MotoGP Argentina: Marquez fastest in FP2, Dovizioso slowest

Marc Marquez topped the second MotoGP practice session in mixed conditions at Termas de Rio Hondo, as championship leader Andrea Dovizioso ended up last

MotoGP Argentina: Marquez fastest in FP2, Dovizioso slowest

Only seven minutes into the session the rain flags were waved, which significantly reduced track activity for the next 20 minutes.

With light rain falling for a short period of time, riders were able to run on slicks but couldn't get close to Marquez's early time of 1m40.873s.

Once the track was dry enough, Marquez rejoined and improved three times in quick succession, his 1m40.285s beating Dani Pedrosa's FP1 benchmark.

Towards the end, Marquez went nearly a second faster and topped the session with a 1m39.395s.

LCR Honda's Cal Crutchlow was the only other rider who managed to go under the 1m40s barrier, with Avintia Ducati rider Tito Rabat nearly one second off the pace in third.

Suzuki's Andrea Iannone was fourth, narrowly outpacing Dani Pedrosa and the Yamaha factory duo of Maverick Vinales and Valentino Rossi.

The second Suzuki of Alex Rins was next up, with the top eight riders all currently on course to advance to Q2.

Angel Nieto Ducati's Alvaro Bautista and Aleix Espargaro were ninth and 10th in the session.

However, the top 10 of the overall order - which includes times from FP1 - is completed by Jack Miller and Johann Zarco, 12th and 14th in FP2.

The factory Ducatis had a disappointing showing, with Jorge Lorenzo only taking 17th and Dovizioso ending up 24th, seven tenths slower than second-to-last Xavier Simeon.

FP2 times

Pos Rider Team Bike Gap Laps
1 Marc Marquez Honda Honda 1m39.395s 16
2 Cal Crutchlow LCR Honda Honda 0.404s 14
3 Tito Rabat Avintia Ducati Ducati 0.951s 18
4 Andrea Iannone Suzuki Suzuki 1.060s 17
5 Dani Pedrosa Honda Honda 1.099s 14
6 Maverick Vinales Yamaha Yamaha 1.115s 18
7 Valentino Rossi Yamaha Yamaha 1.182s 14
8 Alex Rins Suzuki Suzuki 1.197s 14
9 Alvaro Bautista Aspar Ducati Ducati 1.371s 16
10 Aleix Espargaro Aprilia Aprilia 1.405s 13
11 Scott Redding Aprilia Aprilia 1.444s 13
12 Jack Miller Pramac Ducati Ducati 1.447s 14
13 Danilo Petrucci Pramac Ducati Ducati 1.468s 15
14 Johann Zarco Tech3 Yamaha Yamaha 1.579s 18
15 Bradley Smith KTM KTM 1.803s 17
16 Hafizh Syahrin Tech3 Yamaha Yamaha 1.862s 14
17 Jorge Lorenzo Ducati Ducati 1.939s 18
18 Takaaki Nakagami LCR Honda Honda 1.962s 17
19 Karel Abraham Aspar Ducati Ducati 2.389s 18
20 Franco Morbidelli MVDS Honda Honda 2.437s 19
21 Pol Espargaro KTM KTM 2.472s 15
22 Thomas Luthi MVDS Honda Honda 2.503s 18
23 Xavier Simeon Avintia Ducati Ducati 2.847s 13
24 Andrea Dovizioso Ducati Ducati 3.578s 13


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