Emilia Romagna MotoGP: Miller tops damp FP2, Quartararo 16th

Ducati’s Jack Miller dominated a damp second MotoGP practice for the Emilia Romagna Grand Prix as points leader Fabio Quartararo’s wet woes continued in 16th.

The rain from FP1 had disappeared but the track remained damp for the start of the second 45-minute session of the Misano weekend.

With conditions better than they were, improvements on the combined standings came in quickly, with Ducati’s Jack Miller setting the most significant time in the opening stages of FP2.

The Australian found a 1m41.833s to take over at the top of the pile just under 10 minutes into the session, before improving that to a 1m41.547s.

This put him over a second clear of Johann Zarco’s FP1 best, while on the individual FP2 times he was 1.2 seconds clear of Tech 3 KTM’s Iker Lecuona.

Miller’s 1m41.305s would go unchallenged through to the chequered flag despite further improvements being made in the closing stages when the track was at its driest.

The Australian ended up 0.927s clear of Pramac’s Zarco, who made a late move up to second, with Aprilia’s Aleix Espargaro completing the top three a further 0.059s back.

Lecuona ended his strong afternoon fourth in FP2 ahead of his factory KTM counterpart Miguel Oliveira, with Avintia rookie Luca Marini making a move to sixth at the death.

Lorenzo Savadori is making a wildcard appearance for Aprilia this weekend and currently holds a provisional Q2 place at the end of Friday after finishing FP2 seventh.

Francesco Bagnaia was eighth on the second factory team Ducati, 1.364s off his teammate’s pace, but would likely have been a bit closer had he not made a mistake on his final flying lap going through the Curvone right-hander.

Completing the top 10 was the second Tech 3 KTM of Danilo Petrucci and Pramac’s Jorge Martin, with reigning world champion Joan Mir on the Suzuki shuffled out of the top 10 into 11th by 0.033s.

The late changes to the top 10 also led to Austin race winner Marc Marquez being shuffled into a provisional Q1 spot in 14th on his Honda behind brother Alex Marquez (LCR Honda) and Avintia’s Enea Bastianini.

Alex Rins joined his Suzuki teammate Mir in failing to crack the top 10 on a low-key day for the Spaniard down in 15th, with championship leader Quartararo 1.792s off the pace down in 16th after another scrappy session in the wet conditions.

A crash at Turn 13 in the final 15 minutes for Honda’s Pol Espargaro left him stranded down in 19th ahead of Yamaha’s Franco Morbidelli and Aprilia’s Maverick Vinales, with Valentino Rossi (Petronas SRT) shadowing his former teammates.

Emilia Romagna MotoGP - FP2 results:

Cla Rider Bike Time Gap
1 Australia Jack Miller Ducati 1'41.305  
2 France Johann Zarco Ducati 1'42.232 0.927
3 Spain Aleix Espargaro Aprilia 1'42.291 0.986
4 Spain Iker Lecuona KTM 1'42.576 1.271
5 Portugal Miguel Oliveira KTM 1'42.591 1.286
6 Italy Luca Marini Ducati 1'42.601 1.296
7 Italy Lorenzo Savadori Aprilia 1'42.615 1.310
8 Italy Francesco Bagnaia Ducati 1'42.669 1.364
9 Italy Danilo Petrucci KTM 1'42.775 1.470
10 Spain Jorge Martin Ducati 1'42.809 1.504
11 Spain Joan Mir Suzuki 1'42.842 1.537
12 Italy Enea Bastianini Ducati 1'42.842 1.537
13 Spain Alex Marquez Honda 1'42.879 1.574
14 Spain Marc Marquez Honda 1'42.883 1.578
15 Spain Alex Rins Suzuki 1'42.944 1.639
16 France Fabio Quartararo Yamaha 1'43.097 1.792
17 South Africa Brad Binder KTM 1'43.237 1.932
18 Italy Michele Pirro Ducati 1'43.413 2.108
19 Spain Pol Espargaro Honda 1'43.470 2.165
20 Italy Franco Morbidelli Yamaha 1'43.585 2.280
21 Spain Maverick Viñales Aprilia 1'43.679 2.374
22 Italy Valentino Rossi Yamaha 1'43.789 2.484
23 Japan Takaaki Nakagami Honda 1'44.075 2.770
24 Italy Andrea Dovizioso Yamaha 1'44.643 3.338
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