MotoGP: Bezzecchi Leads After Wet Weather Affects Lower Class Running in Practice 2
The second practice session for the MotoGP field took place after wet weather caused disruption to earlier lower class running. Despite some red flags, it was Marco Bezzecchi who led the way with a 1m20.271s.
Trouble for Marquez and Zarco as Red Flags Wave Twice During Session
The session was hit by two red flags, one of which came after Marc Marquez lost control of his Honda bike and collided with Pramac Ducati’s Johann Zarco at Turn 1. Fortunately, both riders were unharmed but Marquez will face Q1 during Saturday’s qualifying.
Marquez had already experienced difficulty leading up to that point, giving his Honda motorcycle an obscene gesture following a hair-raising moment at Turn 11 right-hander.
Lap Times Improve Slowly Throughout Session
RNF Aprilia rider Miguel Oliveira made significant progress about midway through the session when he clocked a time of 1m20.461s to come third overall. However, there were few lap time improvements throughout most of the practice period.
Jorge Martin Takes Temporary Lead Before Bagnaia Secures Fastest Lap With Nine Minutes Remaining
Jorge Martin briefly grabbed first position before reigning world champion Francesco Bagnaia took over with just under nine minutes remaining in the session.
Aleix Espargaro Sets Late Pace But Bezzecchi Finishes on Top
Injured Aleix Espargaro set the pace with a 1m20.352s towards the end of the session, but it wasn’t enough to stop Marco Bezzecchi from securing first place overall with a time of 1m20.271s.
Jorge Martin finished second, followed by Aleix Espargaro in third and Francesco Bagnaia coming fourth. Jack Miller from KTM secured fifth position while Fabio Quartararo on Yamaha made it into sixth place and directly qualified for Q2.
Luca Marini (VR46 Ducati) was seventh ahead of Enea Bastianini (factory Ducati) at eighth, while Alex Marquez managed ninth despite crashing his Gresini bike during late stages. Johann Zarco took tenth spot on combined times which denied Brad Binder from KTM direct qualification to Q2 by just 0.063 seconds.
The Honda team managed to get Marc Marquez back on track using his second bike after his scary incident resulted in him taking out Johann Zarco earlier in the practice session; however, he mistimed his final run and took the chequered flag before starting his last lap.
Maverick Vinales Crashes During Practice Session
In another incident, Aprilia’s Maverick Vinales suffered a crash that left him down in sixteenth position while Raul Fernandez had to go through medical checks following an off when he slid down Turn 11 riding an RNF Aprilia motorcycle