MotoGP Red Bull Ring: Ducati's Dovizioso goes fastest in FP2

Ducati rider Andrea Dovizioso set the pace in a largely dry second MotoGP practice session in Austria, beating Yamaha's Maverick Vinales by two tenths of a second

MotoGP Red Bull Ring: Ducati's Dovizioso goes fastest in FP2

The Red Bull Ring circuit was still damp at the start of FP2 following a heavy shower right after the morning's first practice, and few riders consequently took to the track in the first quarter of an hour of the second 45-minute session.

But after a few early runs, led by Avintia's Loris Baz, Honda rider Marc Marquez soon took over the lead as the track dried out and lowered the benchmark to a 1m24.649s, a laptime just shy of Hector Barbera's FP1 pace-setting effort.

Johann Zarco (Tech3 Yamaha), Dovizioso's Ducati team-mate Jorge Lorenzo and Honda rider Dani Pedrosa all went faster in the final five minutes, but Vinales had jumped the lot by the time the chequered flag fell.

The Spaniard's time was then trumped by Dovizioso, who went 0.234 seconds quicker than Vinales with his final flyer to record a fastest time of 1m24.046s.

Vinales retained second ahead of Pedrosa, Marco and Lorenzo.

Marquez dropped to sixth by the end of the session and almost crashed at Turn 4 late on as he ran through the gravel.

LCR Honda's Cal Crutchlow was seventh, although the Briton felt he had been impeded during the session by compatriot Scott Redding.

Aprilia's Aleix Espargaro, Pramac rider Redding and the Aspar Ducati of Alvaro Bautista completed the top 10.

Valentino Rossi had another low-key session and finished only 12th, narrowly behind top KTM rider Pol Espargaro.

FP2 times

Pos Rider Team Bike Time Gap Laps
1 Andrea Dovizioso Ducati Ducati 1m24.046s - 14
2 Maverick Vinales Yamaha Yamaha 1m24.280s 0.234s 15
3 Dani Pedrosa Honda Honda 1m24.474s 0.428s 16
4 Johann Zarco Tech3 Yamaha Yamaha 1m24.522s 0.476s 17
5 Jorge Lorenzo Ducati Ducati 1m24.616s 0.570s 13
6 Marc Marquez Honda Honda 1m24.649s 0.603s 18
7 Cal Crutchlow LCR Honda Honda 1m24.668s 0.622s 16
8 Aleix Espargaro Aprilia Aprilia 1m24.726s 0.680s 15
9 Scott Redding Pramac Ducati Ducati 1m24.765s 0.719s 19
10 Alvaro Bautista Aspar Ducati Ducati 1m24.780s 0.734s 18
11 Pol Espargaro KTM KTM 1m24.859s 0.813s 17
12 Valentino Rossi Yamaha Yamaha 1m24.883s 0.837s 19
13 Loris Baz Avintia Ducati Ducati 1m24.925s 0.879s 20
14 Danilo Petrucci Pramac Ducati Ducati 1m24.935s 0.889s 16
15 Jonas Folger Tech3 Yamaha Yamaha 1m24.992s 0.946s 15
16 Andrea Iannone Suzuki Suzuki 1m25.218s 1.172s 17
17 Hector Barbera Avintia Ducati Ducati 1m25.258s 1.212s 14
18 Sam Lowes Aprilia Aprilia 1m25.270s 1.224s 17
19 Mika Kallio KTM KTM 1m25.320s 1.274s 19
20 Jack Miller MVDS Honda Honda 1m25.335s 1.289s 19
21 Karel Abraham Aspar Ducati Ducati 1m25.369s 1.323s 18
22 Alex Rins Suzuki Suzuki 1m25.452s 1.406s 19
23 Tito Rabat MVDS Honda Honda 1m25.616s 1.570s 17
24 Bradley Smith KTM KTM 1m25.664s 1.618s 20

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