Motegi MotoGP: Pedrosa fastest in FP2 on drying track

Honda rider Dani Pedrosa set the pace in second practice for MotoGP's Japanese Grand Prix on a damp-but-drying Motegi track.

Motegi MotoGP: Pedrosa fastest in FP2 on drying track

Rain following the conclusion of a dry Friday morning session at Motegi meant just a handful of riders ventured out of the pits in the opening stages, and with 15 minutes left to run less than half the field had set laptimes.

Tech 3 Yamaha's Johann Zarco topped the timesheets at that stage with a 1m54.477s, and the Frenchman had improved to a 1m53.728s when Jack Miller (Pramac Ducati) became the first rider to leave the pits on slicks.

After setting a first flying lap three seconds off the pace, the Australian then leapt to the head of the order on a 1m52.863s, and began to carve chunks out of his own benchmark over the following laps.

The Australian had worked his way down to a 1m49.022s when he was ousted from the top of the times by Pramac teammate Danilo Petrucci at the very end of the session.

Petrucci's lead was short-lived though, as his 1m48.939s was eclipsed by both Pedrosa's 1m48.136s and Aprilia man Scott Redding's 1'48.635s.

Miller ended up fourth ahead of Zarco, who ended the session was the top Yamaha rider after switching to slicks.

Completing the top 10 in a mixed-up order were Zarco's Tech 3 teammate Hafizh Syahrin, Bradley Smith (KTM), Xavier Simeon (Avintia Ducati), Thomas Luthi (Marc VDS Honda) and Suzuki wildcard Sylvain Guintoli.

Both the factory Yamaha riders Valentino Rossi and Maverick Vinales opted to stay on wets even after it became clear slicks were the tyre of choice, and ended up 14th and 15th respectively of the 18 riders who set times.

The top two in the points, Marc Marquez (Honda) and Andrea Dovizioso (Ducati), were among seven riders who didn't set a laptime all session, along with LCR Honda's Cal Crutchlow.

Dovizioso's FP1 benchmark of 1m45.358s remains the fastest of the weekend so far.

Second practice results:

Pos. # Rider Bike Time Gap
1 26 Spain Dani Pedrosa  Honda 1'48.136  
2 45 United Kingdom Scott Redding  Aprilia 1'48.635 0.499
3 9 Italy Danilo Petrucci  Ducati 1'48.939 0.803
4 43 Australia Jack Miller  Ducati 1'49.022 0.886
5 5 France Johann Zarco  Yamaha 1'49.133 0.997
6 55 Malaysia Hafizh Syahrin  Yamaha 1'49.387 1.251
7 38 United Kingdom Bradley Smith  KTM 1'49.573 1.437
8 10 Belgium Xavier Simeon  Ducati 1'50.154 2.018
9 12 Switzerland Thomas Luthi  Honda 1'50.482 2.346
10 50 France Sylvain Guintoli  Suzuki 1'50.578 2.442
11 17 Czech Republic Karel Abraham  Ducati 1'50.694 2.558
12 89 Japan Katsuyuki Nakasuga  Yamaha 1'51.652 3.516
13 42 Spain Alex Rins  Suzuki 1'53.586 5.450
14 46 Italy Valentino Rossi  Yamaha 1'54.078 5.942
15 25 Spain Maverick Viñales  Yamaha 1'54.133 5.997
16 21 Italy Franco Morbidelli  Honda 1'54.758 6.622
17 19 Spain Alvaro Bautista  Ducati 1'57.297 9.161
18 30 Japan Takaaki Nakagami  Honda 1'58.255 10.119
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