Brno MotoGP: Pedrosa leads Petrucci in mixed-up FP2

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Brno MotoGP: Pedrosa leads Petrucci in mixed-up FP2
David Gruz
By: David Gruz
Aug 3, 2018, 1:26 PM

Dani Pedrosa set the pace in second MotoGP practice at Brno, as a mixed-up order left several frontrunners in danger of missing the cut-off for Q2.

Pedrosa's Honda teammate Marc Marquez led early on, his 1m36.635s narrowly beating Johann Zarco's benchmark from the morning session, followed by Pedrosa and another Honda rider Cal Crutchlow.

However, like in FP1, Marquez was then dethroned Dovizioso, the Italian taking the lead with five minutes remaining as the late-session flyers began.

Dovizioso's lead was short-lived as Pedrosa soon beat him by three tenths, and the Spaniard further improved to end up topping the session with a 1m55.976s.

Second place was traded among Ducati riders with Pramac's Danilo Petrucci claiming the spot, 0.123s behind Pedrosa.

Angel Nieto Ducati's Alvaro Bautista was third, while Tech 3's Hafizh Syahrin made up a surprise top four as the leading Yamaha rider.

Dovizioso ended up fifth, followed by the factory Yamahas of Maverick Vinales and Valentino Rossi.

Avintia Ducati rider Tito Rabat took eighth, ahead of Syahrin's teammate Zarco and Marquez.

As it's the same top 10 in the combined practice order, Suzuki duo of Andrea Iannone and Alex Rins, Jack Miller (Pramac), Crutchlow (LCR Honda) and Ducati's Jorge Lorenzo will all need to improve their position on Saturday morning to avoid Q1.

Honda wildcard Stefan Bradl was 18th in FP2, while Suzuki test rider Sylvain Guintoli propped up the order in 26th.

Session results:

Pos. # Rider Bike Time Gap
1 26 Spain Dani Pedrosa Honda 1'55.976  
2 9 Italy Danilo Petrucci Ducati 1'56.099 0.123
3 19 Spain Alvaro Bautista Ducati 1'56.144 0.168
4 55 Malaysia Hafizh Syahrin Yamaha 1'56.200 0.224
5 4 Italy Andrea Dovizioso Ducati 1'56.218 0.242
6 25 Spain Maverick Viñales Yamaha 1'56.392 0.416
7 46 Italy Valentino Rossi Yamaha 1'56.480 0.504
8 53 Spain Tito Rabat Ducati 1'56.521 0.545
9 5 France Johann Zarco Yamaha 1'56.535 0.559
10 93 Spain Marc Marquez Honda 1'56.635 0.659
11 29 Italy Andrea Iannone Suzuki 1'56.644 0.668
12 42 Spain Alex Rins Suzuki 1'56.661 0.685
13 43 Australia Jack Miller Ducati 1'56.915 0.939
14 35 United Kingdom Cal Crutchlow Honda 1'57.014 1.038
15 99 Spain Jorge Lorenzo Ducati 1'57.205 1.229
16 41 Spain Aleix Espargaro Aprilia 1'57.417 1.441
17 44 Spain Pol Espargaro KTM 1'57.473 1.497
18 6 Germany Stefan Bradl Honda 1'57.479 1.503
19 21 Italy Franco Morbidelli Honda 1'57.498 1.522
20 38 United Kingdom Bradley Smith KTM 1'57.506 1.530
21 30 Japan Takaaki Nakagami Honda 1'57.647 1.671
22 12 Switzerland Thomas Luthi Honda 1'57.729 1.753
23 45 United Kingdom Scott Redding Aprilia 1'57.941 1.965
24 17 Czech Republic Karel Abraham Ducati 1'58.127 2.151
25 10 Belgium Xavier Simeon Ducati 1'58.453 2.477
26 50 France Sylvain Guintoli Suzuki 1'58.617 2.641
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