Mugello MotoGP: Andrea Iannone leads second practice for Ducati

Andrea Iannone capped a week in which his departure from Ducati and move to Suzuki was confirmed by setting the fastest time in second practice for MotoGP's Italian Grand Prix

Mugello MotoGP: Andrea Iannone leads second practice for Ducati

Iannone will leave Ducati at the end of the season to make way for the incoming three-time champion Jorge Lorenzo, but quickly secured a 2017 move to Suzuki to replace Maverick Vinales.

He responded by beating Lorenzo to top spot on Friday afternoon by nearly half a second at Mugello.

The session was the first in dry conditions for the weekend, following a rain-affected opening practice on Friday morning.

Iannone set the early pace with a 1m48.413s lap, 0.008 seconds up on Lorenzo, and those times were still the benchmarks when Scott Redding jumped to the top with seven minutes to go.

Lorenzo was back on top before long with consecutive laps of 1m48.322s and 1m48.157s on his Yamaha, but Iannone saved his best for last, recording a 1m47.696s with less than 30 seconds left on the clock.

The Italian's final margin over Lorenzo was 0.461s, with Michele Pirro - a wildcard on a third factory Ducati - third, having followed Lorenzo during his best lap.

Aleix Espargaro was fourth for Suzuki, ahead of Valentino Rossi and Honda's Marc Marquez, the trio having all moved up the order late.

Pramac Ducati's Redding wound up eighth, joined in the top 10 by fellow satellite riders Cal Crutchlow and Pol Espargaro.

Dani Pedrosa, whose new two-year deal with Honda was announced during the week, was 11th, while Andrea Dovizioso, picked by Ducati to partner Lorenzo next year, was 13th.

Eugene Laverty was the only rider to crash during the session, coming unstuck at San Donato but rejoining the session on his spare bike on his way to 19th.

Loris Baz's session was also interrupted at the end of the front straight, but when his Avintia Ducati stopped with an apparent mechanical problem early on. The French rider finished at the foot of the times.

PRACTICE TWO TIMES

Pos Rider Team Bike Time Gap Laps
1 Andrea Iannone Ducati Ducati 1m47.696s - 17
2 Jorge Lorenzo Yamaha Yamaha 1m48.157s 0.461s 15
3 Michele Pirro Ducati Ducati 1m48.245s 0.549s 16
4 Aleix Espargaro Suzuki Suzuki 1m48.270s 0.574s 17
5 Marc Marquez Honda Honda 1m48.290s 0.594s 19
6 Valentino Rossi Yamaha Yamaha 1m48.340s 0.644s 20
7 Maverick Vinales Suzuki Suzuki 1m48.345s 0.649s 19
8 Scott Redding Pramac Ducati Ducati 1m48.406s 0.710s 18
9 Cal Crutchlow LCR Honda Honda 1m48.458s 0.762s 19
10 Pol Espargaro Tech3 Yamaha Yamaha 1m48.470s 0.774s 18
11 Dani Pedrosa Honda Honda 1m48.713s 1.017s 19
12 Danilo Petrucci Pramac Ducati Ducati 1m48.752s 1.056s 18
13 Andrea Dovizioso Ducati Ducati 1m48.816s 1.120s 17
14 Yonny Hernandez Aspar Ducati Ducati 1m48.832s 1.136s 17
15 Bradley Smith Tech3 Yamaha Yamaha 1m49.199s 1.503s 18
16 Hector Barbera Avintia Ducati Ducati 1m49.234s 1.538s 10
17 Tito Rabat Marc VDS Honda Honda 1m49.648s 1.952s 19
18 Jack Miller Marc VDS Honda Honda 1m49.698s 2.002s 15
19 Eugene Laverty Aspar Ducati Ducati 1m49.852s 2.156s 15
20 Alvaro Bautista Aprilia Aprilia 1m49.913s 2.217s 18
21 Stefan Bradl Aprilia Aprilia 1m50.368s 2.672s 17
22 Loris Baz Avintia Ducati Ducati 1m51.055s 3.359s 16


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