MotoGP Brno: Marc Marquez beats Andrea Iannone to top FP2

MotoGP championship leader Marc Marquez set the pace in second practice for the Czech Grand Prix at Brno, a session that had three different manufacturers in the top three places

MotoGP Brno: Marc Marquez beats Andrea Iannone to top FP2

Having set the sixth-fastest time in the morning session, Marquez added another spectacular save to his growing catalogue in 2016, preventing a likely crash at Turn 13.

The Honda rider was seventh before the final runs, but he moved to the top with a pair of laps in the closing stages, his 1m55.840s ultimately good enough to take top spot.

First practice pacesetter Andrea Iannone spent time at the top, and looked set to challenge Marquez's time after the chequered flag.

The Ducati rider was fastest through the first sector, but finished the second 0.450 seconds behind Marquez.

While the lap appeared over, Iannone persisted and closed to be just 0.104s behind by the time he completed it.

Yamaha's Jorge Lorenzo was third, having been the rider displaced at the top by Marquez before improving again to a 1m55.977s.

Avintia Ducati satellite rider Hector Barbera was fourth again, ahead of Valentino Rossi and Andrea Dovizioso - the top six covered by just 0.395s.

Aleix Espargaro was the lead Suzuki in seventh, two spots ahead of team-mate Maverick Vinales, the pair split by Tech3 Yamaha rider Bradley Smith.

Dani Pedrosa completed the top 10 on the second factory Honda, while Scott Redding crashed at Turn 11 early in the session and wound up 14th.

FP2 RESULTS

Pos Rider Team Gap Laps
1 Marc Marquez Honda 1m55.840s 15
2 Andrea Iannone Ducati 0.104s 18
3 Jorge Lorenzo Yamaha 0.137s 17
4 Hector Barbera Avintia Ducati 0.284s 17
5 Valentino Rossi Yamaha 0.334s 18
6 Andrea Dovizioso Ducati 0.395s 16
7 Aleix Espargaro Suzuki 0.601s 13
8 Bradley Smith Tech3 Yamaha 0.654s 15
9 Maverick Vinales Suzuki 0.775s 18
10 Dani Pedrosa Honda 0.822s 17
11 Cal Crutchlow LCR Honda 0.997s 17
12 Loris Baz Avintia Ducati 1.117s 16
13 Danilo Petrucci Pramac Ducati 1.212s 17
14 Scott Redding Pramac Ducati 1.250s 15
15 Pol Espargaro Tech3 Yamaha 1.495s 16
16 Eugene Laverty Aspar Ducati 1.496s 16
17 Stefan Bradl Aprilia 1.631s 17
18 Alvaro Bautista Aprilia 1.729s 18
19 Yonny Hernandez Aspar Ducati 1.884s 18
20 Tito Rabat Marc VDS Honda 2.214s 20


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