Dovizioso on top again in FP2 at Mugello

Andrea Dovizioso again set the fastest time in the second free practice session for the Italian Grand Prix at Mugello for Ducati.

Track temperatures were much warmer than this morning’s session, and Valentino Rossi set the early pace in the 45-minute session on his factory Yamaha on 1m48.460s.

That benchmark was soon eclipsed by teammate – and recent form man – Jorge Lorenzo, who unleashed a ferocious series of quick laps: 1m48.098s, then 1m48.035s and a 1m47.966s.

On his second run, Lorenzo lowered the P1 time to 1m47.852s, just before Honda's Marc Marquez hit his sweet spot and beat him with 1m47.776 and then a 1m47.643s.

Dovizioso was only fifth after his first run, four tenths off the laptime he achieved this morning, and saved his best run until the end of the session.

Running the medium-compound rear tyre, he started with 1m47.668s, just 0.025s off Marquez, then produced a 1m47.479s.

Marquez stayed second, ahead of Lorenzo. Bradley Smith leapt to fifth in the closing moments on his Tech 3 Yamaha, just behind the second Ducati of Andrea Iannone.

Cal Crutchlow was sixth on his LCR Honda, ahead of Aleix Espargaro (Suzuki) and Scott Redding's Honda.

Rossi was only ninth fastest, ploughing into the gravel at the first corner at the end of the session.

Eugene Laverty was the session’s only true casualty, crashing out at the final corner with 15 minutes remaining.

Aleix Espargaro, soldiering on despite a nasty hand injury from his Le Mans crash, had a brief trip to the gravel, but emerged unscathed.

It was a disappointing session for Dani Pedrosa, who languished in 13th on his factory Honda.

Pos Rider  Bike   Time  Gap
Andrea Dovizioso Ducati 1m47.479  
Marc Marquez Honda 1m47.643 0.164
Jorge Lorenzo Yamaha 1m47.852 0.373
Andrea Iannone Ducati 1m47.994 0.515
Bradley Smith Yamaha 1m48.038 0.559
Cal Crutchlow Honda 1m48.124 0.645
Aleix Espargaro Suzuki 1m48.137 0.658
Scott Redding Honda 1m48.164 0.685
Valentino Rossi Yamaha 1m48.211 0.732
10  Pol Espargaro Yamaha 1m48.283 0.804
11  Michele Pirro Ducati 1m48.317 0.838
12  Danilo Petrucci Ducati 1m48.419 0.940
13  Dani Pedrosa Honda 1m48.435 0.956
14  Yonny Hernandez Ducati 1m48.483 1.004
15  Maverick Vinales Suzuki 1m48.493 1.014
16  Stefan Bradl Yamaha Forward 1m48.694 1.215
17  Karel Abraham Honda 1m48.851 1.372
18  Hector Barbera Ducati 1m48.926 1.447
19  Jack Miller Honda 1m49.030 1.551
20  Mike Di Meglio Ducati 1m49.729 2.250
21  Alvaro Bautista Aprilia 1m49.741 2.262
22  Loris Baz Yamaha Forward 1m49.825 2.346
23  Eugene Laverty Honda 1m49.864 2.385
24  Nicky Hayden Honda 1m49.866 2.387
25  Alex de Angelis ART/Aprilia 1m50.477 2.998
26  Marco Melandri Aprilia 1m51.800 4.321
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Series MotoGP
Event Italian GP
Track Mugello Circuit
Drivers Bradley Smith , Andrea Dovizioso , Jorge Lorenzo , Marc Marquez
Article type Practice report