Jorge Lorenzo fastest again with late lap in Jerez MotoGP FP2

Jorge Lorenzo left it late to stamp his early authority on the third round of the MotoGP season at Jerez by topping Friday's second practice session

Jorge Lorenzo fastest again with late lap in Jerez MotoGP FP2

The Yamaha rider - who confirmed his 2017 move to Ducati earlier this week - topped the morning session and led the afternoon order early.

His time of 1m40.005s was eclipsed by Marc Marquez 10 minutes in, and the Honda rider's 1m39.900s looked set to be enough entering the closing stages.

On his final run, Lorenzo improved to a 1m39.957s to half Marquez's advantage, before going faster again to 1m39.555s.

He stayed 0.345 seconds clear of the field, with MotoGP championship leader Marquez finishing the day second on used tyres.

Suzuki tried fairing winglets on his challenger for the first time on Aleix Espargaro's bike, but the Spaniard did not have them on when he set the third-fastest time as the chequered flag flew.

Espargaro's effort was 0.538s down on Lorenzo and while the top three was spread out, one second essentially covered the next 10 riders, down to Cal Crutchlow in 13th.

Hector Barbera continued his strong start for Avintia Ducati with the fourth-fastest time, ahead of Valentino Rossi and Maverick Vinales.

Andrea Dovizioso was the best of the factory Ducatis in seventh, with team-mate Andrea Iannone struggling in 11th place, a further three tenths off the pace.

Like Suzuki, Aprilia ran with winglets for the first time - completing the set of MotoGP manufacturers to do so - with Stefan Bradl 15th fastest.

The only rider to fall during the session, doing so late at the final corner, Barbera's team-mate Loris Baz wound up 17th.

PRACTICE TWO TIMES

Pos Rider Team Bike Time Gap Laps
1 Jorge Lorenzo Yamaha Yamaha 1m39.555s - 18
2 Marc Marquez Honda Honda 1m39.900s 0.345s 18
3 Aleix Espargaro Suzuki Suzuki 1m40.093s 0.538s 16
4 Hector Barbera Avintia Ducati Ducati 1m40.229s 0.674s 17
5 Valentino Rossi Yamaha Yamaha 1m40.282s 0.727s 20
6 Maverick Vinales Suzuki Suzuki 1m40.448s 0.893s 22
7 Andrea Dovizioso Ducati Ducati 1m40.737s 1.182s 15
8 Scott Redding Pramac Ducati Ducati 1m40.860s 1.305s 17
9 Dani Pedrosa Honda Honda 1m40.925s 1.370s 18
10 Eugene Laverty Aspar Ducati Ducati 1m40.925s 1.370s 19
11 Andrea Iannone Ducati Ducati 1m41.017s 1.462s 19
12 Yonny Hernandez Aspar Ducati Ducati 1m41.028s 1.473s 17
13 Cal Crutchlow LCR Honda Honda 1m41.112s 1.557s 18
14 Pol Espargaro Tech3 Yamaha Yamaha 1m41.167s 1.612s 20
15 Stefan Bradl Aprilia Aprilia 1m41.178s 1.623s 19
16 Bradley Smith Tech3 Yamaha Yamaha 1m41.287s 1.732s 20
17 Loris Baz Avintia Ducati Ducati 1m41.320s 1.765s 15
18 Alvaro Bautista Aprilia Aprilia 1m41.573s 2.018s 19
19 Michele Pirro Pramac Ducati Ducati 1m41.841s 2.286s 18
20 Jack Miller Marc VDS Honda Honda 1m41.904s 2.349s 15
21 Tito Rabat Marc VDS Honda Honda 1m42.230s 2.675s 21

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