Valencia MotoGP: Lorenzo stays on top in second practice

Jorge Lorenzo stayed on top in second practice for the final round of the MotoGP season at Valencia, putting in a late flyer to move ahead of Marc Marquez and Maverick Vinales.

The pace was slow to pick up in the first half of the session, with Lorenzo's FP1 benchmark of 1m31.045s staying unbeaten until the final 10 minutes.

At that stage, Lorenzo had 0.280s in hand over Marquez at the top of the timesheets, but the Honda rider grabbed the top spot by becoming the first rider of the day to break through the 1m30s barrier with a 1m30.986s. He immediately followed that up with an even faster lap of 1m30.710s.

That put him a massive 0.452s up on Lorenzo, and although a succession of other riders - Andrea Dovizioso, Pol Espargaro and Maverick Vinales - got themselves ahead of Lorenzo, none could touch Marquez.

However, with just one minute left on the clock, Lorenzo was able to lower Marquez's time by nearly a quarter of a second, setting a 1m30.463s, to re-establish his authority on the session.

Marquez therefore had to settle for second, fractionally ahead of Suzuki rider Vinales third, followed by Espargaro's Tech 3 Yamaha and Dovizioso's factory Ducati.

Aleix Espargaro made it two Suzuki riders in the top six, just 0.003s ahead of Andrea Iannone on the second works Ducati.

Valentino Rossi failed to deliver the late improvements that his rivals were able to, leaving the Italian eighth fastest and 0.794s behind Lorenzo when the chequered flag fell.

Danilo Petrucci (Pramac Ducati) and a recovering Dani Pedrosa (Repsol Honda) completed a top 10 split by less than nine tenths, with Cal Crutchlow also getting the LCR Honda within a second of Lorenzo's pace in P11.

Mika Kallio once again ended up bottom of the timesheets on the KTM RC16, 3.111s off the pace.

Yonny Hernandez became the day's only crasher when he lost his Aspar Ducati at Turn 12 in the closing stages, the Colombian going 18th fastest.

Second practice results:

1 99  Jorge Lorenzo  Yamaha 1'30.463  
2 93  Marc Marquez  Honda 1'30.710 0.247
3 25  Maverick Viñales  Suzuki 1'30.775 0.312
4 44  Pol Espargaro  Yamaha 1'31.000 0.537
5 4  Andrea Dovizioso  Ducati 1'31.066 0.603
6 41  Aleix Espargaro  Suzuki 1'31.186 0.723
7 29  Andrea Iannone  Ducati 1'31.189 0.726
8 46  Valentino Rossi  Yamaha 1'31.257 0.794
9 9  Danilo Petrucci  Ducati 1'31.295 0.832
10 26  Dani Pedrosa  Honda 1'31.358 0.895
11 35  Cal Crutchlow  Honda 1'31.462 0.999
12 45  Scott Redding  Ducati 1'31.733 1.270
13 8  Hector Barbera  Ducati 1'31.742 1.279
14 43  Jack Miller  Honda 1'31.754 1.291
15 50  Eugene Laverty  Ducati 1'31.776 1.313
16 6  Stefan Bradl  Aprilia 1'32.014 1.551
17 19  Alvaro Bautista  Aprilia 1'32.206 1.743
18 68  Yonny Hernandez  Ducati 1'32.218 1.755
19 38  Bradley Smith  Yamaha 1'32.280 1.817
20 76  Loris Baz  Ducati 1'32.476 2.013
21 53  Tito Rabat  Honda 1'32.646 2.183
22 36  Mika Kallio  KTM 1'33.574 3.111

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Series MotoGP
Event Valencia GP
Track Valencia Circuit Ricardo Tormo
Drivers Jorge Lorenzo , Marc Marquez , Maverick Viñales
Article type Practice report