Motegi MotoGP: Dovizioso tops FP2, Marquez crashes

Ducati rider Andrea Dovizioso topped the timesheets in second practice for MotoGP's Japanese Grand Prix at Motegi, as Marc Marquez crashed late in the session.

With conditions still poor, Marquez's FP1 benchmark of 1m55.418s went unbeaten in the early stages of the afternoon's running.

That was until Dovizioso posted a 1m54.877s a little over 15 minutes into the session, surpassing Marquez's morning time by six tenths and opening up a 1.1s cushion on the field.

Tech 3 Yamaha's Johann Zarco slashed Dovizioso's advantage to a little under six tenths with 15 minutes to go as he leapt into second, before Marquez managed to come within 0.043s of beating the Italian.

But, shortly after moving into second, Marquez crashed his works Honda at Turn 4, bringing a premature end to his session and ensuring Dovizioso finished the day on top.

Despite his late fall, Marquez ended up second-fastest, as Aprilia's Aleix Espargaro made a late jump to third with a time 0.184s shy of Dovizioso.

Jorge Lorenzo was fourth on the second factory Ducati, 0.357s behind his teammate, with Zarco once again ending up as the best Yamaha rider in fifth place.

Danilo Petrucci made it three Ducati GP17s in the top six aboard his Pramac example, followed by Andrea Iannone's Suzuki - now sporting the Japanese marque's new 'moustache' fairing.

Honda pair Dani Pedrosa and Cal Crutchlow and the second Suzuki of Alex Rins rounded out the top 10.

It was another difficult session for works Yamaha riders Maverick Vinales and Valentino Rossi, who ended up 11th and 12th, 1.499s and 1.588s off the pace respectively.

Rossi only just beat Tech 3 novice Kohta Nozane by 0.018s, as Jonas Folger's replacement once more ended up comfortably quickest of the contingent of local riders.

Besides Marquez, Bradley Smith (KTM) and Scott Redding (Pramac Ducati) were the other riders to suffer crashes, both at Turn 11.

Practice results:

Pos.#RiderBikeTimeGap
1 4 italy Andrea Dovizioso  Ducati 1'54.877  
2 93 spain Marc Marquez  Honda 1'54.920 0.043
3 41 spain Aleix Espargaro  Aprilia 1'55.061 0.184
4 99 spain Jorge Lorenzo  Ducati 1'55.234 0.357
5 5 france Johann Zarco  Yamaha 1'55.468 0.591
6 9 italy Danilo Petrucci  Ducati 1'55.541 0.664
7 29 italy Andrea Iannone  Suzuki 1'55.614 0.737
8 26 spain Dani Pedrosa  Honda 1'55.773 0.896
9 35 united_kingdom Cal Crutchlow  Honda 1'56.149 1.272
10 42 spain Alex Rins  Suzuki 1'56.229 1.352
11 25 spain Maverick Viñales  Yamaha 1'56.376 1.499
12 46 italy Valentino Rossi  Yamaha 1'56.435 1.558
13 31 japan  Kohta Nozane  Yamaha 1'56.453 1.576
14 45 united_kingdom Scott Redding  Ducati 1'56.680 1.803
15 17 czech_republic Karel Abraham  Ducati 1'56.776 1.899
16 19 spain Alvaro Bautista  Ducati 1'56.827 1.950
17 38 united_kingdom Bradley Smith  KTM 1'56.853 1.976
18 44 spain Pol Espargaro  KTM 1'56.872 1.995
19 22 united_kingdom Sam Lowes  Aprilia 1'57.250 2.373
20 76 france Loris Baz  Ducati 1'57.259 2.382
21 8 spain Hector Barbera  Ducati 1'57.540 2.663
22 7 japan Hiroshi Aoyama  Honda 1'57.548 2.671
23 53 spain Tito Rabat  Honda 1'57.645 2.768
24 21 japan Katsuyuki Nakasuga  Yamaha 1'58.341 3.464
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Series MotoGP
Event Japanese GP
Track Twin Ring Motegi
Drivers Andrea Dovizioso , Marc Marquez
Article type Practice report