Silverstone MotoGP: Dovizioso edges Crutchlow to top FP2

Ducati rider Andrea Dovizioso topped second practice for MotoGP's British Grand Prix, leading local hero Cal Crutchlow by just five thousandths of a second.

Silverstone MotoGP: Dovizioso edges Crutchlow to top FP2
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Although spots of rain fell in the closing stages of the preceding Moto3 session, the drizzle had abated by the time the MotoGP field hit the Silverstone track for their second 45-minute session of the day.

Marc Marquez led for most of the opening half of the session, exchanging the early advantage with FP1 pacesetter Maverick Vinales, before the reigning champion's early 2m02.228s was equalled by Dovizioso.

Valentino Rossi then grabbed the top spot with 11 minutes to go with a 2m02.152s, that time standing as the quickest until the final runs began.

It was with four minutes left on the clock that Dovizioso's session-topping 2m01.385s effort was posted, with Crutchlow immediately slotting behind just 0.005s on the LCR Honda.

Yamaha man Vinales went third quickest, and made another marginal improvement on his next lap despite suffering a huge moment exiting Woodcote, ending up 0.061s behind in third.

Marquez could no more than fourth on the works Honda, 0.144s slower than 2017 title rival Dovizioso, while a last-ditch effort from the second works Ducati of Jorge Lorenzo moved him up to fifth.

Jack Miller (Pramac Ducati) was next up, having run as high as third earlier int he session, followed by Johann Zarco (Tech 3 Yamaha) and Rossi, who didn't improve in the closing stages and slumped to eighth as a result.

Andrea Iannone (Suzuki) and Alvaro Bautista (Nieto Ducati) completed the top 10, provisionally securing the final two automatic Q2 spots for Saturday.

Tito Rabat (Avintia Ducati) would also likely have made the top 10 until he suffered a huge high-speed off at Farm corner on his last run, consigning him to 13th behind Takaaki Nakagami (LCR) and Danilo Petrucci (Pramac).

Dani Pedrosa was a lowly 15th on the second works Honda, one place ahead of lead Aprilia man Aleix Espargaro, while Bradley Smith again headed up KTM's efforts in 17th place.

Smith's temporary new teammate Loris Baz improved to 23rd in FP2 with a best time 3.3s off the pace.

Second practice results:

Pos. # Rider Bike Time Gap
1 4 Italy Andrea Dovizioso  Ducati 2'01.385  
2 35 United Kingdom Cal Crutchlow  Honda 2'01.390 0.005
3 25 Spain Maverick Viñales  Yamaha 2'01.446 0.061
4 93 Spain Marc Marquez  Honda 2'01.529 0.144
5 99 Spain Jorge Lorenzo  Ducati 2'01.782 0.397
6 43 Australia Jack Miller  Ducati 2'01.819 0.434
7 5 France Johann Zarco  Yamaha 2'01.962 0.577
8 46 Italy Valentino Rossi  Yamaha 2'02.152 0.767
9 29 Italy Andrea Iannone  Suzuki 2'02.231 0.846
10 19 Spain Alvaro Bautista  Ducati 2'02.448 1.063
11 30 Japan Takaaki Nakagami  Honda 2'02.515 1.130
12 9 Italy Danilo Petrucci  Ducati 2'02.616 1.231
13 53 Spain Tito Rabat  Ducati 2'02.704 1.319
14 21 Italy Franco Morbidelli  Honda 2'02.759 1.374
15 26 Spain Dani Pedrosa  Honda 2'02.864 1.479
16 41 Spain Aleix Espargaro  Aprilia 2'02.938 1.553
17 38 United Kingdom Bradley Smith  KTM 2'02.974 1.589
18 55 Malaysia Hafizh Syahrin  Yamaha 2'03.293 1.908
19 42 Spain Alex Rins  Suzuki 2'03.591 2.206
20 45 United Kingdom Scott Redding  Aprilia 2'03.810 2.425
21 12 Switzerland Thomas Luthi  Honda 2'04.178 2.793
22 17 Czech Republic Karel Abraham  Ducati 2'04.223 2.838
23 76 France Loris Baz  KTM 2'04.773 3.388
24 10 Belgium Xavier Simeon  Ducati 2'05.212 3.827
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