Brno MotoGP: Quartararo leads Petronas 1-2 in FP2

Lewis Duncan
·3 min read

Factory Ducati rider Danilo Petrucci set the initial pace in FP2 with a 1m58.583s, though this was quickly beaten by KTM’s Pol Espargaro with a 1m57.583s. 

Championship leader Quartararo deposed the factory KTM man with a 1m57.564s, before Joan Mir leaped up to top spot on the Suzuki with a 1m57.445s.

This stood as the benchmark until the closing six minutes, when most of the field opted for a time attack on soft rubber.

Morbidelli blitzed the field with a 1m56.509s, and this lap would remain intact until after the chequered flag, when teammate Quartararo started lighting up the timing screens. 

Quartararo was repeatedly caught on camera visibly angry, and was shaking his head after firing in the 1m56.502s lap which put him into top spot at the end of the session. 

Tech 3’s Miguel Oliveira completed the top three, 0.048s off top spot at a circuit where KTM comes armed with recent data courtesy of a private test with Dani Pedrosa last month.

Avintia Ducati's Johann Zarco leaped up to fourth late on to end the day as top Ducati runner, with Maverick Vinales fifth on the works Yamaha. 

Mir was shuffled back to sixth ahead of Aprilia’s Aleix Espargaro, while his KTM-mounted brother Pol was a further 0.018s adrift in eighth.

FP1 pacesetter Takaaki Nakagami was ninth and top Honda runner on the year-old LCR RC213V, with Pramac Ducati’s Jack Miller completing the top 10.

Neither works team Ducati riders currently occupy a provisional Q2 place, with Petrucci heading Andrea Dovizioso in 14th – the latter not bettering his time from FP1. 

Valentino Rossi was 12th on the sister works team Yamaha ahead of the still-injured Suzuki of Alex Rins, with Alex Marquez 16th on the Honda after suffering a technical issue early in the session.

Marc Marquez’s stand-in Stefan Bradl once again propped up the field, some 1.922s off the pace as he gears up for his first MotoGP race in almost a year. 

and will be out of action at next week’s Austrian GP.

Czech GP - Second practice results:

1

20

France
France

Fabio Quartararo

Yamaha

1'56.502

2

21

Italy
Italy

Franco Morbidelli

Yamaha

1'56.509

0.007

3

88

Portugal
Portugal

Miguel Oliveira

KTM

1'56.550

0.048

4

5

France
France

Johann Zarco

Ducati

1'56.583

0.081

5

12

Spain
Spain

Maverick Viñales

Yamaha

1'56.668

0.166

6

36

Spain
Spain

Joan Mir

Suzuki

1'56.876

0.374

7

41

Spain
Spain

Aleix Espargaro

Aprilia

1'57.041

0.539

8

44

Spain
Spain

Pol Espargaro

KTM

1'57.059

0.557

9

30

Japan
Japan

Takaaki Nakagami

Honda

1'57.073

0.571

10

43

Australia
Australia

Jack Miller

Ducati

1'57.109

0.607

11

33

South Africa
South Africa

Brad Binder

KTM

1'57.279

0.777

12

46

Italy
Italy

Valentino Rossi

Yamaha

1'57.290

0.788

13

42

Spain
Spain

Alex Rins

Suzuki

1'57.354

0.852

14

9

Italy
Italy

Danilo Petrucci

Ducati

1'57.620

1.118

15

4

Italy
Italy

Andrea Dovizioso

Ducati

1'57.635

1.133

16

73

Spain
Spain

Alex Marquez

Honda

1'57.688

1.186

17

53

Spain
Spain

Tito Rabat

Ducati

1'57.777

1.275

18

35

United Kingdom
United Kingdom

Cal Crutchlow

Honda

1'57.865

1.363

19

38

United Kingdom
United Kingdom

Bradley Smith

Aprilia

1'58.161

1.659

20

27

Spain
Spain

Iker Lecuona

KTM

1'58.378

1.876

21

6

Germany
Germany

Stefan Bradl

Honda

1'58.424

1.922

63

Italy
Italy

Francesco Bagnaia

Ducati

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