Mugello MotoGP: Bagnaia puts Ducati on top in FP2

Ducati’s Francesco Bagnaia topped a tight second practice for the Italian Grand Prix, 0.071 seconds clear of Suzuki’s Alex Rins as FP1 pacesetter Maverick Vinales was 17th.

Mugello MotoGP: Bagnaia puts Ducati on top in FP2
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KTM’s Miguel Oliveira set the early pace at the start of FP2 with a 1m47.185s before setting the best lap of the day at that point with a 1m46.584s to go top of the combined times.

After a tough start to the 2021 campaign, KTM has come to Mugello armed with a new chassis for its factory riders first tested at the post-race Jerez test.

Oliveira’s advantage at the head of the individual FP2 timesheet was cut to 0.064 seconds by Ducati’s Bagnaia, though major lap time improvements were few and far between for much of the session as the field focused on race running.

As the session entered its closing stages the timing screen began to light up, though heavy traffic forced the likes of Fabio Quartararo, Vinales and Joan Mir to abort laps. 

Rins had no such problems with just over a minute remaining to go fastest of all with a 1m46.218s, though he wouldn’t hold top spot for long.

A late improvement for Bagnaia on the factory Ducati of 1m46.147s shot him up the order to end the day fastest ahead of Rins.

Franco Morbidelli – despite riding a Petronas SRT M1 almost 20km/h down on power on the straight – leaped up to third at the end with a 1m46.331s, pushing Quartararo down to fourth.

KTM’s upturn in form carried over into the latter stages of FP2, with Brad Binder improving to fifth at the end ahead of teammate Oliveira.

Takaaki Nakagami was the top Honda runner in seventh on his LCR machine, with Aleix Espargaro eighth on the Aprilia ahead of Ducati pair Jack Miller and Pramac’s Johann Zarco.

Mir ended up 0.7s off the pace down in 11th ahead of the works Honda pair of Marc Marquez and Pol Espargaro.

A late mistake at the fast Turn 9 right-hander at Arrabbiata 2 for Vinales meant he couldn’t improve on 17th in the standings in FP2.

However, his 1m46.593s from FP1 was good enough to keep him eighth on the combined times and occupying a provisional Q2 spot moving into Saturday.

Valentino Rossi’s homecoming has so far been a miserable affair, the SRT rider running off at San Donato on two occasions in FP2 on his way to 21st and 1.5s off the pace.

Only Tech 3’s Iker Lecuona was slower than Rossi after Friday’s running. 

Mugello MotoGP: FP2 results: 

Cla # Rider Bike Time Gap
1 63 Italy Francesco Bagnaia Ducati 1'46.147  
2 42 Spain Alex Rins Suzuki 1'46.218 0.071
3 21 Italy Franco Morbidelli Yamaha 1'46.331 0.184
4 20 France Fabio Quartararo Yamaha 1'46.372 0.225
5 33 South Africa Brad Binder KTM 1'46.436 0.289
6 88 Portugal Miguel Oliveira KTM 1'46.584 0.437
7 30 Japan Takaaki Nakagami Honda 1'46.593 0.446
8 41 Spain Aleix Espargaro Aprilia 1'46.655 0.508
9 43 Australia Jack Miller Ducati 1'46.688 0.541
10 5 France Johann Zarco Ducati 1'46.840 0.693
11 36 Spain Joan Mir Suzuki 1'46.847 0.700
12 93 Spain Marc Marquez Honda 1'46.973 0.826
13 44 Spain Pol Espargaro Honda 1'46.986 0.839
14 51 Italy Michele Pirro Ducati 1'47.107 0.960
15 9 Italy Danilo Petrucci KTM 1'47.129 0.982
16 10 Italy Luca Marini Ducati 1'47.154 1.007
17 12 Spain Maverick Viñales Yamaha 1'47.195 1.048
18 73 Spain Alex Marquez Honda 1'47.326 1.179
19 23 Italy Enea Bastianini Ducati 1'47.480 1.333
20 32 Italy Lorenzo Savadori Aprilia 1'47.668 1.521
21 46 Italy Valentino Rossi Yamaha 1'47.719 1.572
22 27 Spain Iker Lecuona KTM 1'47.792 1.645
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