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Practice report

Styrian MotoGP: Savadori leads wet second practice from Zarco

Aprilia rookie Lorenzo Savadori topped a wet second practice for the MotoGP Styrian Grand Prix ahead of Johann Zarco on the Pramac Ducati.

Lorenzo Savadori, Aprilia Racing Team Gresini

Lorenzo Savadori, Aprilia Racing Team Gresini

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Light rain ahead of the second session ensured Takaaki Nakagami’s 1m23.805s from FP1 as the best time of Friday, as FP2 was mostly run on a wet track.

MotoGP’s wet weather specialist Danilo Petrucci was the first out on track to test the conditions on his Tech3 KTM, followed by team-mate Iker Lecuona.

Lecuona set the initial benchmark with a 1m37.716s, but immediately crashed at Turn 1 – though suffered no damage and carried on.

Petrucci deposed Lecuona soon after with a 1m36.188s, before the latter returned to top spot with a 1m35.611s, which he improved to a 1m34.319s two laps later.

With just over 15 minutes of the 45-minute session gone, Marquez shot to the top of the order with a 1m33.334s, bettering this to a 1m33.206s on his following tour.

At mid-distance, Marquez edged further clear of the field with a 1m32.841s which went unchallenged until the closing eight minutes of the session when the track began to dry out.

Pramac’s Zarco was the first to better Marquez’s time with a 1m32.807s, before factory Ducati counterpart Francesco Bagnaia went quicker with a 1m32.310s.

Aprilia’s Savadori then took over top spot with a 1m31.304s, while Jack Miller on the other factory team Ducati was the first to venture out on slick tyres.

Miller’s adventure ultimately came to nothing substantial, the Australian 14th at the chequered flag.

Jack Miller, Ducati Team

Jack Miller, Ducati Team

Photo by: Gold and Goose / Motorsport Images

Savadori held onto top spot, 0.154s clear of Zarco, while world champion Joan Mir completed the top three on his Suzuki.

Bagnaia was a further 0.616s behind Mir ahead of the sister Aprilia of Aleix Espargaro, while Alex Rins was sixth on the Suzuki.

Alex Marquez leaped up to seventh with his final effort on the LCR Honda, heading Lecuona, Maverick Vinales on the only Yamaha in the top 10 in FP2 and Marc Marquez on the factory Honda.

Championship leader Fabio Quartararo was 2.1s off the pace in 15th in a typically difficult session for Yamaha riders in drying conditions, with Petronas SRT stand-in Cal Crutchlow 20th and the retiring Valentino Rossi on the sister SRT M1 22nd.

Petrucci was shuffled back to 18th after his early run at the sharp-end, while factory KTM rider Miguel Oliveira only completed an out-lap in FP2 due to pain in his wrist from his FP1 crash.

MotoGP Styrian Grand Prix - FP2 results

Cla Rider Bike Laps Time Gap
1 Italy Lorenzo Savadori Aprilia 19 1'31.304  
2 France Johann Zarco Ducati 21 1'31.458 0.154
3 Spain Joan Mir Suzuki 18 1'31.566 0.262
4 Italy Francesco Bagnaia Ducati 21 1'32.182 0.878
5 Spain Aleix Espargaro Aprilia 12 1'32.231 0.927
6 Spain Alex Rins Suzuki 18 1'32.311 1.007
7 Spain Alex Marquez Honda 16 1'32.445 1.141
8 Spain Iker Lecuona KTM 20 1'32.543 1.239
9 Spain Maverick Viñales Yamaha 13 1'32.685 1.381
10 Spain Marc Marquez Honda 14 1'32.841 1.537
11 Italy Enea Bastianini Ducati 21 1'33.024 1.720
12 Italy Luca Marini Ducati 18 1'33.152 1.848
13 Spain Pol Espargaro Honda 16 1'33.415 2.111
14 Australia Jack Miller Ducati 14 1'33.453 2.149
15 France Fabio Quartararo Yamaha 18 1'33.498 2.194
16 South Africa Brad Binder KTM 19 1'33.589 2.285
17 Japan Takaaki Nakagami Honda 15 1'33.658 2.354
18 Italy Danilo Petrucci KTM 15 1'33.684 2.380
19 Spain Jorge Martin Ducati 20 1'33.906 2.602
20 United Kingdom Cal Crutchlow Yamaha 19 1'33.954 2.650
21 Spain Dani Pedrosa KTM 17 1'33.954 2.650
22 Italy Valentino Rossi Yamaha 20 1'34.582 3.278
23 Portugal Miguel Oliveira KTM 1    

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