Austria MotoGP: Dovizioso tops drying second practice

Ducati factory rider Andrea Dovizioso set the pace in a mainly dry second MotoGP practice at the Red Bull Ring, beating Yamaha's Maverick Vinales by two tenths.

The track hadn't fully dried up for FP2 following a heavy shower right after first practice.

Consequently, the first 15 minutes saw little action with only a few riders, led by Avintia Ducati's Loris Baz, coming out on track.

Then, Honda rider Marc Marquez soon took over the lead and improved a few times to sit first with a time of 1m24.649s, a time nearly identical to Hector Barbera's FP1 benchmark.

During the final five minutes, Johann Zarco (Tech 3 Yamaha), Jorge Lorenzo (Ducati) and Dani Pedrosa (Honda) all went faster, but Vinales was ahead by the time the chequered flag fell.

However, Dovizioso lowered the benchmark by 0.234s with his final flyer, which was a 1m24.046s.

Vinales ended up second, followed by Pedrosa, Zarco and Lorenzo.

Marquez dropped as low as sixth, the Spaniard nearly crashing at Turn 4 in the late stages as he ran through the gravel.

LCR Honda's Cal Crutchlow was seventh, the Briton seemingly frustrated with Pramac Ducati rider Scott Redding for impeding. 

Aprilia's Aleix Espargaro, Redding and Aspar Ducati rider Alvaro Bautista completed the top 10.

The second factory Yamaha of Valentino Rossi had another low-key session, as he only finished 12th, narrowly behind top KTM rider Pol Espargaro.

Second practice results:

Pos.#RiderBikeTimeGap
1 4 italy Andrea Dovizioso  Ducati 1'24.046  
2 25 spain Maverick Viñales  Yamaha 1'24.280 0.234
3 26 spain Dani Pedrosa  Honda 1'24.474 0.428
4 5 france Johann Zarco  Yamaha 1'24.522 0.476
5 99 spain Jorge Lorenzo  Ducati 1'24.616 0.570
6 93 spain Marc Marquez  Honda 1'24.649 0.603
7 35 united_kingdom Cal Crutchlow  Honda 1'24.668 0.622
8 41 spain Aleix Espargaro  Aprilia 1'24.726 0.680
9 45 united_kingdom Scott Redding  Ducati 1'24.765 0.719
10 19 spain Alvaro Bautista  Ducati 1'24.780 0.734
11 44 spain Pol Espargaro  KTM 1'24.859 0.813
12 46 italy Valentino Rossi  Yamaha 1'24.883 0.837
13 76 france Loris Baz  Ducati 1'24.925 0.879
14 9 italy Danilo Petrucci  Ducati 1'24.935 0.889
15 94 germany Jonas Folger  Yamaha 1'24.992 0.946
16 29 italy Andrea Iannone  Suzuki 1'25.218 1.172
17 8 spain Hector Barbera  Ducati 1'25.258 1.212
18 22 united_kingdom Sam Lowes  Aprilia 1'25.270 1.224
19 36 finland Mika Kallio  KTM 1'25.320 1.274
20 43 australia Jack Miller  Honda 1'25.335 1.289
21 17 czech_republic Karel Abraham  Ducati 1'25.369 1.323
22 42 spain Alex Rins  Suzuki 1'25.452 1.406
23 53 spain Tito Rabat  Honda 1'25.616 1.570
24 38 united_kingdom Bradley Smith  KTM 1'25.664 1.618
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Series MotoGP
Event Austrian GP
Sub-event Friday practice
Track Red Bull Ring
Drivers Andrea Dovizioso
Teams Ducati Team
Article type Practice report