 17
5 Maverick Vinales Yamaha 1m46.973s 0.241s 20
6 Marc Marquez Honda 1m47.062s 0.330s 19
7 Alex Rins Suzuki 1m47.167s 0.435s 21
8 Cal Crutchlow LCR Honda 1m47.170s 0.438s 17
9 Jack Miller Pramac Ducati 1m47.185s 0.453s 15
10 Franco Morbidelli Petronas Yamaha 1m47.268s 0.536s 19
11 Andrea Dovizioso Ducati 1m47.347s 0.615s 18
12 Johann Zarco KTM 1m47.419s 0.687s 13
13 Michele Pirro Ducati 1m47.421s 0.689s 17
14 Takaaki Nakagami LCR Honda 1m47.483s 0.751s 19
15 Joan Mir Suzuki 1m47.579s 0.847s 20
16 Aleix Espargaro Aprilia 1m47.612s 0.880s 14
17 Tito Rabat Avintia Ducati 1m47.686s 0.954s 18
18 Valentino Rossi Yamaha 1m47.726s 0.994s 19
19 Andrea Iannone Aprilia 1m47.887s 1.155s 16
20 Jorge Lorenzo Honda 1m48.114s 1.382s 17
21 Karel Abraham Avintia Ducati 1m48.146s 1.414s 15
22 Hafizh Syahrin Tech3 KTM 1m48.496s 1.764s 16
23 Miguel Oliveira Tech3 KTM 1m48.914s 2.182s 20

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