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Brno MotoGP: Quartararo leads Petronas 1-2 in FP2

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Brno MotoGP: Quartararo leads Petronas 1-2 in FP2
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Fabio Quartararo pipped Petronas Yamaha MotoGP teammate Franco Morbidelli by 0.007 seconds in second practice for the Czech Grand Prix at Brno.

Factory Ducati rider Danilo Petrucci set the initial pace in FP2 with a 1m58.583s, though this was quickly beaten by KTM’s Pol Espargaro with a 1m57.583s. 

Championship leader Quartararo deposed the factory KTM man with a 1m57.564s, before Joan Mir leaped up to top spot on the Suzuki with a 1m57.445s.

This stood as the benchmark until the closing six minutes, when most of the field opted for a time attack on soft rubber.

Morbidelli blitzed the field with a 1m56.509s, and this lap would remain intact until after the chequered flag, when teammate Quartararo started lighting up the timing screens. 

Quartararo was repeatedly caught on camera visibly angry, and was shaking his head after firing in the 1m56.502s lap which put him into top spot at the end of the session. 

Tech 3’s Miguel Oliveira completed the top three, 0.048s off top spot at a circuit where KTM comes armed with recent data courtesy of a private test with Dani Pedrosa last month.

Avintia Ducati's Johann Zarco leaped up to fourth late on to end the day as top Ducati runner, with Maverick Vinales fifth on the works Yamaha. 

Mir was shuffled back to sixth ahead of Aprilia’s Aleix Espargaro, while his KTM-mounted brother Pol was a further 0.018s adrift in eighth.

FP1 pacesetter Takaaki Nakagami was ninth and top Honda runner on the year-old LCR RC213V, with Pramac Ducati’s Jack Miller completing the top 10.

Neither works team Ducati riders currently occupy a provisional Q2 place, with Petrucci heading Andrea Dovizioso in 14th – the latter not bettering his time from FP1. 

Valentino Rossi was 12th on the sister works team Yamaha ahead of the still-injured Suzuki of Alex Rins, with Alex Marquez 16th on the Honda after suffering a technical issue early in the session.

Marc Marquez’s stand-in Stefan Bradl once again propped up the field, some 1.922s off the pace as he gears up for his first MotoGP race in almost a year. 

Pramac’s Francesco Bagnaia was absent from FP2 while undergoing checks in hospital on a fractured knee suffered in a crash in FP1. He will sit out the rest of the Czech GP weekend and will be out of action at next week’s Austrian GP.

Czech GP - Second practice results:

Cla # Rider Bike Time Gap
1 20 France Fabio Quartararo
Yamaha 1'56.502
2 21 Italy Franco Morbidelli
Yamaha 1'56.509 0.007
3 88 Portugal Miguel Oliveira
KTM 1'56.550 0.048
4 5 France Johann Zarco
Ducati 1'56.583 0.081
5 12 Spain Maverick Viñales
Yamaha 1'56.668 0.166
6 36 Spain Joan Mir
Suzuki 1'56.876 0.374
7 41 Spain Aleix Espargaro
Aprilia 1'57.041 0.539
8 44 Spain Pol Espargaro
KTM 1'57.059 0.557
9 30 Japan Takaaki Nakagami
Honda 1'57.073 0.571
10 43 Australia Jack Miller
Ducati 1'57.109 0.607
11 33 South Africa Brad Binder
KTM 1'57.279 0.777
12 46 Italy Valentino Rossi
Yamaha 1'57.290 0.788
13 42 Spain Alex Rins
Suzuki 1'57.354 0.852
14 9 Italy Danilo Petrucci
Ducati 1'57.620 1.118
15 4 Italy Andrea Dovizioso
Ducati 1'57.635 1.133
16 73 Spain Alex Marquez
Honda 1'57.688 1.186
17 53 Spain Tito Rabat
Ducati 1'57.777 1.275
18 35 United Kingdom Cal Crutchlow
Honda 1'57.865 1.363
19 38 United Kingdom Bradley Smith
Aprilia 1'58.161 1.659
20 27 Spain Iker Lecuona
KTM 1'58.378 1.876
21 6 Germany Stefan Bradl
Honda 1'58.424 1.922
63 Italy Francesco Bagnaia
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