Andalusian GP: Nakagami leads Zarco in second practice

LCR Honda rider Takaaki Nakagami was a surprise leader in the second practice for the MotoGP Andalusian Grand Prix ahead of Avintia Ducati’s Johann Zarco.

Andalusian GP: Nakagami leads Zarco in second practice

Riding the year-old RC213V, Nakagami led the session early on with a 1m38.704s, and reclaimed the position at the death to end the afternoon 0.155 seconds clear of the field.

Pol Espargaro led the early charge with a 1m38.761s, before KTM teammate Brad Binder took over top spot with a 1m38.441s.

Avintia’s Zarco would beat Binder’s time by two tenths not long afterwards, but crashed just moments later at Turn 6.

Zarco would cause further problems for KTM with around 20 minutes to go, when the touring Avintia rider caught Espargaro out in the braking into Turn 2 and forced him into the gravel.

Espargaro, who had just taken over top spot with a 1m37.889s, ended up on the deck and couldn’t get the bike restarted.

In the final minute, Espargaro was finally dislodged from top spot by Zarco with a 1m37.870s, though this was immediately bested by Nakagami with a 1m37.836s.

Nakagami produced a quicker lap on his final effort to end FP2 fastest of all – though Maverick Vinales remains fastest on the combined times by virtue of his 1m37.063s in FP1.

Zarco held onto second ahead of Espargaro on the works KTM, with Franco Morbidelli fastest Yamaha runner on the Petronas SRT-run M1 ahead of works team counterpart Vinales.

Fabio Quartararo was sixth in the afternoon outing with a 1m38.132s, though currently doesn’t have a direct Q2 place having spent the day focusing on race set-up.

Joan Mir was seventh on the Suzuki ahead of Valentino Rossi (Yamaha), Pramac’s Francesco Bagnaia and his satellite Ducati teammate Jack Miller.

Binder was shuffled out of the top 10 in the end, with the works Ducati pair of Andrea Dovizioso and Danilo Petrucci trailing him.

Alex Rins was 20th as he put 16 laps on his damaged right shoulder, with LCR’s Cal Crutchlow a place ahead as he continues his recovery from a broken wrist.

Avintia’s Tito Rabat and Tech 3 KTM man Iker Lecuona were the other fallers in the session.

Session results:

Cla # Rider Bike Time Gap
1 30 Japan Takaaki Nakagami
Honda 1'37.715
2 5 France Johann Zarco
Ducati 1'37.870 0.155
3 44 Spain Pol Espargaro
KTM 1'37.889 0.174
4 21 Italy Franco Morbidelli
Yamaha 1'38.010 0.295
5 12 Spain Maverick Viñales
Yamaha 1'38.107 0.392
6 20 France Fabio Quartararo
Yamaha 1'38.132 0.417
7 36 Spain Joan Mir
Suzuki 1'38.144 0.429
8 46 Italy Valentino Rossi
Yamaha 1'38.292 0.577
9 63 Italy Francesco Bagnaia
Ducati 1'38.309 0.594
10 43 Australia Jack Miller
Ducati 1'38.385 0.670
11 33 South Africa Brad Binder
KTM 1'38.441 0.726
12 4 Italy Andrea Dovizioso
Ducati 1'38.442 0.727
13 9 Italy Danilo Petrucci
Ducati 1'38.543 0.828
14 53 Spain Tito Rabat
Ducati 1'38.557 0.842
15 88 Portugal Miguel Oliveira
KTM 1'38.642 0.927
16 41 Spain Aleix Espargaro
Aprilia 1'38.722 1.007
17 27 Spain Iker Lecuona
KTM 1'38.768 1.053
18 73 Spain Alex Marquez
Honda 1'38.806 1.091
19 35 United Kingdom Cal Crutchlow
Honda 1'38.847 1.132
20 42 Spain Alex Rins
Suzuki 1'39.101 1.386
21 38 United Kingdom Bradley Smith
Aprilia 1'39.476 1.761
22 93 Spain Marc Marquez
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