Phillip Island MotoGP: Marc Marquez takes charge in practice two

Honda's Marc Marquez was quickest in second practice for MotoGP's Australian Grand Prix at Phillip Island, edging out first practice pacesetter Jorge Lorenzo as Valentino Rossi struggled to ninth

Phillip Island MotoGP: Marc Marquez takes charge in practice two

Rain had made improvements hard to come by for the Moto3 riders immediately prior to the MotoGP session but while the track was damp in places at the start of second practice, a combination of strong winds and clearing skies quickly dried the circuit.

Most riders were consequently able to improve on their efforts from first practice relative early on in the session, with Marquez fastest on a 1m30.238s.

Lorenzo quickly moved to the top of the times on his opening run, though, with two swift improvements nudging him clear of Marquez, before increasing his advantage ever so slightly with another marginal gain midway through the session.

That changed in the final five minutes though as Cal Crutchlow became the first man to dip below the 1m30s barrier, the Briton posting a 1m29.579s in the first of a late flurry of laps.

Lorenzo soon regained the top spot with another personal best, but he was eventually beaten to the fastest lap of the weekend so far by his compatriot Marquez, who recorded a 1m29.383s.

Maverick Vinales set an impressive pace aboard his Suzuki to claim third in the session, while a late improvement from Andrea Iannone meant the Italian nabbed fourth ahead of erstwhile leader Crutchlow.

Dani Pedrosa was sixth, followed by Danilo Petrucci, while Bradley Smith, who spent much of the session in the lower half of the order, jumped up to eighth with his final lap.

Rossi appeared to struggle in the final sector and finished the session 0.658 seconds slower than Marquez in ninth, with Aleix Espargaro rounding out the top 10.

PRACTICE TWO TIMES:

Pos Rider Team Bike Time Gap Laps
1 Marc Marquez Honda Honda 1m29.383s - 19
2 Jorge Lorenzo Yamaha Yamaha 1m29.433s 0.050s 18
3 Maverick Vinales Suzuki Suzuki 1m29.518s 0.135s 20
4 Andrea Iannone Ducati Ducati 1m29.544s 0.161s 19
5 Cal Crutchlow LCR Honda 1m29.579s 0.196s 20
6 Dani Pedrosa Honda Honda 1m29.876s 0.493s 19
7 Danilo Petrucci Pramac Racing Ducati 1m30.021s 0.638s 21
8 Bradley Smith Tech 3 Yamaha 1m30.032s 0.649s 20
9 Valentino Rossi Yamaha Yamaha 1m30.041s 0.658s 21
10 Aleix Espargaro Suzuki Suzuki 1m30.113s 0.730s 20
11 Jack Miller LCR Honda 1m30.127s 0.744s 20
12 Nicky Hayden Aspar Honda 1m30.184s 0.801s 21
13 Hector Barbera Avintia Racing Ducati 1m30.278s 0.895s 20
14 Andrea Dovizioso Ducati Ducati 1m30.451s 1.068s 19
15 Pol Espargaro Tech 3 Yamaha 1m30.552s 1.169s 20
16 Yonny Hernandez Pramac Racing Ducati 1m30.660s 1.277s 19
17 Scott Redding Marc VDS Honda 1m30.773s 1.390s 19
18 Eugene Laverty Aspar Honda 1m30.910s 1.527s 20
19 Alvaro Bautista Aprilia Gresini Aprilia 1m31.260s 1.877s 21
20 Mike Di Meglio Avintia Racing Ducati 1m31.339s 1.956s 18
21 Stefan Bradl Aprilia Gresini Aprilia 1m31.577s 2.194s 21
22 Toni Elias Forward Racing Yamaha Forward 1m32.122s 2.739s 21
23 Loris Baz Forward Racing Yamaha Forward 1m32.309s 2.926s 16
24 Anthony West AB Motoracing Honda 1m32.592s 3.209s 19
25 Damian Cudlin IodaRacing Project ART/Aprilia 1m34.479s 5.096s 15

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