Australia MotoGP: Vinales dominates dry FP2
Maverick Vinales dominated the Friday afternoon MotoGP session at Phillip Island as Marc Marquez hit teammate Jorge Lorenzo on his last lap.
After setting the pace in the wet FP1, Vinales was also on top for the majority of FP2, with Marquez only leading early on, and briefly in the middle of the session.
Vinales built a sizable lead with a 1m29.195s with 17 minutes on the clock, a time he was able to improve on twice more to end up with a 1m28.824s.
Andrea Dovizioso moved up to second with a time set after the chequered flag fell, but his deficit to the Yamaha man was 0.496s.
LCR Honda's Cal Crutchlow took third ahead of Danilo Petrucci and Jack Miller (Pramac) as three Ducatis made it into the top five.
Marquez had to settle for sixth after an overtake on Lorenzo at Turn 11 on his final lap resulted in the two Repsol Hondas making contact, and piece flying off of one of the bikes.
He still narrowly beat Valentino Rossi, who was seventh, followed by Suzuki's Alex Rins.
The last Yamaha in the order was Petronas Yamaha's Franco Morbidelli in ninth as his teammate Fabio Quartararo skipped the session.
While the Frenchman was declared fit following his crash in the wet FP1, he sat out FP2 because of the painkillers he took.
Aprilia's Aleix Espargaro took a crucial last spot in the top 10, with wet conditions potentially returning in FP3.
Johann Zarco ended his first dry session on a Honda in 15th, 1.617s off the pace but nearly two tenths faster than Lorenzo, who was 16th.
Two riders, Pol Espargaro and Francesco Bagnaia crashed at the end of the session at T8 and T2 respectively.
Marquez topped a 20-minute timed tyre test that took place straight after FP2 with a time of 1m29.254s, which was nearly two tenths faster than his best time from earlier.
The Honda rider led Aprilia's Andrea Iannone and Vinales, while Pol Espargaro skipped the extra session following his FP2 crash.
|1|| Maverick Viñales ||Yamaha||25||01'28.824|
|2|| Andrea Dovizioso ||Ducati||22||01'29.320||00.496|
|3|| Cal Crutchlow ||Honda||22||01'29.325||00.501|
|4|| Danilo Petrucci ||Ducati||20||01'29.327||00.503|
|5|| Jack Miller ||Ducati||20||01'29.344||00.520|
|6|| Marc Marquez ||Honda||19||01'29.421||00.597|
|7|| Valentino Rossi ||Yamaha||21||01'29.436||00.612|
|8|| Alex Rins ||Suzuki||21||01'29.472||00.648|
|9|| Franco Morbidelli ||Yamaha||21||01'29.718||00.894|
|10|| Aleix Espargaro ||Aprilia||18||01'29.791||00.967|
|11|| Joan Mir ||Suzuki||24||01'29.875||01.051|
|12|| Karel Abraham ||Ducati||20||01'29.997||01.173|
|13|| Andrea Iannone ||Aprilia||18||01'30.170||01.346|
|14|| Francesco Bagnaia ||Ducati||17||01'30.426||01.602|
|15|| Johann Zarco ||Honda||21||01'30.441||01.617|
|16|| Jorge Lorenzo ||Honda||19||01'30.706||01.882|
|17|| Pol Espargaro ||KTM||17||01'30.859||02.035|
|18|| Mika Kallio ||KTM||21||01'30.865||02.041|
|19|| Hafizh Syahrin ||KTM||21||01'30.940||02.116|
|20|| Miguel Oliveira ||KTM||21||01'31.404||02.580|
|21|| Tito Rabat ||Ducati||22||01'31.459||02.635|
| Fabio Quartararo ||Yamaha||0|
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