Vinales pips Quartararo by 0.057s in Misano MotoGP FP2

Maverick Vinales narrowly led fellow Yamaha rider Fabio Quartararo in the second MotoGP free practice session for the San Marino Grand Prix at Misano

Vinales pips Quartararo by 0.057s in Misano MotoGP FP2

Vinales and Quartararo ended up over three tenths clear of Honda's Marc Marquez, who had led most of the session before being surpassed by the Yamahas late on.

Marquez ran in Vinales' wheel tracks in the opening minutes of the session to log a 1m33.171s, which was just two hundredths off Quartararo's FP1-topping effort.

The championship leader had run a new soft tyre, and thus held a nearly half-second lead over nearest rival Vinales until those behind him equipped fresh rubber for the closing runs of FP2.

First, Valentino Rossi closed to within three tenths of Marquez, before the other works Yamaha of Vinales recorded the first sub-1m33s attempt of the weekend.

This 1m32.775s was two tenths quicker than Quartararo's first push lap on the soft rear tyre, and though the Petronas SRT rookie improved again at the chequered flag, he came up 0.057s short of toppling Vinales.

With the top three made up of the same riders as the morning, Rossi was best of the rest in fourth, albeit seven tenths off the pace.

Quartararo's SRT team-mate Franco Morbidelli made it four Yamahas in the top five, while Pol Espargaro led KTM's charge in sixth place.

The two factory Ducatis of Danilo Petrucci and Andrea Dovizioso were seventh and eighth respectively, ahead of Suzuki's Alex Rins and LCR Honda's Cal Crutchlow.

However, Rins and Crutchlow are currently on course to miss out on automatic spots in Q2, with Aleix Espargaro (Aprilia) and Michele Pirro (Ducati) within the combined classification top 10 instead on the strength of their FP1 laps.

Marquez's Honda teammate Jorge Lorenzo produced an improved showing compared to the morning, but remains in 17th place - with the top 21 split by 1.6 seconds.

Pos Rider Team Bike Time Gap Laps
1 Maverick Vinales Yamaha Yamaha 1m32.775s - 21
2 Fabio Quartararo Petronas Yamaha Yamaha 1m32.832s 0.057s 19
3 Marc Marquez Honda Honda 1m33.171s 0.396s 22
4 Valentino Rossi Yamaha Yamaha 1m33.470s 0.695s 21
5 Franco Morbidelli Petronas Yamaha Yamaha 1m33.524s 0.749s 20
6 Pol Espargaro KTM KTM 1m33.624s 0.849s 19
7 Danilo Petrucci Ducati Ducati 1m33.728s 0.953s 18
8 Andrea Dovizioso Ducati Ducati 1m33.826s 1.051s 21
9 Alex Rins Suzuki Suzuki 1m33.874s 1.099s 23
10 Cal Crutchlow LCR Honda Honda 1m33.907s 1.132s 19
11 Aleix Espargaro Aprilia Aprilia 1m33.950s 1.175s 17
12 Johann Zarco KTM KTM 1m33.956s 1.181s 18
13 Takaaki Nakagami LCR Honda Honda 1m33.998s 1.223s 19
14 Francesco Bagnaia Pramac Ducati Ducati 1m34.003s 1.228s 17
15 Michele Pirro Ducati Ducati 1m34.062s 1.287s 17
16 Jack Miller Pramac Ducati Ducati 1m34.070s 1.295s 16
17 Jorge Lorenzo Honda Honda 1m34.139s 1.364s 19
18 Tito Rabat Avintia Ducati Ducati 1m34.206s 1.431s 19
19 Joan Mir Suzuki Suzuki 1m34.229s 1.454s 17
20 Miguel Oliveira Tech3 KTM KTM 1m34.362s 1.587s 19
21 Andrea Iannone Aprilia Aprilia 1m34.381s 1.606s 20
22 Karel Abraham Avintia Ducati Ducati 1m34.843s 2.068s 15
23 Hafizh Syahrin Tech3 KTM KTM 1m34.935s 2.160s 18

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