MotoGP Brno: Honda's Pedrosa fastest from Petrucci in mixed up FP2

Dani Pedrosa set the pace in the second MotoGP practice session at Brno, as a mixed up order left a handful of frontrunners in danger of missing the cut-off for Q2

MotoGP Brno: Honda's Pedrosa fastest from Petrucci in mixed up FP2

Pedrosa's Honda team-mate Marc Marquez was fastest early on, narrowly eclipsing Johann Zarco's benchmark from the morning session with a 1m56.635s, followed by Pedrosa and the LCR Honda of Cal Crutchlow.

Like in FP1, Marquez was then dethroned by Andrea Dovizioso, the factory Ducati rider taking the lead with five minutes remaining as the late-session flying laps started coming through.

Dovizioso's lead was short-lived as Pedrosa soon beat his effort by three tenths, and the Spaniard improved again to end up topping the session with a 1m55.976s.

Second place was traded among Ducati riders, with Pramac's Danilo Petrucci claiming the spot 0.123 seconds behind Pedrosa.

Nieto Ducati rider Alvaro Bautista was third, while Tech3's Hafizh Syahrin completed a surprising top four as the fastest of the Yamaha contingent.

Dovizioso ended up fifth, followed by the factory Yamahas of Maverick Vinales and Valentino Rossi.

Avintia Ducati rider Tito Rabat took eighth, ahead of Syahrin's team-mate Zarco and Marquez.

Those times were the fastest 10 in the combined practice order, meaning Crutchlow, Suzuki duo Andrea Iannone and Alex Rins, Jack Miller and Ducati's Jorge Lorenzo will all need to improve their position in Saturday morning's third practice to avoid Q1.

Honda wildcard Stefan Bradl was 18th in FP2, as Suzuki test rider Sylvain Guintoli brought up the rear in 26th.

FP2 times

Pos Rider Team Bike Time Gap Laps
1 Dani Pedrosa Honda Honda 1m55.976s - 18
2 Danilo Petrucci Pramac Ducati Ducati 1m56.099s 0.123s 16
3 Alvaro Bautista Aspar Ducati Ducati 1m56.144s 0.168s 19
4 Hafizh Syahrin Tech3 Yamaha Yamaha 1m56.200s 0.224s 14
5 Andrea Dovizioso Ducati Ducati 1m56.218s 0.242s 16
6 Maverick Vinales Yamaha Yamaha 1m56.392s 0.416s 17
7 Valentino Rossi Yamaha Yamaha 1m56.480s 0.504s 17
8 Tito Rabat Avintia Ducati Ducati 1m56.521s 0.545s 18
9 Johann Zarco Tech3 Yamaha Yamaha 1m56.535s 0.559s 16
10 Marc Marquez Honda Honda 1m56.635s 0.659s 18
11 Andrea Iannone Suzuki Suzuki 1m56.644s 0.668s 18
12 Alex Rins Suzuki Suzuki 1m56.661s 0.685s 19
13 Jack Miller Pramac Ducati Ducati 1m56.915s 0.939s 16
14 Cal Crutchlow LCR Honda Honda 1m57.014s 1.038s 17
15 Jorge Lorenzo Ducati Ducati 1m57.205s 1.229s 18
16 Aleix Espargaro Aprilia Aprilia 1m57.417s 1.441s 15
17 Pol Espargaro KTM KTM 1m57.473s 1.497s 15
18 Stefan Bradl Honda Honda 1m57.479s 1.503s 18
19 Franco Morbidelli MVDS Honda Honda 1m57.498s 1.522s 15
20 Bradley Smith KTM KTM 1m57.506s 1.530s 15
21 Takaaki Nakagami LCR Honda Honda 1m57.647s 1.671s 18
22 Thomas Luthi MVDS Honda Honda 1m57.729s 1.753s 16
23 Scott Redding Aprilia Aprilia 1m57.941s 1.965s 13
24 Karel Abraham Aspar Ducati Ducati 1m58.127s 2.151s 17
25 Xavier Simeon Avintia Ducati Ducati 1m58.453s 2.477s 16
26 Sylvain Guintoli Suzuki Suzuki 1m58.617s 2.641s 17

shares
comments
Sepang heads condensed MotoGP winter testing, pre-season reduced

Previous article

Sepang heads condensed MotoGP winter testing, pre-season reduced

Next article

Vinales appoints new Yamaha MotoGP crew chief, splits with Forcada

Vinales appoints new Yamaha MotoGP crew chief, splits with Forcada
Load comments

About this article

Series MotoGP
Drivers Dani Pedrosa , Danilo Petrucci
Teams AB Motoracing
Author Jamie Klein
The "pit bull" MotoGP rookie already drawing legendary comparisons Plus

The "pit bull" MotoGP rookie already drawing legendary comparisons

MotoGP’s 2021 rookie crop is one of the strongest in recent years, but one is already standing out. Jorge Martin’s Doha GP heroics have courted many to compare him to numerous MotoGP legends. Autosport spoke to Pramac boss Francesco Guidotti to find out why MotoGP’s latest Spanish star is already making such an impact

MotoGP
Apr 9, 2021
Why MotoGP's stewards must revisit Miller and Mir's Losail clash Plus

Why MotoGP's stewards must revisit Miller and Mir's Losail clash

Despite Suzuki’s decision not to appeal against Race Direction’s refusal to penalise Jack Miller following the incident with Joan Mir in Losail, something must be done to avoid a repeat of such an incident, which could have easily ended in tragedy

MotoGP
Apr 6, 2021
Has Yamaha banished its demons with its 2021 MotoGP bike? Plus

Has Yamaha banished its demons with its 2021 MotoGP bike?

Against the expected run of play at Qatar's Losail circuit, both Yamaha riders Maverick Vinales and Fabio Quartararo carved through a resolute Ducati defence to secure back-to-back MotoGP wins for the Japanese marque. After a difficult 2020, it appears that Yamaha has swaggered back into championship contention

MotoGP
Apr 5, 2021
Why MotoGP’s top gun looks more dangerous at the Doha GP Plus

Why MotoGP’s top gun looks more dangerous at the Doha GP

Lightning hasn't struck twice for Maverick Vinales since 2017 and his wayward form of recent years makes predicting how he'll fare each MotoGP race weekend tricky. But fresh from his Qatar GP win, Vinales looks like an even more dangerous prospect for the Doha GP following an intriguing Friday practice

MotoGP
Apr 3, 2021
Why MotoGP’s new Amazon series is long overdue Plus

Why MotoGP’s new Amazon series is long overdue

OPINION: MotoGP is getting its own version of Drive to Survive on Amazon Prime at some point in the near future. It was news welcomed by the grid’s leading riders. And following the impact DTS has had on Formula 1, MotoGP desperately needs the same boost.

MotoGP
Mar 31, 2021
Did the Qatar GP hint at Ducati’s true MotoGP leader? Plus

Did the Qatar GP hint at Ducati’s true MotoGP leader?

OPINION: Johann Zarco talked a big game pre-season, and is so far vindicating himself as a factory rider at Pramac after finishing the Qatar GP as top Ducati in second. And contrasting his and Jack Miller's weekends and their approaches, is Zarco emerging as Ducati's true MotoGP leader?

MotoGP
Mar 30, 2021
The key changes behind the latest 'return of the Mack' Plus

The key changes behind the latest 'return of the Mack'

Maverick Vinales’s authoritative victory at the MotoGP season opener came during a period of personal and professional change for the Yamaha rider. Can it be the springboard for a title challenge?

MotoGP
Mar 29, 2021
The past clues which hint at the MotoGP order in Qatar Plus

The past clues which hint at the MotoGP order in Qatar

The MotoGP season kicks off this weekend in Qatar - two years after it last visited the Losail circuit for a race weekend as last season's round was called off. As ever, the pecking order is difficult to map out at this early stage of the season, but perhaps the 2019 race offers some clues as to how things might shake out...

MotoGP
Mar 27, 2021