Phillip Island MotoGP: Marquez beats Lorenzo in FP2

Marc Marquez led the way in a fully dry second practice sessions at Phillip Island, holding out title contender Jorge Lorenzo.

With Phillip Island turning of near perfect weather for the second timed session, the pace was hot right from the start.

Within six minutes Valentino Rossi was down to a 1m30.557s, half a second off the morning’s best time, before Lorenzo went within half a tenth of the benchmark he set earlier in the day just a few minutes later with a 1m30.103s.

Lorenzo improved to a 1m30.098s later in the same run, before dropping the benchmark to a 1m30.082s on the last flying lap of his second run, 12 minutes from the end of the session.

But it wasn’t until inside the last five minutes that times started to really tumble. As riders opted for new rear tyres, the pace got quicker by the lap.

Cal Crutchlow was the first to make his move, going fastest with a 1m29.579s, the first time under the 1m30s mark for the weekend.

That time stood for around four minutes, before Lorenzo – now running a brand new option rear – blasted his way to a 1m29.433s.

But it was Marquez who had the last laugh, replying seconds later with a 1m29.383s, the time that would ultimately top the session.

Maverick Vinales was quick on the Suzuki, having sat inside the Top 6 even before the new tyre happy hour kicked off, then improving to a 1m29.518s 90 seconds before the session came to an end, good enough for P3.

Andrea Iannone was fourth on the Ducati, nearly a second quicker than team-mate Andrea Dovizioso who was just 14th fastest, while Crutchlow wound up fifth after being fastest with five minutes of the session remaining.

Dani Pedrosa was sixth fastest, Danilo Petrucci seventh, while Bradley Smith improved right at the flag fall to sneak in to the top eight.

Having traded fastest times with Lorenzo early in the session, Rossi ended up just ninth fastest, more than sixth-tenths off the pace. However, the points leader was one of the few riders not to opt for a new rear tyre for the third run.

Best of the local brigade was again Jack Miller. Even in dry conditions the Aussie ran as high as fifth during the session, ultimately finishing up a respectable 11th with a 1m30.127s.

His compatriots didn’t fare quite so well, Anthony West and Damian Cudlin propping up the back end of the times in 24th and 25th respectively.

1 Marc Marquez  Repsol Honda Team 1:29.383 1:29.383
2 Jorge Lorenzo  Movistar Yamaha MotoGP 1:29.433 +0.050
3 Maverick Viñales  Team Suzuki ECSTAR 1:29.518 +0.135
4 Andrea Iannone  Ducati Team 1:29.544 +0.161
5 Cal Crutchlow  CWM LCR Honda 1:29.579 +0.196
6 Dani Pedrosa  Repsol Honda Team 1:29.876 +0.493
7 Danilo Petrucci  Pramac Racing 1:30.021 +0.638
8 Bradley Smith  Monster Yamaha Tech 3 1:30.032 +0.649
9 Valentino Rossi  Movistar Yamaha MotoGP 1:30.041 +0.658
10 Aleix Espargaro  Team Suzuki ECSTAR 1:30.113 +0.730
11 Jack Miller  CWM LCR Honda 1:30.127 +0.744
12 Nicky Hayden  Aspar MotoGP Team 1:30.184 +0.801
13 Hector Barbera  Avintia Racing 1:30.278 +0.895
14 Andrea Dovizioso  Ducati Team 1:30.451 +1.068
15 Pol Espargaro  Monster Yamaha Tech 3 1:30.552 +1.169
16 Yonny Hernandez  Pramac Racing 1:30.660 +1.277
17 Scott Redding  Estrella Galicia 0,0 Marc VDS 1:30.773 +1.390
18 Eugene Laverty  Aspar MotoGP Team 1:30.910 +1.527
19 Alvaro Bautista  Aprilia Racing Team Gresini 1:31.260 +1.877
20 Mike di Meglio  Avintia Racing 1:31.339 +1.956
21 Stefan Bradl  Aprilia Racing Team Gresini 1:31.577 +2.194
22 Toni Elias  Athinà Forward Racing 1:32.122 +2.739
23 Loris Baz  Athinà Forward Racing 1:32.309 +2.926
24 Anthony West  AB Motoracing 1:32.592 +3.209
25  Damian Cudlin E-motion Ioda Racing Project 1:34.479 +5.096

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Series MotoGP
Event Australian GP
Track Phillip Island Grand Prix Circuit
Article type Practice report