MotoGP Aragon: Points leader Marquez beats Ducati pair in FP2

Championship leader Marc Marquez led the way in second practice for Sunday's Aragon MotoGP round

MotoGP Aragon: Points leader Marquez beats Ducati pair in FP2

Marquez outpaced future Honda team-mate Jorge Lorenzo by 0.138 seconds in a late-session dash.

Suzuki's Andrea Iannone had set the early pace with a 1m48.381s, and remained out front for almost the whole 45-minute duration of FP2, as leading riders focused on getting mileage with the sturdier hard rear tyre.

But when Ducati's Andrea Dovizioso emerged on the soft front and soft rear in the closing minutes, the Italian beat his former team-mate's benchmark by more than half a second at the first attempt, setting a new best lap of the weekend - a 1m47.835s.

LCR Honda's Cal Crutchlow had been even quicker after three sectors, but following Dovizioso across the line came up 0.027s short.

However, fellow Honda rider Marquez then fired in a 1m47.382s to end the day quickest. As the chequered flag flew, Lorenzo vaulted up from 11th to second, demoting his works Ducati team-mate Dovizioso another spot.

Crutchlow settled for fourth, while Iannone improved at the chequered flag to snatch fifth place back from Pramac Ducati's Danilo Petrucci.

Honda's Dani Pedrosa and Nieto Ducati rider Alvaro Bautista followed in seventh and eighth respectively, although both were already more than a second off Marquez's pace.

The factory Yamaha team underwhelmed, but both Valentino Rossi and Maverick Vinales sneaked into the combined classification top 10, which will determine automatic progression to the Q2 pole position shootout session after FP3 on Saturday.

Rossi was ninth, while Vinales stole 10th place at the death by a tenth from Marc VDS Honda rider Franco Morbidelli.

Two frequent Q2 participants - Suzuki factory rider Alex Rins and Tech3 Yamaha's Johann Zarco - struggled in 16th and 17th respectively.

Avintia debutant Jordi Torres improved on his FP1 showing, lapping 3.7s off Marquez's pace.

FP2 times

Pos Rider Team Bike Time Gap Laps
1 Marc Marquez Honda Honda 1m47.382s - 19
2 Jorge Lorenzo Ducati Ducati 1m47.520s 0.138s 15
3 Andrea Dovizioso Ducati Ducati 1m47.835s 0.453s 19
4 Cal Crutchlow LCR Honda Honda 1m47.862s 0.480s 17
5 Andrea Iannone Suzuki Suzuki 1m47.919s 0.537s 20
6 Danilo Petrucci Pramac Ducati Ducati 1m48.134s 0.752s 19
7 Dani Pedrosa Honda Honda 1m48.389s 1.007s 19
8 Alvaro Bautista Aspar Ducati Ducati 1m48.452s 1.070s 19
9 Valentino Rossi Yamaha Yamaha 1m48.501s 1.119s 19
10 Maverick Vinales Yamaha Yamaha 1m48.552s 1.170s 18
11 Franco Morbidelli MVDS Honda Honda 1m48.654s 1.272s 16
12 Jack Miller Pramac Ducati Ducati 1m48.680s 1.298s 17
13 Aleix Espargaro Aprilia Aprilia 1m48.808s 1.426s 13
14 Pol Espargaro KTM KTM 1m48.850s 1.468s 16
15 Bradley Smith KTM KTM 1m48.861s 1.479s 17
16 Alex Rins Suzuki Suzuki 1m48.902s 1.520s 20
17 Johann Zarco Tech3 Yamaha Yamaha 1m48.997s 1.615s 19
18 Karel Abraham Aspar Ducati Ducati 1m49.016s 1.634s 16
19 Takaaki Nakagami LCR Honda Honda 1m49.123s 1.741s 19
20 Scott Redding Aprilia Aprilia 1m49.441s 2.059s 16
21 Thomas Luthi MVDS Honda Honda 1m49.690s 2.308s 18
22 Xavier Simeon Avintia Ducati Ducati 1m49.925s 2.543s 18
23 Hafizh Syahrin Tech3 Yamaha Yamaha 1m49.937s 2.555s 17
24 Jordi Torres Avintia Ducati Ducati 1m51.081s 3.699s 17


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