Motegi MotoGP: Lorenzo heads Dovizioso and Vinales in crash-filled FP2

Reigning MotoGP champion Jorge Lorenzo led the way in second free practice at Motegi, narrowly besting Andrea Dovizioso and Maverick Vinales in an incident-filled session.

Motegi MotoGP: Lorenzo heads Dovizioso and Vinales in crash-filled FP2
Andrea Dovizioso, Ducati Team
Jorge Lorenzo, Yamaha Factory Racing
Jorge Lorenzo, Yamaha Factory Racing
Jorge Lorenzo, Yamaha Factory Racing
Andrea Dovizioso, Ducati Team
Andrea Dovizioso, Ducati Team
Maverick Viñales, Team Suzuki Ecstar MotoGP
Marc Marquez, Repsol Honda Team

The Spaniard took over at the top after the chequered flag, leading a practice run that featured serious-looking crashes for Honda's Dani Pedrosa and Aspar's Eugene Laverty.

At the start of the session, Lorenzo strung together three flying laps to maintain P1, eventually ending up at a 1m46.111s, as teammate Valentino Rossi had to come in for a loose dummy fuel-tank cover on his Yamaha YZR-M1.

Lorenzo's stint out front was short-lived as Andrea Dovizioso posted a 1m45.903s, coming up a tenth and a half short of his FP1 benchmark.

With 10 minutes complete, there was a new best lap of the weekend, however, and it came courtesy of championship leader Marc Marquez, the Spaniard recording a 1m45.744s and then coming up just 0.011s short of that with a subsequent effort.

Over the first half of the session, only Marquez, Dovizioso and Aleix Espargaro had dipped into the 1m45s margin, with Lorenzo joining them at halfway point.

And shortly after Marquez had suffered a big moment at Turn 1, just narrowly hanging on to his bike, Dovizioso was back to the top by 0.007s.

In the closing minutes, the top riders bolted on new tyres for a last-gasp FP2 shootout - and crashing followed immediately.

First, Marquez had a minor accident at the hairpin Turn 10, going down at no speed at all and quickly picking up his bike.

And Marquez's mini-crash would end up in stark contrast to a massive shunt for teammate Pedrosa, who was launched high in the air off his Honda at Turn 11, suffering what looked like a seriously painful landing even though he would manage to quickly get back on his feet.

Laverty followed seconds after, with a big crash at Turn 6 that left the Northern Irishman conscious but unable to walk off the accident and stretchered off the site as a result.

Amid all that, Rossi - who had remained in the lower half of the top 10 for most of the session - took P1 with a 1m45.684s.

Dovizioso one-upped his compatriot at 1m45.489s, before Vinales surged to a 1m45.248s.

But Lorenzo would get the final word, the reigning champion posting a 1m45.151s after the chequered flag that neither Dovizioso, nor Vinales could match on their final timed laps.

The duo made up the top three, with Marquez recovering to fourth, 0.152s down on Lorenzo.

Cal Crutchlow was fifth, the gap between him and Marquez bigger than that between Marquez and the session leader.

Aleix Espargaro wound up sixth, ahead of Rossi, Danilo Petrucci, Pedrosa and Pol Espargaro, who had crashed earlier in the session.

Free practice 2 results

Pos.#RiderBikeLapsTimeGap
1 99 Jorge Lorenzo Yamaha 17 1'45.151  
2 4 Andrea Dovizioso Ducati 16 1'45.204 0.053
3 25 Maverick Viñales Suzuki 20 1'45.248 0.097
4 93 Marc Marquez Honda 20 1'45.303 0.152
5 35 Cal Crutchlow Honda 18 1'45.501 0.350
6 41 Aleix Espargaro Suzuki 19 1'45.513 0.362
7 46 Valentino Rossi Yamaha 21 1'45.532 0.381
8 9 Danilo Petrucci Ducati 17 1'46.172 1.021
9 26 Dani Pedrosa Honda 15 1'46.227 1.076
10 44 Pol Espargaro Yamaha 9 1'46.245 1.094
11 6 Stefan Bradl Aprilia 18 1'46.367 1.216
12 19 Alvaro Bautista Aprilia 18 1'46.834 1.683
13 50 Eugene Laverty Ducati 14 1'46.853 1.702
14 8 Hector Barbera Ducati 16 1'46.876 1.725
15 68 Yonny Hernandez Ducati 14 1'46.981 1.830
16 45 Scott Redding Ducati 17 1'47.032 1.881
17 21 Katsuyuki Nakasuga Yamaha 19 1'47.135 1.984
18 43 Jack Miller Honda 13 1'47.244 2.093
19 53 Tito Rabat Honda 22 1'47.972 2.821
20 76 Loris Baz Ducati 17 1'48.669 3.518
21 38 Bradley Smith Yamaha 15 1'48.897 3.746
22 7 Mike Jones Ducati 21 1'50.955 5.804

 

shares
comments
Motegi MotoGP: Dovizioso leads Marquez in first practice

Previous article

Motegi MotoGP: Dovizioso leads Marquez in first practice

Next article

Motegi MotoGP: Top 5 quotes after FP2

Motegi MotoGP: Top 5 quotes after FP2
Load comments
Why Yamaha is about to risk losing Valentino Rossi Prime

Why Yamaha is about to risk losing Valentino Rossi

With Valentino Rossi’s next career move imminent in MotoGP, it is set to have wide-reaching influences on a number of riders and teams on the grid. But one of the biggest impacts will be felt at Yamaha, with its pivotal role in the saga set to see it lose its appointment with ‘The Doctor’

How Marquez beat his Honda in his heroic MotoGP comeback win Prime

How Marquez beat his Honda in his heroic MotoGP comeback win

Marc Marquez has been through hell and back in the 581 days between his win in the 2019 Valencia season finale and his heroic MotoGP comeback victory in Germany last Sunday. Despite battling physical limitations and a difficult 2021-spec Honda, the Sachsenring provided the perfect storm for the Spaniard to return to the top step

MotoGP
Jun 21, 2021
Why Quartararo’s suit penalty highlights a wider issue in MotoGP Prime

Why Quartararo’s suit penalty highlights a wider issue in MotoGP

OPINION: Fabio Quartararo racing with his leather suit open and subsequent penalty has been the main talking point of the Catalunya MotoGP weekend, which has highlighted a wider issue with MotoGP’s stewarding that risks a negative precedent going forward.

MotoGP
Jun 8, 2021
How MotoGP’s “beast” tamers bounced back at Catalunya Prime

How MotoGP’s “beast” tamers bounced back at Catalunya

The expectation on KTM to replicate its winning form from 2020 this season made its difficult start to the new MotoGP campaign even more disappointing. But a key update has seen KTM's fortunes reversed over the last week and returned it to the top step of the podium in Barcelona

MotoGP
Jun 7, 2021
The signs that point to Rossi's MotoGP retirement Prime

The signs that point to Rossi's MotoGP retirement

It's not been a happy start to 2021 for Valentino Rossi at the Petronas SRT satellite squad, with performances that are a shadow of the rider that utterly dominated MotoGP at the start of the new millennium. At the age of 42, how much longer can he go on?

MotoGP
May 19, 2021
Why the most significant Le Mans MotoGP performance wasn't Miller's Prime

Why the most significant Le Mans MotoGP performance wasn't Miller's

Hot on the heels of his first MotoGP win in five years, Jack Miller made it two from two with a commanding French Grand Prix victory at Le Mans despite two long-lap penalties. Impressive though it was, it was an expectation-defying performance from an anticipated title rival that was the real standout.

MotoGP
May 17, 2021
The impossible problem Honda faces with its 2021 MotoGP bike Prime

The impossible problem Honda faces with its 2021 MotoGP bike

Honda hasn’t enjoyed an easy start to the 2021 MotoGP campaign, despite gains last season which looked to have carried over into the pre-season. Now admitting it does have issues in serious need of resolving, it faces an almost impossible task in doing so.

MotoGP
May 11, 2021
How Jerez underlined MotoGP's speed problem Prime

How Jerez underlined MotoGP's speed problem

The brutal nature of a series of crashes at Jerez has reopened the debate about whether current MotoGP speeds are beyond the safety limits of the tracks. But even if riders are supportive of the move, getting the manufacturers to find a consensus on how speed reductions should be achieved may be altogether harder

MotoGP
May 4, 2021