CzechGP: Fabio Quartararo steals top spot from Morbidelli in FP2
PETRONAS Yamaha duo Fabio Quartararo and Franco Morbidelli have ended FP2 on top, with the team-mates split by just +0.007s. Red Bull Tech 3 KTM rider Miguel Oliveira completes the top three.
Franco Morbidelli’s lap time which was +0.8s quicker than anyone wasn’t enough to hold the top spot after a last lap gasp from team-mate Fabio Quartararo. Despite struggling with his PETRONAS machine, Quartararo blasted to the top of the timesheets with a 1:56.502.
Miguel Oliveira once again impressed, setting the third fastest time ahead of Johann Zarco aboard his Avintia Ducati machine. The Frenchman was +0.085s clear of Maverick Viñales who currently lies second in the championship standings.
Joan Mir had an eventful session, nearly running off the track on several occasions as he looked to dial his Suzuki into the Czech circuit. Mir ended the day seventh quickest, just ahead of the Espargaro brothers, with Aleix leading KTM rider Pol Espargaro.
Takaaki Nakagami improved on his pace setting time from free practice one, but it was only good enough for ninth place, while Australia’s Jack Miller completed the top ten.
Brad Binder just missed out on the top ten spots, finishing 11th fastest ahead of second Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP rider, Valentino Rossi, who ended the day 12th, +0.788s behind his fellow Yamaha riders.
Alex Rins finished 13th ahead of the struggling Danilo Petrucci and Andrea Dovizioso, who failed to improve on his free practice one effort.
Alex Marquez suffered a mechanical failure in the early stages of free practice two, but recovered to 16th overall, ahead of fellow Honda rider, Cal Crutchlow who continues to recover from his broken scaphoid sustained back in Jerez three weeks ago.
Tito Rabat finished 18th ahead of Francesco Bagnaia, who after his free practice one crash, has been ruled out of the Czech GP – more to follow.
Bradley Smith wsa 20th with Iker Lecuona and Stefan Bradl completing the field.
The MotoGP riders will return to action tomorrow morning for their third and final free practice session of the weekend (that counts for qualifying) as riders take to the Brno circuit at 09:55am local time as the battle for Q2 continues.