Red Bull Ring MotoGP: Marquez beats Vinales by 0.066s in FP2

MotoGP championship leader Marc Marquez was quickest in the second Friday practice session at the Red Bull Ring, beating Maverick Vinales by 0.066s.

Red Bull Ring MotoGP: Marquez beats Vinales by 0.066s in FP2

Having finished second in the opening practice, Marquez equipped a new soft rear tyre and posted the first sub-1m24s effort of the weekend less than 10 minutes into the session.

No other rider came within even four tenths of Marquez’s 1m23.916s for the next half-hour, until satellite Honda rider Takaaki Nakagami moved up to second place, 0.382s off.

Petronas Yamaha’s Fabio Quartararo then snatched second place from Nakagami, but the Japanese rider was quicker again on his next attempt, coming up 0.155s short of his Honda stablemate Marquez’s effort.

With less than a minute left on the clock, Vinales lapped within 0.066s of Marquez as the second rider below 1m24s – but as the chequered flag flew, Marquez would ultimately go unmatched, despite himself forgoing a customary late run on a fresh rear tyre.

Nakagami and Quartararo made up the top four, with Pramac rider Jack Miller ending the day as the fastest of the Ducatis, 0.392s off the pace in fifth.

Miguel Oliveira was a standout sixth for Tech 3 KTM, four places up on Pol Espargaro, with both currently on course to automatically make Q2 at the manufacturer’s home race.

Danilo Petrucci spent most of the session in second place but did not improve on his final run, ending up seventh. Also failing to improve late on was his works Ducati teammate Andrea Dovizioso, the Italian crashing out at Turn 3 and having to settle for ninth.

A last-gasp flyer from LCR Honda’s Cal Crutchlow put him between the two Ducatis, and relegated Valentino Rossi out of the combined practice top 10. Rossi and 12th-placed Alex Rins, the sole Suzuki representative this weekend, are two riders who thus need to improve in FP3 if they are to progress to Q2 directly.

Oliveira’s Tech 3 teammate Hafizh Syahrin was cleared to resume competing this weekend after his nasty FP1 crash. The Malaysian ended up 21st and last in FP2, but was just 1.353s off the pace.

Session results:

Cla # Rider Bike Time Gap
1 93 Spain Marc Marquez Honda 1'23.916  
2 12 Spain Maverick Viñales Yamaha 1'23.982 0.066
3 30 Japan Takaaki Nakagami Honda 1'24.071 0.155
4 20 France Fabio Quartararo Yamaha 1'24.153 0.237
5 43 Australia Jack Miller Ducati 1'24.308 0.392
6 88 Portugal Miguel Oliveira KTM 1'24.326 0.410
7 9 Italy Danilo Petrucci Ducati 1'24.330 0.414
8 35 United Kingdom Cal Crutchlow Honda 1'24.336 0.420
9 4 Italy Andrea Dovizioso Ducati 1'24.411 0.495
10 44 Spain Pol Espargaro KTM 1'24.418 0.502
11 46 Italy Valentino Rossi Yamaha 1'24.532 0.616
12 42 Spain Alex Rins Suzuki 1'24.540 0.624
13 63 Italy Francesco Bagnaia Ducati 1'24.598 0.682
14 21 Italy Franco Morbidelli Yamaha 1'24.630 0.714
15 6 Germany Stefan Bradl Honda 1'24.755 0.839
16 41 Spain Aleix Espargaro Aprilia 1'24.865 0.949
17 5 France Johann Zarco KTM 1'24.948 1.032
18 29 Italy Andrea Iannone Aprilia 1'25.003 1.087
19 17 Czech Republic Karel Abraham Ducati 1'25.139 1.223
20 53 Spain Tito Rabat Ducati 1'25.233 1.317
21 55 Malaysia Hafizh Syahrin KTM 1'25.269 1.353
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