Espargaro puts Suzuki on top in FP2

Aleix Espargaro put Suzuki on top of the times in the second MotoGP practice session for the Catalan Grand Prix.

World champion Marc Marquez looked set to finish first, but Espargaro put a very late flyer - including an impressive Sector 4 time - to outpace the Honda rider by nearly three tenths of a second.

Marquez, quickest in the morning, had to settle for second place ahead of teammate Dani Pedrosa, who was over six tenths of a second off Espargaro's pace.

Ducati's Andrea Dovizioso finished in fourth, with Espargaro's teammate Maverick Vinales completing the top five.

Championship leader Valentino Rossi continued to struggle for pace at the Barcelona circuit and finished outside of the top 10 in 11th position. Teammate Jorge Lorenzo was seventh fastest.

Espargaro was once again the early pace-setter on the Suzuki, initially lapping in the 1:42 before becoming the first rider to lap in the 1m:41s seven minutes into the session, with Lorenzo following closely.

Like in opening practice, Marquez waited until the final minutes to show his real pace, going quickest with slightly over two minutes to go despite finding traffic on his flying lap.

The world champion went even quicker on his following lap to increase his gap to Pedrosa, who moved up to second in the dying seconds.

However, Espargaro flew to P1 after the chequered flag had fallen with a sensational Sector 4, where he outpaced his rivals by over three tenths.

The session was incident-free for the most part except for off-track excursion for Cal Crutchlow and later a fall for Scott Redding, who crashed out at Turn 10 and was forced to abandon his bike and use the spare one for the remainder of the session.

 Pos  Rider   Bike   Time   Gap   Laps 
Aleix Espargaro Suzuki 1'41.158   17
Marc Marquez Honda 1'41.443 0.285 18
Daniel Pedrosa Honda 1'41.789 0.631 19
Andrea Dovizioso Ducati 1'41.823 0.665 16
Maverick Vinales Suzuki 1'41.922 0.764 18
Andrea Iannone Ducati 1'41.938 0.780 19
Jorge Lorenzo Yamaha 1'42.034 0.876 17
Cal Crutchlow Honda 1'42.044 0.886 17
Pol Espargaro Yamaha 1'42.313 1.155 20
10  Scott Redding Honda 1'42.354 1.196 16
11  Valentino Rossi Yamaha 1'42.367 1.209 20
12  Yonny Hernandez Ducati 1'42.417 1.259 19
13  Bradley Smith Yamaha 1'42.645 1.487 21
14  Héctor Barbera Ducati 1'42.697 1.539 13
15  Loris Baz Yamaha Forward 1'42.968 1.810 15
16  Danilo Petrucci Ducati 1'42.995 1.837 19
17  Nicky Hayden Honda 1'43.110 1.952 19
18  Eugene Laverty Honda 1'43.351 2.193 19
19  Jack Miller Honda 1'43.369 2.211 16
20  Álvaro Bautista Aprilia 1'43.463 2.305 19
21  Karel Abraham Honda 1'43.562 2.404 16
22  Mike Di Meglio Ducati 1'43.760 2.602 15
23  Stefan Bradl Yamaha Forward 1'43.851 2.693 17
24  Alex de Angelis ART/Aprilia 1'44.614 3.456 18
25  Marco Melandri Aprilia 1'45.323 4.165 16
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Series MotoGP
Event Catalan GP
Track Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya
Drivers Aleix Espargaro
Teams Team Suzuki MotoGP
Article type Practice report