MotoGP

Vinales fastest in MotoGP Aragon FP2, Marquez crashes

Maverick Vinales led Yamaha MotoGP team-mate Valentino Rossi in Aragon Grand Prix FP2, though Marquez held onto top spot on the combined times despite a small crash.

Honda Marquez was dominant in FP1, leading Vinales by 1.6s, and continued to run the soft rear tyre at the start of second session in a bid to secure direct passage into Q2 with rain predicted to affect Saturday’s FP3.

While he ended his first run without getting close to his FP1 benchmark of 1m46.869s, he still led the way by half a second from Suzuki’s Alex Rins.

Marquez’s FP1 effort remained by far the best lap of the day, and he didn’t improve for the rest of the session, switching to a hard rear tyre at the end on his second bike after suffering a tumble at Turn 8 in the latter stages.

He led the FP2 standings until the final four minutes of the session when Vinales took over with a brace of low 1m48s laps, culminating in a 1m38.014s, with Rossi just 0.071s further back.

Petronas SRT Yamaha rider Fabio Quartararo timed his best lap for after the chequered flag fell and was fastest after the first three sectors of the lap, but ended up third behind his factory counterparts.

Marquez ended up fourth despite his fall, while Pol Espargaro again impressed on the KTM with fifth, narrowly beating the top Ducati of Jack Miller (Pramac) and Cal Crutchlow (LCR Honda).

Andrea Dovizioso was eighth on the works team Ducati, with Joan Mir (Suzuki) and Aprilia’s Aleix Espargaro completing the top 10 and thus poised for automatic Q2 spots, given Saturday’s likely rain.

Espargaro denied Mir’s Suzuki team-mate Rins a top 10 position by 0.033s, while Dovizioso’s Ducati team-mate Danilo Petrucci was only 12th behind the pair.

Johann Zarco’s replacement Mika Kallio was 17th as the second-fastest KTM, while Honda works rider Jorge Lorenzo took 20th, 1.6s slower than Vinales.

Pos Rider Team Bike Time Gap Laps
1 Maverick Vinales Yamaha Yamaha 1m48.014s 19
2 Valentino Rossi Yamaha Yamaha 1m48.071s 0.057s 19
3 Fabio Quartararo Petronas Yamaha Yamaha 1m48.117s 0.103s 18
4 Marc Marquez Honda Honda 1m48.204s 0.190s 18
5 Pol Espargaro KTM KTM 1m48.392s 0.378s 17
6 Jack Miller Pramac Ducati Ducati 1m48.442s 0.428s 20
7 Cal Crutchlow LCR Honda Honda 1m48.450s 0.436s 19
8 Andrea Dovizioso Ducati Ducati 1m48.477s 0.463s 19
9 Joan Mir Suzuki Suzuki 1m48.641s 0.627s 18
10 Aleix Espargaro Aprilia Aprilia 1m48.704s 0.690s 15
11 Alex Rins Suzuki Suzuki 1m48.737s 0.723s 20
12 Danilo Petrucci Ducati Ducati 1m48.873s 0.859s 17
13 Takaaki Nakagami LCR Honda Honda 1m48.923s 0.909s 17
14 Franco Morbidelli Petronas Yamaha Yamaha 1m49.104s 1.090s 19
15 Andrea Iannone Aprilia Aprilia 1m49.236s 1.222s 15
16 Tito Rabat Avintia Ducati Ducati 1m49.304s 1.290s 19
17 Mika Kallio KTM KTM 1m49.342s 1.328s 19
18 Miguel Oliveira Tech3 KTM KTM 1m49.425s 1.411s 17
19 Hafizh Syahrin Tech3 KTM KTM 1m49.626s 1.612s 15
20 Jorge Lorenzo Honda Honda 1m49.710s 1.696s 17
21 Francesco Bagnaia Pramac Ducati Ducati 1m49.821s 1.807s 13
22 Karel Abraham Avintia Ducati Ducati 1m49.903s 1.889s 15
23 Bradley Smith Aprilia Aprilia 1m50.164s 2.150s 15

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