Mugello MotoGP: rain disrupts second free practice

Michele Pirro emerged fastest as poor weather at Mugello meant a dearth of action in second MotoGP practice

Mugello MotoGP: rain disrupts second free practice

Pre-session rain created tricky track conditions, leading to a largely uneventful 45 minutes as riders were reluctant to explore the Tuscan circuit.

It was left to likes of Ducati duo Pirro and Andrea Dovizioso, Le Mans podium finisher Alvaro Bautista and Pramac's Yonny Hernandez to provide anything in the way of entertainment as they tiptoed around on their exploratory laps.

With conditions worsening in the final five minutes, Nicky Hayden was the first to set a flying lap with a time of 2m11.660s before making further gains and whittling it down to 2m07.067s.

His spell at the top of the order was short lived, however, as wild card entrant Pirro went 1.632s quicker at the end of the session to go overall quickest.

Bautista was 3.718s off the ultimate pace and Hiroshi Aoyama, who was the only other rider to set a time, finished in fourth position.

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Pos Rider Bike Time Gap Laps 1. Michele Pirro Ducati 2m05.435s 3 2. Nicky Hayden Aspar Honda 2m07.067s +1.632s 5 3. Alvaro Bautista Gresini Honda 2m09.153s +3.718s 4 4. Hiroshi Aoyama Aspar Honda 2m12.275s +6.840s 3 5. Marc Marquez Honda no time 6. Valentino Rossi Yamaha no time 7. Andrea Iannone Pramac Ducati no time 8. Andrea Dovizioso Ducati no time 9. Jorge Lorenzo Yamaha no time 10. Aleix Espargaro Forward Yamaha no time 11. Cal Crutchlow Ducati no time 12. Stefan Bradl LCR Honda no time 13. Bradley Smith Tech 3 Yamaha no time 14. Dani Pedrosa Honda no time 15. Pol Espargaro Tech 3 Yamaha no time 16. Colin Edwards Forward Yamaha no time 17. Yonny Hernandez Pramac Ducati no time 18. Karel Abraham Cardion Honda no time 19. Scott Redding Gresini Honda no time 20. Hector Barbera Avintia FTR-Kawasaki no time 21. Mike di Meglio Avintia FTR-Kawasaki no time 22. Michael Laverty PBM Aprilia no time 23. Broc Parkes PBM Aprilia no time 
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