Qatar MotoGP: Redding fastest in practice two as Vinales crashes

Pramac Ducati rider Scott Redding topped second practice for the MotoGP season-opening Qatar Grand Prix, as Thursday pacesetter Maverick Vinales crashed

Qatar MotoGP: Redding fastest in practice two as Vinales crashes

High winds and rain earlier in the day meant conditions were not as good as they were during Thursday night's first session.

Vinales, Alvaro Bautista, Marc Marquez and Jonas Folger took turns at the top of the timesheets in the early stages before Vinales took command nine minutes in.

His benchmark time of 1m55.378s put him three tenths of a second clear of Marquez, who slotted into second ahead of Folger's Tech3 Yamaha.

On his next lap, Vinales found his path blocked by Yamaha team-mate Valentino Rossi, and once he had cleared the Italian he lost the front end of his works M1 machine at Turn 4 as he ran off-line.

It was his first crash in an official session as a Yamaha rider, although he had fallen during a private test at Sepang late last year.

Uninjured, Vinales quickly returned to the Yamaha pit to jump on his number two bike and continued in the session, and his earlier time remained the benchmark until the closing moments.

With the majority of riders fitting a new tyre late on, a flurry of late times included Johann Zarco shooting to the top of the timesheets, quickly followed by team-mate Folger and Redding.

The factory Ducati of Andrea Dovizioso knocked Redding off the top spot with a 1m55.185s, before the British rider responded with a 1m55.085s to end the session on top by a tenth.

Behind Dovizioso, Folger and Zarco ended up third and fourth, while Vinales's earlier effort was enough to keep him fifth.

The Spaniard's Thursday benchmark remains the fastest of practice so far, with Redding third on the combined order.

Rossi languished outside the top 10 until the closing minutes, but made a late jump up to sixth place, ahead of Bautista's Aspar Ducati and Jorge Lorenzo on the second works Desmosedici.

Completing the top 10 were Marquez and Aleix Espargaro.

Andrea Iannone was best of the Suzukis in 15th, 0.984 seconds off the pace, while Dani Pedrosa ended up down in 19th on the second works Honda, 1.445s slower than Redding.

KTM once again struggled, with Pol Espargaro the better of its two riders in 21st place, 2.031s away from the top spot.

PRACTICE TWO TIMES:

Pos Rider Team Time Gap Laps
1 Scott Redding Pramac Ducati 1m55.085s - 16
2 Andrea Dovizioso Ducati 1m55.185s 0.100s 17
3 Jonas Folger Tech3 Yamaha 1m55.208s 0.123s 15
4 Johann Zarco Tech3 Yamaha 1m55.316s 0.231s 18
5 Maverick Vinales Yamaha 1m55.378s 0.293s 16
6 Valentino Rossi Yamaha 1m55.414s 0.329s 18
7 Alvaro Bautista Aspar Ducati 1m55.581s 0.496s 18
8 Jorge Lorenzo Ducati 1m55.604s 0.519s 17
9 Marc Marquez Honda 1m55.698s 0.613s 18
10 Aleix Espargaro Aprilia 1m55.750s 0.665s 12
11 Danilo Petrucci Pramac Ducati 1m55.760s 0.675s 17
12 Cal Crutchlow LCR Honda 1m55.828s 0.743s 17
13 Jack Miller MVDS Honda 1m55.959s 0.874s 17
14 Karel Abraham Aspar Ducati 1m56.003s 0.918s 18
15 Andrea Iannone Suzuki 1m56.069s 0.984s 16
16 Alex Rins Suzuki 1m56.179s 1.094s 18
17 Tito Rabat MVDS Honda 1m56.368s 1.283s 17
18 Loris Baz Avintia Ducati 1m56.501s 1.416s 15
19 Dani Pedrosa Honda 1m56.530s 1.445s 17
20 Hector Barbera Avintia Ducati 1m56.934s 1.849s 18
21 Pol Espargaro KTM 1m57.116s 2.031s 16
22 Sam Lowes Aprilia 1m57.517s 2.432s 15
23 Bradley Smith KTM 1m58.020s 2.935s 17


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