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Who shone in crash-filled second Jerez MotoGP practice

by Valentin Khorounzhiy
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A crash-filled second MotoGP practice session at the Spanish Grand Prix left Pecco Bagnaia with a new Jerez lap record - and the works KTMs in strife.

Key moments

  • Bagnaia, Vinales and Marquez out front
  • Acosta leads KTMs again as they all crash
  • Seven Ducatis in top 10

Bagnaia's original pole record from 2022 was initially broken by Maverick Vinales during the late-session time attacks, with the Aprilia rider - in such great form - making hay in the final sector in particular.

But Bagnaia, relatively subdued in the first sector, replied emphatically with his final effort, going a tenth clear of Vinales with a 1m36.025s - the new best MotoGP lap at the venue, albeit one that is very likely to be surpassed by the first sub-1m35s effort here on Saturday.

Marc Marquez, very strong on used tyres in first practice, was also in the mix for first place in FP2, only denied the top spot by an off-the-pace final sector as he surrendered his entire tenth-and-a-half gap to Bagnaia there and lost even more to Vinales.

Still, he was closer to Bagnaia than to the rider behind him - VR46's Marco Bezzecchi.

Bezzecchi shrugged off an early crash at Turn 1 to place fourth, aided by being tucked in behind Bagnaia on his record lap.

Tech3 Gas Gas rookie Pedro Acosta was right in Bezzecchi's wheeltracks on that lap and likewise converted it into a comfortable top-10 spot, separated from Bezzecchi in the FP2 order by championship leader Jorge Martin in fifth place.

Aleix Espargaro was four tenths off Aprilia team-mate Vinales in seventh, breaking into the top 10 at the last attempt, while Enea Bastianini, Fabio Di Giannantonio and practice one pacesetter Alex Marquez made it seven Ducatis getting direct passage to Q2.

KTM's Brad Binder - who led so much of the session after an early burst of pace on the soft rear - should've been in Q2, too, but was thwarted by a fast crash at Turn 7 late on while on a lap plenty good enough for the top 10.

Team-mate Jack Miller just could not make it work, having himself had a crash during the time attack attempts - and wildcard Dani Pedrosa, who had his RC16 fold rapidly under him while tipping in for Turn 2, also missed out.

It meant that Acosta will be the only rider on an RC16 to avoid Q1.

The only Ducati rider to miss out on a direct Q2 spot was 12th fastest Franco Morbidelli, still struggling to put a laptime together when it counts most even if his pace overall seems much-improved.

The Japanese bike contingent was led by Alex Rins (Yamaha) in 15th, just 0.01s up on LCR Honda's Takaaki Nakagami - but both were over four tenths off Q2.

In addition to Bezzecchi and the KTMs, there were crashes for Vinales - who dropped his RS-GP at Turn 1 early on but seemingly did no damage at all to it - and his Aprilia stablemates Raul Fernandez and Miguel Oliveira, as well as Alex Marquez and Fabio Quartararo.

FP2 Result

PosNameCarBest TimeGap Leader
1Francesco BagnaiaDucati1m36.025s
2Maverick ViñalesAprilia1m36.125s+0.100s
3Marc MarquezDucati1m36.168s+0.143s
4Marco BezzecchiDucati1m36.364s+0.339s
5Jorge MartinDucati1m36.435s+0.410s
6Pedro AcostaKTM1m36.439s+0.414s
7Aleix EspargaróAprilia1m36.446s+0.421s
8Enea BastianiniDucati1m36.480s+0.455s
9Fabio Di GiannantonioDucati1m36.536s+0.511s
10Alex MarquezDucati1m36.539s+0.514s
11Brad BinderKTM1m36.644s+0.619s
12Franco MorbidelliDucati1m36.711s+0.686s
13Jack MillerKTM1m36.900s+0.875s
14Dani PedrosaKTM1m36.944s+0.919s
15Alex RinsYamaha1m36.959s+0.934s
16Takaaki NakagamiHonda1m36.969s+0.944s
17Raul FernandezAprilia1m37.111s+1.086s
18Johann ZarcoHonda1m37.277s+1.252s
19Miguel OliveiraAprilia1m37.342s+1.317s
20Fabio QuartararoYamaha1m37.382s+1.357s
21Joan MirHonda1m37.476s+1.451s
22Augusto FernandezKTM1m37.611s+1.586s
23Stefan BradlHonda1m37.709s+1.684s
24Luca MariniHonda1m37.838s+1.813s
25Lorenzo SavadoriAprilia1m37.902s+1.877s
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