MotoGP Misano: Pol Espargaro fastest in second practice

Tech3 Yamaha rider Pol Espargaro led Honda's Dani Pedrosa to set the pace in second practice for MotoGP's San Marino Grand Prix

MotoGP Misano: Pol Espargaro fastest in second practice

Espargaro was second in the morning session behind Valentino Rossi and showed that Misano form was no flash in the pan in the afternoon.

Yamaha's Jorge Lorenzo led the way for the bulk of the session and with a time of 1m33.263s was 0.380 seconds clear of the pack before the late runs on new tyres.

When those started, Espargaro closed to within 0.110s, then became the weekend's first rider to lap beneath the 1m33s barrier with a time of 1m32.769s while circulating behind championship leader Marc Marquez.

That put the Spaniard 0.494s ahead, before Marquez, Ducati's Andrea Dovizioso and ultimately Pedrosa closed that gap to 0.065s.

Dovizoso wound up third, 0.132s behind Espargaro, while his team-mate Andrea Iannone missed the session and will take no further part in the weekend, after his crash during first practice.

Lorenzo's consistency across each run was strong and he ultimately finished fourth, ahead of Marquez and Rossi, the local hero 0.618s off Espargaro's pace.

LCR Honda's Cal Crutchlow was seventh fastest after a slow crash at Turn 14, while Scott Redding, Hector Barbera and Maverick Vinales completed the top 10.

Silverstone winner Vinales struggled in the afternoon's warmer conditions, true to Suzuki's 2016 form, and also had a time that would have put him seventh cancelled for exceeding track limits at the final corner.

Stefan Bradl at Turn 14 and Tito Rabat at Turn 12 both fell early on their way to the 17th and 19th fastest times.

FP2 TIMES

Pos Rider Team Gap Laps
1 Pol Espargaro Tech3 Yamaha 1m32.769s 19
2 Dani Pedrosa Honda 0.065s 22
3 Andrea Dovizioso Ducati 0.132s 20
4 Jorge Lorenzo Yamaha 0.287s 18
5 Marc Marquez Honda 0.427s 20
6 Valentino Rossi Yamaha 0.618s 20
7 Cal Crutchlow LCR Honda 0.731s 19
8 Scott Redding Pramac Ducati 0.783s 19
9 Hector Barbera Avintia Ducati 0.812s 18
10 Maverick Vinales Suzuki 0.860s 20
11 Aleix Espargaro Suzuki 0.874s 20
12 Danilo Petrucci Pramac Ducati 1.034s 19
13 Alvaro Bautista Aprilia 1.077s 22
14 Michele Pirro Ducati 1.116s 20
15 Alex Lowes Tech3 Yamaha 1.385s 21
16 Eugene Laverty Aspar Ducati 1.688s 17
17 Stefan Bradl Aprilia 1.862s 18
18 Yonny Hernandez Aspar Ducati 1.950s 19
19 Tito Rabat Marc VDS Honda 1.956s 22
20 Jack Miller Marc VDS Honda 2.293s 18
21 Xavi Fores Avintia Ducati 3.277s 18

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