MotoGP Valencia: Danilo Petrucci fastest in wet FP2 session

Pramac Ducati rider Danilo Petrucci topped the second wet-weather practice session of the MotoGP season finale in Valencia

MotoGP Valencia: Danilo Petrucci fastest in wet FP2 session

Petrucci led FP1 pacesetter Marc Marquez, with only the champion and third-placed Valentino Rossi getting in within one second of the session leader.

Tech3's Johann Zarco took the early lead - with a lap eight seconds off FP1 pace - and was on course to lower the benchmark when he threw his satellite Yamaha into the gravel at the sharp Turn 12 right-hander.

The crash ripped the left winglet off his YZR-M1, leaving the appendage in pieces on the racing line, which coupled with worsening track conditions prompted a 10-minute red-flag stoppage.

Suzuki's Alex Rins had taken the lead by then, but times began to drop rapidly once track action resumed, with Petrucci, Marquez and Rossi taking turns out front.

At the halfway mark, with the latter two already in the pits, Petrucci leapfrogged Marquez with the new benchmark of 1m41.318s.

And with track conditions having peaked, this was enough to keep the Italian top at the chequered flag.

As lap times in the afternoon fell well short of FP1, Rossi remains outside of the combined practice top 10 despite placing third in FP2 - meaning he will be forced to fight through Q1 if he can't improve in Saturday morning practice.

Andrea Iannone took fourth place in the session, followed by the Espargaro brothers, Aleix ahead of Pol.

Rossi's Yamaha team-mate Maverick Vinales was seventh, ahead of Scott Redding and Bradley Smith - the pair making it two Aprilias and two KTMs in the top nine.

Rins ended up 10th, one place ahead of Avintia Ducati's Xavier Simeon, who went to hospital after suffering a suspected concussion in FP1 but was back on the bike in the afternoon.

The Belgian crashed again, sliding off at Turn 12, while Cal Crutchlow's LCR Honda stand-in Stefan Bradl went off at the same corner a couple of minutes later.

Ducati's Andrea Dovizioso had a quiet session in 12th but remains on course to make Q2 based on the combined order, whereas team-mate Jorge Lorenzo, recovering from injury, was 15th and is facing Q1.

FP2 times

Pos Rider Team Time Gap Laps
1 Danilo Petrucci Pramac Ducati 1m41.318s - 14
2 Marc Marquez Honda 1m41.725s 0.407s 21
3 Valentino Rossi Yamaha 1m42.081s 0.763s 16
4 Andrea Iannone Suzuki 1m42.365s 1.047s 14
5 Aleix Espargaro Aprilia 1m42.385s 1.067s 7
6 Pol Espargaro KTM 1m42.655s 1.337s 14
7 Maverick Vinales Yamaha 1m42.746s 1.428s 20
8 Scott Redding Aprilia 1m42.857s 1.539s 18
9 Bradley Smith KTM 1m43.009s 1.691s 17
10 Alex Rins Suzuki 1m43.051s 1.733s 20
11 Xavier Simeon Avintia Ducati 1m43.113s 1.795s 5
12 Andrea Dovizioso Ducati 1m43.250s 1.932s 21
13 Jack Miller Pramac Ducati 1m43.409s 2.091s 5
14 Hafizh Syahrin Tech3 Yamaha 1m43.727s 2.409s 21
15 Jorge Lorenzo Ducati 1m43.798s 2.480s 13
16 Alvaro Bautista Aspar Ducati 1m43.844s 2.526s 17
17 Takaaki Nakagami LCR Honda 1m43.846s 2.528s 22
18 Franco Morbidelli MVDS Honda 1m43.854s 2.536s 19
19 Thomas Luthi MVDS Honda 1m43.858s 2.540s 15
20 Johann Zarco Tech3 Yamaha 1m44.261s 2.943s 8
21 Michele Pirro Ducati 1m44.681s 3.363s 14
22 Stefan Bradl LCR Honda 1m44.732s 3.414s 3
23 Karel Abraham Aspar Ducati 1m45.260s 3.942s 6
24 Dani Pedrosa Honda 1m45.401s 4.083s 5
25 Jordi Torres Avintia Ducati 1m45.975s 4.657s 16


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