MotoGP Phillip Island: Iannone fastest in FP2 as Crutchlow crashes

Andrea Iannone beat Danilo Petrucci to top spot in second practice ahead of MotoGP's Phillip Island race, while Cal Crutchlow's day ended with a nasty shunt at Turn 1

MotoGP Phillip Island: Iannone fastest in FP2 as Crutchlow crashes

Iannone won out in his late scrap with Petrucci for Friday bragging rights, the Suzuki rider pulling a tenth clear of the 2019 factory Ducati man with his final lap of the session.

Crutchlow, however, did not see the end of the session after being transferred to the medical centre via ambulance due to a heavy shunt at Turn 1 with 12 minutes to go.

Iannone took just five minutes to start knocking on the door of the fastest FP1 times, using a hard rear tyre to put his Suzuki top with a 1m20.256s.

Andrea Dovizioso and Marc Marquez then both chimed in with times in the 1m30s, the Ducati rider with a 0.02s advantage over his Honda rival.

A little under 10 minutes in Marquez improved to set a new benchmark for the weekend, as his 1m29.739s eclipsed Maverick Vinales' FP1 effort.

The change at the top was followed by the first crash of the session, Alvaro Bautista dropping the front of his Ducati at Siberia.

Minutes later Marquez had his own drama at the same Turn 6 left-hander, a loose back end as he hit the brakes forcing him to abort the corner and straighline through the gravel. Shortly after, Valentino Rossi did exactly the same thing.

As the session neared the quarter-hour mark Crutchlow went quickest with a 1m29.616s, before Iannone edged that time by just over a tenth on his next run with a 1m29.510s.

But any chance of Crutchlow improving disappeared with 12 minutes to go when the LCR Honda rider tumbled at high speed at the first corner.

To add to LCR's woes, Takaaki Nakagami fell heavily at Siberia just moments later.

With five minutes to go Dovizioso made his move on a soft rear, leaping from fourth to second with a 1m29.555s before going quickest with a 1m29.406s.

That sparked a brief flurry of fast laps, Vinales going fastest before being immediately replaced by Petrucci's 1m29.291s.

But a final flyer proved to be enough for Iannone, as the Suzuki rider charged back into top spot with a 1m29.131s right at the flag.

That bumped Petrucci back to second, followed by Vinales and Dovizioso. Crutchlow was shuffled back to fifth thanks to his shunt, followed by Johann Zarco and Marquez.

Jack Miller was eighth-quickest, Alex Rins ninth, while Rossi the final rider currently sitting in an automatic Q2 spot.

FP2 times

Pos Rider Team Bike Time Gap Laps
1 Andrea Iannone Suzuki Suzuki 1m29.131s - 19
2 Danilo Petrucci Pramac Ducati Ducati 1m29.291s 0.160s 21
3 Maverick Vinales Yamaha Yamaha 1m29.354s 0.223s 21
4 Andrea Dovizioso Ducati Ducati 1m29.406s 0.275s 20
5 Cal Crutchlow LCR Honda Honda 1m29.616s 0.485s 16
6 Johann Zarco Tech3 Yamaha Yamaha 1m29.686s 0.555s 20
7 Marc Marquez Honda Honda 1m29.739s 0.608s 24
8 Jack Miller Pramac Ducati Ducati 1m29.838s 0.707s 20
9 Alex Rins Suzuki Suzuki 1m29.918s 0.787s 23
10 Valentino Rossi Yamaha Yamaha 1m30.133s 1.002s 21
11 Hafizh Syahrin Tech3 Yamaha Yamaha 1m30.179s 1.048s 20
12 Bradley Smith KTM KTM 1m30.346s 1.215s 24
13 Dani Pedrosa Honda Honda 1m30.472s 1.341s 21
14 Pol Espargaro KTM KTM 1m30.545s 1.414s 20
15 Alvaro Bautista Ducati Ducati 1m30.734s 1.603s 5
16 Aleix Espargaro Aprilia Aprilia 1m30.736s 1.605s 22
17 Franco Morbidelli MVDS Honda Honda 1m30.787s 1.656s 21
18 Takaaki Nakagami LCR Honda Honda 1m30.830s 1.699s 19
19 Karel Abraham Aspar Ducati Ducati 1m31.166s 2.035s 18
20 Xavier Simeon Avintia Ducati Ducati 1m31.275s 2.144s 22
21 Thomas Luthi MVDS Honda Honda 1m31.539s 2.408s 20
22 Jordi Torres Avintia Ducati Ducati 1m31.570s 2.439s 21
23 Scott Redding Aprilia Aprilia 1m32.045s 2.914s 9
24 Mike Jones Aspar Ducati Ducati 1m33.633s 4.502s 23


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