MotoGP Valencia: Lorenzo tops FP2 as Marquez suffers late crash

Ducati's Jorge Lorenzo was fastest in the second practice session for MotoGP's Valencia season finale, which ended with title favourite Marc Marquez crashing

MotoGP Valencia: Lorenzo tops FP2 as Marquez suffers late crash

Honda rider Marquez, who was vying with Lorenzo and Dani Pedrosa to top the opening day of practice, fell at Turn 2 just as the chequered flag fell.

Marquez was OK, having stood up immediately after the incident, with his bike appearing to escape any significant damage.

He had been second, narrowly behind Pedrosa and just ahead of Lorenzo, for the majority of the session before jumping into the lead with 14 minutes left on the clock.

Lorenzo outpaced Pedrosa by a small margin and then improved by another half a second in the closing minutes to end up on a 1m30.640s.

Pedrosa ended up in second place, just 0.122s slower as the lead Honda, while a late improvement from Marquez's title challenger Andrea Dovizioso put the Italian third, ahead of Tech3's Johann Zarco, the top Yamaha.

Marquez slipped to fifth, ahead of the satellite Hondas of Jack Miller (Marc VDS) and Cal Crutchlow (LCR), while Michele Pirro brought the third factory Ducati into the top eight.

The top 10 was completed by Valentino Rossi on the best of the factory Yamahas and Pol Espargaro's KTM.

Rossi, along with team-mate Maverick Vinales, who was 11th in FP2, will need to improve in Saturday morning's session to be sure of a Q2 slot, as they are only 11th and 12th in the combined order.

Suzuki rider Andrea Iannone suffered a late crash in the session and was only 18th - though his FP1 time still grants him a spot in Q2 - and Aleix and Pol Espargaro also had late incidents.

Tech 3 Yamaha's Michael van der Mark was last again, 2.4s off the pace.

FP2 times

Pos Rider Team Gap Laps
1 Jorge Lorenzo Ducati 1m30.640s 18
2 Dani Pedrosa Honda 0.122s 23
3 Andrea Dovizioso Ducati 0.309s 20
4 Johann Zarco Tech3 Yamaha 0.414s 22
5 Marc Marquez Honda 0.603s 20
6 Jack Miller MVDS Honda 0.717s 19
7 Cal Crutchlow LCR Honda 0.743s 20
8 Michele Pirro Ducati 0.773s 20
9 Valentino Rossi Yamaha 0.848s 22
10 Pol Espargaro KTM 0.975s 18
11 Maverick Vinales Yamaha 0.984s 21
12 Aleix Espargaro Aprilia 1.058s 16
13 Scott Redding Pramac Ducati 1.093s 18
14 Karel Abraham Aspar Ducati 1.218s 20
15 Alex Rins Suzuki 1.236s 21
16 Hector Barbera Avintia Ducati 1.286s 18
17 Tito Rabat MVDS Honda 1.318s 24
18 Andrea Iannone Suzuki 1.326s 16
19 Mika Kallio KTM 1.326s 20
20 Alvaro Bautista Aspar Ducati 1.436s 19
21 Loris Baz Avintia Ducati 1.511s 20
22 Danilo Petrucci Pramac Ducati 1.552s 20
23 Bradley Smith KTM 1.817s 21
24 Sam Lowes Aprilia 1.947s 19
25 Michael van der Mark Tech3 Yamaha 2.461s 24

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