Le Mans MotoGP: Dovizioso leads Marquez by 0.043s in wet FP2

Ducati MotoGP rider Andrea Dovizioso pipped Honda’s Marc Marquez to finish on top in second practice for the French Grand Prix.

Le Mans MotoGP: Dovizioso leads Marquez by 0.043s in wet FP2
Danilo Petrucci, Pramac Racing
Danilo Petrucci, Pramac Racing
Scott Redding, Pramac Racing
Andrea Dovizioso, Ducati Team
Marc Marquez, Repsol Honda Team

A storm lashed Le Mans between practice sessions and even though it passed before the afternoon running started, conditions were still wet and laptimes did not reach those set in the morning.

As the circuit dried, Pramac Ducati’s Scott Redding dominated the first half, improving on all but a handful of his first dozen laps and leading the way.

Times started in the 1m49s but fell quickly, with Redding ultimately turning a 1m42.950s at the halfway mark to sit 1.132 seconds clear of championship leader Valentino Rossi.

Redding’s teammate Danilo Petrucci nearly halved that margin with 20 minutes remaining, bringing it down to 0.750s.

When the Briton eventually finished his run, Petrucci moved to within 0.247s of Redding and then claimed top spot with a 1m42.478s entering the final third of the session.

Petrucci then went quicker again to a 1m41.906s, to be eighth tenths clear as light rain started falling again with 10 minutes to go.

Nevertheless, Dovizioso then improved to slot into second place, 0.795s behind Petrucci, and grabbed top spot with a 1m41.673s inside the final two minutes.

He looked set to improve on his next lap, only to make a mistake at the final corner, but had still done enough to finish 0.043s up on Marquez, who claimed second place with his penultimate lap.

Marquez’s teammate and Jerez winner Dani Pedrosa languished down the order, only managing to set the 21st-fastest time, 4.131s off the pace.

Petrucci and Redding settled for third and fourth place, both within 0.252s of Dovizioso, Redding having been up halfway through his lap after the chequered flag but unable to maintain that pace.

Suzuki’s Andrea Iannone vaulted into the top 10 and fifth at the very end, finishing ahead of Aspar Ducati’s Alvaro Bautista and practice one pacesetter Jack Miller.

Yamaha pair Maverick Vinales and Rossi finished eighth and 10th, split by Sam Lowes in an encouraging session for the Aprilia rookie.

Dovizioso’s teammate Jorge Lorenzo was 15th, 2.603s off the pace, one spot ahead of Suzuki stand-in Sylvain Guintoli.

Pol Espargaro’s session started in frustrating fashion, the Spaniard overshooting Turn 8 on his outlap and taking to the paved run-off area.

When he reached the verge of the gravel trap, the drop meant his KTM toppled over at low speed in what was the session’s only fall, and Espargaro could not get it restarted.

He joined the session on his second bike and finished in 20th place, with teammate Bradley Smith bringing up the foot of the times.

Free practice 2 results

Pos.#DriverBikeLapsTimeGap
1 4 italy Andrea Dovizioso Ducati 20 1'41.673  
2 93 spain Marc Marquez Honda 19 1'41.716 0.043
3 9 italy Danilo Petrucci Ducati 17 1'41.906 0.233
4 45 united_kingdom Scott Redding Ducati 21 1'41.925 0.252
5 29 italy Andrea Iannone Suzuki 20 1'42.078 0.405
6 19 spain Alvaro Bautista Ducati 21 1'42.625 0.952
7 43 australia Jack Miller Honda 16 1'42.729 1.056
8 25 spain Maverick Viñales Yamaha 18 1'42.894 1.221
9 22 united_kingdom Sam Lowes Aprilia 19 1'42.998 1.325
10 46 italy Valentino Rossi Yamaha 20 1'43.006 1.333
11 41 spain Aleix Espargaro Aprilia 16 1'43.177 1.504
12 76 france Loris Baz Ducati 19 1'43.250 1.577
13 35 united_kingdom Cal Crutchlow Honda 14 1'43.340 1.667
14 5 france Johann Zarco Yamaha 21 1'44.177 2.504
15 99 spain Jorge Lorenzo Ducati 21 1'44.276 2.603
16 50 france Sylvain Guintoli Suzuki 17 1'44.572 2.899
17 53 spain Tito Rabat Honda 21 1'44.678 3.005
18 8 spain Hector Barbera Ducati 19 1'45.074 3.401
19 94 germany Jonas Folger Yamaha 18 1'45.119 3.446
20 44 spain Pol Espargaro KTM 13 1'45.622 3.949
21 26 spain Dani Pedrosa Honda 17 1'45.804 4.131
22 17 czech_republic Karel Abraham Ducati 9 1'47.127 5.454
23 38 united_kingdom Bradley Smith KTM 11 1'47.701 6.028
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