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Le Mans MotoGP: Vinales tops crash-filled FP2

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Le Mans MotoGP: Vinales tops crash-filled FP2
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May 17, 2019, 1:14 PM

Maverick Vinales topped a crash-filled Friday afternoon MotoGP practice at Le Mans as his Yamaha teammate Valentino Rossi was left facing a possible Q1 appearance.

Championship leader Marc Marquez led most of the session but his 1m32.2s efforts were slower than Fabio Quartararo's FP1 benchmark, before times tumbled significantly at the end of FP2.

Vinales first took the lead with a 1m31.983s with three minutes remaining but he was quickly demoted by Jorge Lorenzo.

But Vinales was able to improve two more times with a 1m31.549s and then a 1m31.428s to head an ultra-close classification, in which 15 riders slotted in within one second of the fastest time.

Marquez took second but was nearly two tenths slower than Vinales, with local hero Quartararo ending up third.

The Frenchman beat Lorenzo by three thousandths of a second, while Andrea Dovizioso took fifth, only 0.02s behind.

Dovizioso was the top Ducati in what was an otherwise difficult FP2 for the Italian firm, with Danilo Petrucci crashing while exiting Turn 8 at the very beginning of the session, while Pramac Jack Miller had crashes at T3 and T11 respectively.

Petrucci recovered to sixth followed by KTM's Pol Espargaro, who also had two falls, and Aleix Espargaro, the Aprilia man another rider to crash in the end.

LCR Honda's Takaaki Nakagami took ninth as the top nine riders in the session also hold the same positions in the overall practice classification.

Franco Morbidelli completed the top 10, narrowly edging Cal Crutchlow out, the Briton challenging for the top positions before crashing at Turn 6.

Rossi had to settle for 13th as he curiously started the late-session flying laps on a medium rear tyre, and a late change to soft left him with no time to move into the combined classification top 10.

Rain is forecast for Saturday, and should it arrive to the track early enough for FP3, Rossi could be forced to fight his way through Q1 along with several other usual frontrunners.

Suzuki duo Joan Mir, whose session also ended with a crash, and Alex Rins were only 14th and 15th respectively in FP2, ahead of Miller.

But Miller still ended the day in the overall top 10, by just 0.001s ahead of Morbidelli.

FP2 results

Cla Rider Bike Laps Time Gap
1 Spain Maverick Viñales
Yamaha 21 1'31.428
2 Spain Marc Marquez
Honda 22 1'31.618 0.190
3 France Fabio Quartararo
Yamaha 23 1'31.713 0.285
4 Spain Jorge Lorenzo
Honda 22 1'31.716 0.288
5 Italy Andrea Dovizioso
Ducati 21 1'31.736 0.308
6 Italy Danilo Petrucci
Ducati 17 1'31.899 0.471
7 Spain Pol Espargaro
KTM 12 1'31.923 0.495
8 Spain Aleix Espargaro
Aprilia 17 1'32.132 0.704
9 Japan Takaaki Nakagami
Honda 20 1'32.203 0.775
10 Italy Franco Morbidelli
Yamaha 22 1'32.239 0.811
11 United Kingdom Cal Crutchlow
Honda 18 1'32.270 0.842
12 Italy Francesco Bagnaia
Ducati 18 1'32.285 0.857
13 Italy Valentino Rossi
Yamaha 20 1'32.320 0.892
14 Spain Joan Mir
Suzuki 23 1'32.322 0.894
15 Spain Alex Rins
Suzuki 22 1'32.385 0.957
16 Australia Jack Miller
Ducati 15 1'32.573 1.145
17 France Johann Zarco
KTM 19 1'32.574 1.146
18 Czech Republic Karel Abraham
Ducati 18 1'32.999 1.571
19 Italy Andrea Iannone
Aprilia 18 1'33.141 1.713
20 Portugal Miguel Oliveira
KTM 20 1'33.401 1.973
21 Spain Tito Rabat
Ducati 23 1'33.431 2.003
22 Malaysia Hafizh Syahrin
KTM 19 1'33.903 2.475
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Series MotoGP
Event French GP
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Author David Gruz