Valencia MotoGP: Lorenzo fastest in FP2, Rossi down in fourth

Jorge Lorenzo went fastest in the second Friday practice session for the MotoGP finale at the Ricardo Tormo circuit in Valencia.

Lorenzo, seven points behind championship leader Valentino Rossi, set the quickest time of the day with a lap of 1:31.111, outpacing Honda's Dani Pedrosa by 0.266 seconds.

Ducati's Andrea Iannone was third fastest, with Rossi down in fourth position, over three tenths of a second behind Lorenzo.

Marc Marquez, quickest in the morning for Honda, had to settle for fifth place after failing to improve to on his FP1 best.

Pramac's Danilo Petrucci went sixth fastest ahead of the Espargaro brothers, with Pol leading Aleix.

LCR's Cal Crutchlow and Suzuki's Maverick Vinales completed the top 10.

Rossi was the first man to lap in the 1:31s in the session, but was still far from the best times set in the morning, before Marquez regained the top spot with a lap still around half a second off his best from FP1 in what was his first run in FP2.

Rossi bettered his morning time with 25 minutes to go to jump to the head of the timesheets, albeit with a lap still slower than Marquez's best.

The Spaniard then relegated his rival with the fastest lap of the session, a 1:31.492, in his second run on the Honda.

Lorenzo and Pedrosa also lapped in the 1:31s as the session passed the halfway mark to slot themselves in third and fourth respectively, but were split by the Tech 3 Yamaha of Pal Espargaro minutes later.

With 10 minutes to go, Marquez made a slight improvement on his third run to increase his gap to Rossi to just 0.076s.

But less than two minutes later, Lorenzo set a new benchmark on the Yamaha, the Spaniard posting the quickest time of the weekend at that point, 1:31.111, with a new set of tyres.

Pedrosa improved with three minutes left on the clock, the Honda rider jumping up to second place ahead of Rossi, who also went quicker in the dying moments of the session.

Iannone, however, moved into third with the Ducati, relegating Rossi to fourth as the championship leader failed to improve in his final run.

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PosRiderTeamTimeGapLaps
1 Jorge Lorenzo  Movistar Yamaha MotoGP 1:31.111   19
2 Dani Pedrosa  Repsol Honda Team 1:31.377 +0.266 21
3 Andrea Iannone  Ducati Team 1:31.444 +0.333 22
4 Valentino Rossi  Movistar Yamaha MotoGP 1:31.475 +0.364 20
5 Marc Marquez  Repsol Honda Team 1:31.481 +0.370 20
6 Danilo Petrucci  Pramac Racing 1:31.575 +0.464 19
7 Pol Espargaro  Monster Yamaha Tech 3 1:31.674 +0.563 17
8 Aleix Espargaro  Team Suzuki ECSTAR 1:31.678 +0.567 18
9 Cal Crutchlow  CWM LCR Honda 1:31.803 +0.692 19
10 Maverick Viñales  Team Suzuki ECSTAR 1:31.986 +0.875 19
11 Hector Barbera  Avintia Racing 1:32.044 +0.933 16
12 Michele Pirro  Ducati Team 1:32.399 +1.288 16
13 Yonny Hernandez  Pramac Racing 1:32.464 +1.353 18
14 Andrea Dovizioso  Ducati Team 1:32.494 +1.383 18
15 Bradley Smith  Monster Yamaha Tech 3 1:32.508 +1.397 22
16 Nicky Hayden  Aspar MotoGP Team 1:32.595 +1.484 18
17 Loris Baz  Athinà Forward Racing 1:32.597 +1.486 16
18 Jack Miller  CWM LCR Honda 1:32.599 +1.488 21
19 Stefan Bradl  Aprilia Racing Team Gresini 1:32.842 +1.731 20
20 Alvaro Bautista  Aprilia Racing Team Gresini 1:32.945 +1.834 20
21 Scott Redding  Estrella Galicia 0,0 Marc VDS 1:33.238 +2.127 19
22 Mike di Meglio  Avintia Racing 1:33.268 +2.157 18
23 Toni Elias  Athinà Forward Racing 1:33.411 +2.300 18
24 Eugene Laverty  Aspar MotoGP Team 1:33.415 +2.304 20
25 Anthony West  AB Motoracing 1:33.838 +2.727 20
26 Broc Parkes  E-Motion IodaRacing Team 1:34.839 +3.728 15

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Series MotoGP
Event Valencia GP
Track Valencia Circuit Ricardo Tormo
Article type Practice report