Italian MotoGP: Aprilia's Espargaro leads FP2 from Bagnaia

Aprilia’s Aleix Espargaro snatched top spot from Ducati’s Francesco Bagnaia in a red-flagged FP2 for the MotoGP Italian Grand Prix.  

Italian MotoGP: Aprilia's Espargaro leads FP2 from Bagnaia
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Hotter conditions greeted the field for the second 45-minute session of the Mugello weekend, but this didn’t have an adverse effect on lap time improvements on the combined order.  

Espargaro set the early pace with a 1m47.126s inside the opening five minutes, before Pramac’s Johann Zarco set the best lap of the day with a 1m46.381s.  

Eight riders inside the top 10 made lap time gains on the combined order through the first 30 minutes or so of FP2, with the closing stages leading to a mock qualifying run for the field.  

Zarco’s lap remained the benchmark through to that late time attack, though the Frenchman’s session was interrupted with around 19 minutes remaining when he crashed at the Turn 4 right-hander.  

His Ducati then slid through the gravel and spilled debris across the racing line at Turn 5, leading to a brief red flag while the circuit was cleaned.  

Suzuki’s Alex Rins had a similar crash at Turn 4 just moments into the restarted session. 

Bagnaia deposed Zarco with a 1m45.940s on his first soft tyre lap at the end of FP2, but would be beaten by Espargaro after he guided his Aprilia to a 1m45.891s.  

A second crash for Zarco at the Turn 12 right-hander at the end of FP2 stopped a number of riders from making any improvements and ensured Espargaro ended Friday fastest of all.  

Bagnaia shadowed the Aprilia rider 0.049 seconds adrift as he led something of a Ducati onslaught ahead of teammate Jack Miller, Zarco, VR46’s Luca Marini and Gresini’s Enea Bastianini.  

KTM’s Brad Binder broke up the Ducati party with a late 1m46.439s which put him seventh ahead of the second VR46 Ducati of Marco Bezzecchi.  

Reigning world champion and current championship leader Fabio Quartararo put his underpowered Yamaha into a provisional Q2 place in ninth ahead of the factory Honda of Pol Espargaro.  

Pramac’s Jorge Martin was denied a top 10 spot by just 0.011s, which could prove pivotal given uncertain weather forecasts for Saturday.  

This could also mean Marc Marquez faces Q1 in qualifying tomorrow after he ended Friday in 12th ahead of FP2 pacesetter Takaaki Nakagami on the LCR Honda, while both Suzukis in Rins – who was 14th – and 19th-placed teammate Joan Mir could join them. 

FP3 for the 2022 MotoGP Italian Grand Prix gets underway at 9:55am local time on Saturday.  

Italian MotoGP - FP2 results:

Cla Rider Bike Time Gap
1 Spain Aleix Espargaro Aprilia 1'45.891  
2 Italy Francesco Bagnaia Ducati 1'45.940 0.049
3 Australia Jack Miller Ducati 1'46.313 0.422
4 France Johann Zarco Ducati 1'46.349 0.458
5 Italy Luca Marini Ducati 1'46.362 0.471
6 Italy Enea Bastianini Ducati 1'46.395 0.504
7 South Africa Brad Binder KTM 1'46.439 0.548
8 Italy Marco Bezzecchi Ducati 1'46.473 0.582
9 France Fabio Quartararo Yamaha 1'46.519 0.628
10 Spain Pol Espargaro Honda 1'46.618 0.727
11 Spain Jorge Martin Ducati 1'46.629 0.738
12 Spain Marc Marquez Honda 1'46.658 0.767
13 Spain Alex Rins Suzuki 1'46.663 0.772
14 Portugal Miguel Oliveira KTM 1'46.818 0.927
15 Japan Takaaki Nakagami Honda 1'46.852 0.961
16 Italy Fabio Di Giannantonio Ducati 1'46.915 1.024
17 Spain Maverick Viñales Aprilia 1'47.053 1.162
18 Spain Alex Marquez Honda 1'47.151 1.260
19 Spain Joan Mir Suzuki 1'47.269 1.378
20 Italy Franco Morbidelli Yamaha 1'47.468 1.577
21 Italy Andrea Dovizioso Yamaha 1'47.583 1.692
22 Australia Remy Gardner KTM 1'47.684 1.793
23 South Africa Darryn Binder Yamaha 1'47.687 1.796
24 Italy Michele Pirro Ducati 1'47.726 1.835
25 Spain Raúl Fernández KTM 1'47.998 2.107
26 Italy Lorenzo Savadori Aprilia 1'48.088 2.197
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