Aragon MotoGP: Vinales dominates FP2 as Ducati struggles

Maverick Vinales once again led a Yamaha 1-2-3 after topping second practice for the MotoGP Aragon Grand Prix, while no Ducati made it into provisional Q2 spots.

Aragon MotoGP: Vinales dominates FP2 as Ducati struggles

The warmer track temperatures compared to the morning session meant lap times were almost instantly at FP1 level, with the Yamaha trio of Vinales, Franco Morbidelli and his Petronas teammate Fabio Quartararo trading top spot.

Vinales set the early pace with a 1m50.688s, before Morbidelli bested him with a 1m49.953s and Quartararo responded with a 1m49.754s.

After the next salvo of laps, Morbidelli assumed control with a 1m49.162s, before dipping into the 1m48s for the first time with a 1m48.992s 10 minutes into the session.

Morbidelli’s lap went unchallenged for the next eight minutes, when Suzuki’s Joan Mir put in an encouraging 1m48.891s.

Tyre warm-up has been an issue for Suzuki this season, particularly in qualifying, but Mir’s lap and his following 1m48.688s were set at the start of a stint on brand new soft rubber.

With just over 10 minutes to go, Quartararo returned to the top of the order with a 1m48.406s, before improving to a 1m48.210s to go almost half a second clear of the field.

A flurry of personal best laps started to come in when the session entered its final five minutes as the colder conditions expected for FP3 will make progressing into Q2 much harder.

But only Vinales on the factory Yamaha put Quartararo under threat, with the Spaniard monstering the field with a 1m47.771s – a lap some three tenths quicker than the FP2 best from one year ago when track temperatures were around 14 degrees warmer.

Vinales went unchallenged through to the chequered flag, with Quartararo reducing his factory team counterpart’s advantage to 0.249 seconds with his final effort of 1m48.020s.

Morbidelli completed the top three on the 2019 M1, with Mir to the top Suzuki in fourth ahead of top Honda man Cal Crutchlow on the LCR RC213V.

Aleix Espargaro got his Aprilia up to sixth ahead of his KTM-mounted brother Pol, while Alex Marquez leaped up to eighth late on his factory Honda late on.

Takaaki Nakagami (LCR) and Alex Rins on the sister Suzuki completed the top 10, with Johann Zarco 11th on the Avintia Ducati after a late crash at Turn 2.

He headed teammate Tito Rabat, the leading GP20 Ducati rider Andrea Dovizioso, Pramac’s Jack Miller and Le Mans winner Danilo Petrucci, while Francesco Bagnaia (Pramac) was 19th.

Brad Binder completed the field in 21st on the KTM having crashed at Turn 14 15 minutes into the session. Stefan Bradl took a tumble at Turn 12.

Saturday’s FP3 sessions for all three classes have been delayed by half an hour to allow for safer track temperatures, after MotoGP FP1 was postponed by 35 minutes this morning.  

FP2 results:

Cla Rider Bike Time Gap
1 Spain Maverick Viñales Yamaha 1'47.771  
2 France Fabio Quartararo Yamaha 1'48.020 0.249
3 Italy Franco Morbidelli Yamaha 1'48.218 0.447
4 Spain Joan Mir Suzuki 1'48.501 0.730
5 United Kingdom Cal Crutchlow Honda 1'48.598 0.827
6 Spain Aleix Espargaro Aprilia 1'48.670 0.899
7 Spain Pol Espargaro KTM 1'48.746 0.975
8 Spain Alex Marquez Honda 1'48.823 1.052
9 Japan Takaaki Nakagami Honda 1'48.824 1.053
10 Spain Alex Rins Suzuki 1'48.839 1.068
11 France Johann Zarco Ducati 1'48.906 1.135
12 Spain Tito Rabat Ducati 1'49.003 1.232
13 Italy Andrea Dovizioso Ducati 1'49.015 1.244
14 Australia Jack Miller Ducati 1'49.026 1.255
15 Italy Danilo Petrucci Ducati 1'49.107 1.336
16 Spain Iker Lecuona KTM 1'49.165 1.394
17 Portugal Miguel Oliveira KTM 1'49.208 1.437
18 United Kingdom Bradley Smith Aprilia 1'49.258 1.487
19 Italy Francesco Bagnaia Ducati 1'49.488 1.717
20 Germany Stefan Bradl Honda 1'50.091 2.320
21 South Africa Brad Binder KTM 1'50.244 2.473
shares
comments
Aragon MotoGP: Vinales tops delayed FP1, Quartararo crashes

Previous article

Aragon MotoGP: Vinales tops delayed FP1, Quartararo crashes

Next article

Why Yamaha won't have a Hulkenberg moment with Lorenzo

Why Yamaha won't have a Hulkenberg moment with Lorenzo
Load comments

About this article

Series MotoGP
Event Aragon GP
Sub-event FP2
Drivers Maverick Viñales
Teams Yamaha Factory Racing
Author Lewis Duncan
The impossible problem Honda faces with its 2021 MotoGP bike Prime

The impossible problem Honda faces with its 2021 MotoGP bike

Honda hasn’t enjoyed an easy start to the 2021 MotoGP campaign, despite gains last season which looked to have carried over into the pre-season. Now admitting it does have issues in serious need of resolving, it faces an almost impossible task in doing so.

How Jerez underlined MotoGP's speed problem Prime

How Jerez underlined MotoGP's speed problem

The brutal nature of a series of crashes at Jerez has reopened the debate about whether current MotoGP speeds are beyond the safety limits of the tracks. But even if riders are supportive of the move, getting the manufacturers to find a consensus on how speed reductions should be achieved may be altogether harder

MotoGP
May 4, 2021
How a Crutchlow helped Miller to Jerez MotoGP redemption Prime

How a Crutchlow helped Miller to Jerez MotoGP redemption

Jack Miller’s tough start to life as a factory Ducati MotoGP rider left him mentally battered and bruised, but a pep talk and positive reinforcement from a surprising source aided the Australian to show his full potential with victory at the Spanish Grand Prix

MotoGP
May 3, 2021
What does Marc Marquez have to do to get back to his best? Prime

What does Marc Marquez have to do to get back to his best?

Following his resounding MotoGP return with a seventh place finish in Portugal, Marc Marquez now must work to rediscover his best form before turning his attention towards results-based targets

MotoGP
Apr 20, 2021
How Yamaha's rookie-spec MotoGP star is taking charge Prime

How Yamaha's rookie-spec MotoGP star is taking charge

Fabio Quartararo is on a roll in 2021 after storming to victory at a venue five months earlier served up one of his worst races. Contrasting Portuguese GPs for Yamaha's factory duo make it hard to understand just how good its 2021 MotoGP bike is, but the Portimao weekend did at least expose one key improvement compared to 2020

MotoGP
Apr 19, 2021
The hurdles Marquez faces next in his Portugal MotoGP return Prime

The hurdles Marquez faces next in his Portugal MotoGP return

Even by Marc Marquez’s own high standards, his MotoGP comeback on Friday at the Portuguese Grand Prix will be considered a success even if he didn’t top the times. But having shown competitive pace on his first day back, both Marquez and his rivals know plenty more challenges are to come...

MotoGP
Apr 16, 2021
Where does Espargaro sit ahead of Marquez's return? Prime

Where does Espargaro sit ahead of Marquez's return?

Pol Espargaro’s first results as a Honda MotoGP rider may not appear special. But dig a little deeper and a clearer picture of his performance emerges. And, as Lewis Duncan writes, it’s cause for celebration at Honda with the return of Marc Marquez set to provide Espargaro with the reference he has been missing so far this year

MotoGP
Apr 12, 2021
The "pit bull" MotoGP rookie already drawing legendary comparisons Prime

The "pit bull" MotoGP rookie already drawing legendary comparisons

MotoGP’s 2021 rookie crop is one of the strongest in recent years, but one is already standing out. Jorge Martin’s Doha GP heroics have courted many to compare him to numerous MotoGP legends. Autosport spoke to Pramac boss Francesco Guidotti to find out why MotoGP’s latest Spanish star is already making such an impact

MotoGP
Apr 9, 2021