German MotoGP: Oliveira puts KTM on top in FP2

KTM’s Miguel Oliveira led the second practice session for the MotoGP German Grand Prix by 0.220 seconds while Marc Marquez was 12th having elected against a late time attack.

Barcelona race winner Oliveira set the early pace on the factory KTM at the start of FP2, the Portuguese rider’s benchmark a 1m21.823s.

Marquez soon took over from Oliveira with a 1m21.687s, though this lap was set under yellow flag conditions when Avintia rookie Luca Marini crashed on the exit of the final corner. 

This ultimately turned out to be of little consequence as Marquez hooked together a second quick lap on his Honda with a 1m21.656s.

Oliveira demoted him moments later with a 1m31.496s, which stood as the time to beat until just under 20 minutes remaining.

Having aborted a lap set to put him back on top after a wild moment on the exit of the Turn 8 left-hander, Marquez had no such dramas on his following lap and returned to the top of the timesheets with a 1m21.291s.

Most of the field went into time attack mode in the closing moments of FP2, with Takaaki Nakagami on the LCR Honda the first to better Marquez’s lap with a 1m21.131s. 

This only stood firm for around a minute as Fabio Quartararo - who worked on used medium rubber at the start of FP2 - on the works Yamaha took over with a 1m21.075s – though he too was quickly deposed by his teammate Maverick Vinales, who found 0.078s on his lap.

Oliveira threw in a 1m20.690s with two minutes to go to return to the top of the order, and this would prove to be a time that would go unchallenged through to the chequered flag. 

Quartararo held onto second ahead of Vinales, while Alex Rins impressed in fourth on the first of the Suzukis despite suffering a bit of pain in the right arm he broke two weeks ago in Barcelona.

Honda's Pol Espargaro had a second crash in FP2 at the Omgea right-hander at Turn 3, but rebounded to fifth at the end ahead of Nakagami.

Aleix Espargaro was seventh on the Aprilia, with Johann Zarco top Ducati rider in eighth on his Pramac GP21 ahead of factory Ducati rider Jack Miller and Petronas SRT’s Franco Morbidelli.

Marquez was one of only a few not to fit a fresh soft tyre at the end of the session for a time attack and was 12th as a result with his earlier effort of 1m21.291s. 

He trailed a resurgent Danilo Petrucci in 11th, who is enjoying a better turn of speed in Germany courtesy of a new KTM chassis on his Tech 3-run RC16. 

World champion Joan Mir was a low-key 16th on the sister factory Suzuki, while Valentino Rossi was left in 21st after crashing his SRT Yamaha at the first corner late on.

Ducati’s Francesco Bagnaia was 1.5s off the pace on his factory Ducati in 22nd and last, though appeared not to fit a fresh soft tyre for a time attack at the end of the session.

Marini’s afternoon ended with a scary crash at the fast Turn 7 left, walking away unscathed but unable to improve on 18th having run as high as second at one point of the session.

FP2 results:

Cla # Rider Bike Time Gap
1 88 Portugal Miguel Oliveira
KTM 1'20.690
2 20 France Fabio Quartararo
Yamaha 1'20.910 0.220
3 12 Spain Maverick Viñales
Yamaha 1'21.023 0.333
4 42 Spain Alex Rins
Suzuki 1'21.077 0.387
5 44 Spain Pol Espargaro
Honda 1'21.108 0.418
6 30 Japan Takaaki Nakagami
Honda 1'21.131 0.441
7 41 Spain Aleix Espargaro
Aprilia 1'21.143 0.453
8 5 France Johann Zarco
Ducati 1'21.181 0.491
9 43 Australia Jack Miller
Ducati 1'21.192 0.502
10 21 Italy Franco Morbidelli
Yamaha 1'21.228 0.538
11 9 Italy Danilo Petrucci
KTM 1'21.282 0.592
12 93 Spain Marc Marquez
Honda 1'21.291 0.601
13 73 Spain Alex Marquez
Honda 1'21.293 0.603
14 89 Spain Jorge Martin
Ducati 1'21.398 0.708
15 33 South Africa Brad Binder
KTM 1'21.426 0.736
16 36 Spain Joan Mir
Suzuki 1'21.453 0.763
17 27 Spain Iker Lecuona
KTM 1'21.568 0.878
18 10 Italy Luca Marini
Ducati 1'21.595 0.905
19 23 Italy Enea Bastianini
Ducati 1'21.702 1.012
20 32 Italy Lorenzo Savadori
Aprilia 1'21.878 1.188
21 46 Italy Valentino Rossi
Yamaha 1'21.968 1.278
22 63 Italy Francesco Bagnaia
Ducati 1'22.211 1.521
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