Germany MotoGP: Bagnaia heads Ducati 1-2-3 in FP2

Francesco Bagnaia set a new lap record on his way to the top of the timesheets in FP2 for the MotoGP German Grand Prix, leading a Ducati 1-2-3.

Germany MotoGP: Bagnaia heads Ducati 1-2-3 in FP2
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Having topped the morning 45-minute practice, Ducati's stranglehold in Germany continued into the afternoon when Bagnaia went fastest of all with a 1m20.018s to beat the absent Marc Marquez's existing lap record.

It only took five minutes for Friday morning's best time of 1m21.479s to be beaten in the sweltering afternoon conditions at the Sachsenring.

Pramac's Jorge Martin, fresh from arm surgery two weeks ago, set the early pace on his Ducati with a 1m21.296s.

This only kept him top of the pile for around a minute, when KTM's Miguel Oliveira went fastest with a 1m21.166s.

Martin found a 1m21.136s shortly after that to return to the top of the order, before Aprilia's Aleix Espargaro dipped into the 1m20s for the first time with a 1m20.789s.

The Spaniard, who comes to Germany second in the standings and 22 points adrift of Yamaha's Fabio Quartararo, ran Aprilia's new aerodynamic fairing in FP2, with teammate Maverick Vinales starting the day on it.

His 1m20.789s kept him at the top of the timesheets until the final six minutes, when FP1 pacesetter Jack Miller lit up the timing screens to blitz his way to a 1m20.211s.

This got Miller close to the lap record, but it would be beaten by teammate Bagnaia when the Italian fired in a 1m20.132s with just over two minutes remaining.

Bagnaia found more time on his final flying lap on fresh soft rubber to produce a 1m20.018s to end Friday fastest of all.

His lap came under threat late on from VR46 Ducati rider Luca Marini, though he would miss out by 0.115 seconds in second.

Miller completed the top three a further 0.078s adrift, with Aleix Espargaro fourth on his Aprilia.

Pramac duo Johann Zarco and Martin completed the top six, with reigning world champion Fabio Quartararo seventh on his Yamaha -0.381s off the pace.

Gresini rookie Fabio Di Giannantonio jumped up to ninth late on to head Joan Mir on the first of the Suzukis, as the 2020 world champion tested a new aero package.

Teammate Alex Rins gritted his teeth through his left hand fracture problems to narrowly miss a provisional Q2 spot in 11th, 0.017s behind Mir, while Takaaki Nakagami was 12th on his LCR Honda ahead of Gresini's Enea Bastianini.

Pol Espargaro was the leading factory team Honda in 14th, while Oliveira faded to 17th on his KTM.

The 2022 MotoGP German GP continues on Saturday at 9:55am local time (8:55am BST) with FP3.

Cla Rider Bike Laps Time Gap
1 Italy Francesco Bagnaia Ducati 23 1'20.018  
2 Italy Luca Marini Ducati 20 1'20.133 0.115
3 Australia Jack Miller Ducati 22 1'20.211 0.193
4 Spain Aleix Espargaro Aprilia 22 1'20.219 0.201
5 France Johann Zarco Ducati 26 1'20.264 0.246
6 Spain Jorge Martin Ducati 23 1'20.275 0.257
7 France Fabio Quartararo Yamaha 22 1'20.399 0.381
8 Spain Maverick Viñales Aprilia 22 1'20.478 0.460
9 Italy Fabio Di Giannantonio Ducati 18 1'20.545 0.527
10 Spain Joan Mir Suzuki 24 1'20.574 0.556
11 Spain Alex Rins Suzuki 19 1'20.591 0.573
12 Japan Takaaki Nakagami Honda 24 1'20.616 0.598
13 Italy Enea Bastianini Ducati 19 1'20.747 0.729
14 Spain Pol Espargaro Honda 20 1'20.816 0.798
15 Italy Franco Morbidelli Yamaha 21 1'20.856 0.838
16 Italy Marco Bezzecchi Ducati 22 1'20.866 0.848
17 Portugal Miguel Oliveira KTM 24 1'20.915 0.897
18 Spain Alex Marquez Honda 25 1'21.053 1.035
19 South Africa Darryn Binder Yamaha 22 1'21.113 1.095
20 Germany Stefan Bradl Honda 25 1'21.117 1.099
21 South Africa Brad Binder KTM 20 1'21.268 1.250
22 Australia Remy Gardner KTM 21 1'21.303 1.285
23 Italy Andrea Dovizioso Yamaha 21 1'21.776 1.758
24 Spain Raúl Fernández KTM 20 1'21.820 1.802
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