Marquez retakes the lead in FP2 at Sachsenring

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After being beaten to P1 by Fabio Quartararo in FP1 at the Grand Prix Deutschland, Marc Marquez returned the favour in FP2 to lead the field by 0.341.

The Honda rider set a 1:20.705, with Alex Rins putting his GSX-RR in between Marquez and Quartararo in FP2 as the two Spaniard’s lead a frustrated Frenchman on Friday.

Conditions were warmer in the afternoon and almost the entire premier class field were able to improve their FP1 times within ten minutes of FP2, with Marquez going top of the timesheets in the early stages of the session.

Quartararo wasn’t one of the riders who was going quicker though, the rookie was the only man in the top 18 to not improve in the early stages. However, Quartararo took back top spot with 20 minutes remaining, just 0.013 separating the top two.

Other riders were also starting to make headway with less than 20 minutes to go, Maverick Vinales and Andrea Dovizioso putting in personal best times on the hard rear tyres to cement their positions in the top ten after finish P5 and P6 respectively in FP1, before Rins then shot himself to P1 with under ten minutes to go. The soft rear tyres were then put in and straight away, nine-time Sachsenring winner Marquez set the timing screen alight to go 0.3 clear.

A personal best lap time from Quartararo was put in but he remained third before teammate Franco Morbidelli ruined his next flying lap after cruising on the racing line in the first sector. Then, on his final flying lap, Quartararo was again left frustrated after catching a riding wounded Takaaki Nakagami – Day 1 honours would go to Marquez.

Rins would keep his P2 to improve from his P4 in FP1, just the start the Spaniard would have been looking for after his Assen crash, with Quartararo settling for P3. Vinales ends Friday in P4, 0.488 back from Marquez, with Pol Espargaro completing the top five after going well on the soft rear tyre in FP2 – the Spaniard improving from a P11 in FP1.

Cal Crutchlow, despite riding with a right knee and tibia injury, had a solid day at the office to finish sixth overall, a nice jump from P10 in the morning session. Jack Miller was a late improver to finish seventh, the Australian staying put after finishing seventh in FP1 to lead the Desmosedici charge.

Ducati Team’s Danilo Petrucci and Andrea Dovizioso head Valentino Rossi to complete the provisional automatic Q2 classification. Petrucci jumped up from a lowly P15 in FP1, Dovi and The Doctor slip down the pecking order.

Francesco Bagnaia missed FP2 after he visited the local hospital following his FP1 crash. The reigning Moto2 World Champion complained of neck pain but after medical checks, Bagnaia is fit to ride.

Full FP2 Result:

Pos. Rider Bike Time Gap 1st/Prev.
1 Marc MARQUEZ Honda 1'20.705  
2 Alex RINS Suzuki 1'21.046 0.341 / 0.341
3 Fabio QUARTARARO Yamaha 1'21.065 0.360 / 0.019
4 Maverick VIÑALES Yamaha 1'21.193 0.488 / 0.128
5 Pol ESPARGARO KTM 1'21.265 0.560 / 0.072
6 Cal CRUTCHLOW Honda 1'21.392 0.687 / 0.127
7 Jack MILLER Ducati 1'21.442 0.737 / 0.050
8 Danilo PETRUCCI Ducati 1'21.484 0.779 / 0.042
9 Andrea DOVIZIOSO Ducati 1'21.489 0.784 / 0.005
10 Valentino ROSSI Yamaha 1'21.538 0.833 / 0.049
11 Aleix ESPARGARO Aprilia 1'21.543 0.838 / 0.005
12 Franco MORBIDELLI Yamaha 1'21.641 0.936 / 0.098
13 Joan MIR Suzuki 1'21.678 0.973 / 0.037
14 Stefan BRADL Honda 1'21.693 0.988 / 0.015
15 Takaaki NAKAGAMI Honda 1'21.729 1.024 / 0.036
16 Andrea IANNONE Aprilia 1'21.758 1.053 / 0.029
17 Karel ABRAHAM Ducati 1'21.897 1.192 / 0.139
18 Miguel OLIVEIRA KTM 1'21.899 1.194 / 0.002
19 Johann ZARCO KTM 1'22.001 1.296 / 0.102
20 Hafizh SYAHRIN KTM 1'22.208 1.503 / 0.207
21 Tito RABAT Ducati 1'22.462 1.757 / 0.254
  Francesco BAGNAIA Ducati