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Miller fastest but half-wet track means little running

by Valentin Khorounzhiy
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Pramac Ducati rider Jack Miller topped a rain-disrupted second practice session ahead of MotoGP’s Austrian Grand Prix at the Red Bull Ring.

Miller’s best time on a drying track was seven tenths off the slowest effort in FP1, meaning that the second session has had no impact on the combined classification top 10 – which after FP3 will determine which riders go into Q2 automatically.

This means that, should it rain on Saturday morning, the likes of Yamaha works riders Maverick Vinales and Valentino Rossi, as well as Ducati’s Danilo Petrucci and KTM’s new race winner Brad Binder, would have to battle through Q1.

After rain hit the circuit during Moto3 practice, MotoGP’s second session kicked off with the track conditions varying from corner to corner, with the surface appearing bone dry in some sections yet very wet on the two straights between Turn 1 and Turn 4, and subsequently at Turn 9 and the pitlane entry too.

Sophomore riders Joan Mir and Miguel Oliveira, and rookie Alex Marquez were alone in taking to the track in the first 15 minutes, with all three swiftly returning to the pits – albeit with the latter posting a nominal 1m39.484s laptime.

The middle part of the session was virtually barren, save for a three-lap run from Aprilia’s Aleix Espargaro that left him a second off Oliveira – but the session roared into life in the final 10 minutes, as many riders ventured out of the pits, first on wets and soon on slicks.

Zarco lowered Oliveira’s benchmark by five seconds, before Marquez, Vinales and Miller took turns in the top spot.

And it was the latter who got to grips with the conditions the quickest, Miller improving to a 1m26.475s as the chequered flag flew to secure the top spot by what would ultimately be three quarters of a second.

Iker Lecuona moved up to second at the last moment, while his team-mate Miguel Oliveira made it two Tech3 KTM bikes in the top three. Their factory KTM counterparts, Binder and Pol Espargaro, were the only riders not to record a laptime.

Suzuki duo Alex Rins and Joan Mir were fourth and sixth respectively, split by Zarco.

Practice 2 Results

Pos Name Team Bike Gap Next Gap Leader Best Time
1 Jack Miller Pramac Racing Ducati 1m26.475s
2 Iker Lecuona Red Bull KTM Tech 3 KTM +0.753s +0.753s 1m27.228s
3 Miguel Oliveira Red Bull KTM Tech 3 KTM +0.193s +0.946s 1m27.421s
4 Alex Rins Team Suzuki MotoGP Suzuki +0.037s +0.983s 1m27.458s
5 Johann Zarco Avintia Racing Ducati +0.167s +1.15s 1m27.625s
6 Joan Mir Team Suzuki MotoGP Suzuki +0.168s +1.318s 1m27.793s
7 Alex Marquez Repsol Honda Team Honda +0.046s +1.364s 1m27.839s
8 Maverick Viñales Yamaha Factory Racing Yamaha +0.102s +1.466s 1m27.941s
9 Valentino Rossi Yamaha Factory Racing Yamaha +0.026s +1.492s 1m27.967s
10 Stefan Bradl Repsol Honda Team Honda +0.045s +1.537s 1m28.012s
11 Michele Pirro Pramac Racing Ducati +0.432s +1.969s 1m28.444s
12 Fabio Quartararo Petronas Yamaha SRT Yamaha +0.82s +2.789s 1m29.264s
13 Franco Morbidelli Petronas Yamaha SRT Yamaha +0.333s +3.122s 1m29.597s
14 Danilo Petrucci Ducati Team Ducati +0.072s +3.194s 1m29.669s
15 Cal Crutchlow LCR Honda Honda +0.315s +3.509s 1m29.984s
16 Takaaki Nakagami LCR Honda Honda +0.72s +4.229s 1m30.704s
17 Tito Rabat Avintia Racing Ducati +1.237s +5.466s 1m31.941s
18 Andrea Dovizioso Ducati Team Ducati +3.068s +8.534s 1m35.009s
19 Bradley Smith Aprilia Racing Team Gresini Aprilia +2.7s +11.234s 1m37.709s
20 Aleix Espargaró Aprilia Racing Team Gresini Aprilia +2.637s +13.871s 1m40.346s
21 Brad Binder Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM
22 Pol Espargaró Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM
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