Quartararo outpaces Vinales in Japan MotoGP FP2

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Petronas SRT Yamaha’s Fabio Quartararo set the pace in the Friday afternoon MotoGP practice session ahead of the Japanese Grand Prix ahead of Maverick Vinales.

Newly-crowned six-time world champion Marc Marquez’s FP2 programme was slightly delayed because his team mistakenly put on a hard rear tyre at the start of the session, but he swiftly took the lead when he rejoined with a soft rear.

He held a sizeable advantage over the field in the first half of the session, before Ducati factory rider Danilo Petrucci managed to go slightly faster with a 1m45.686s with 22 minutes remaining.

Petrucci stayed ahead until the dying stages when his team-mate Andrea Dovizioso outpaced him by seven hundredths, before FP1 pacesetter Vinales went half a second quicker on the works Yamaha.

Vinales’s top time was eventually smashed by Quartararo as the session ended, the rookie setting a 1m44.764s before going off into the gravel at Turn 1.

Behind Vinales and Marquez, Dovizioso was the top Ducati in fourth but over six tenths slower than Quartararo.

Vinales’ team-mate Valentino Rossi left his fast lap to the dying stages of the session, but was able to snatch fifth, with SRT’s Franco Morbidelli bringing a fourth Yamaha into the top six.

Pramac’s Jack Miller led the works Ducati of Petrucci in seventh, despite the former’s session ending with a crash at Turn 9.

Joan Mir was ninth as both he and 11th-placed Suzuki teammate Alex Rins, who doesn’t have an automatic Q2 spot at the moment, had off-track excursions during the session.

Aleix Espargaro put his Aprilia 10th, beating Rins by 0.009s, currently securing him a place in Q2 with Saturday’s crucial FP3 session set to be hit by bad weather.

Marquez was the only Honda in the top 10, with Cal Crutchlow, Takaaki Nakagami and Jorge Lorenzo only taking 12th, 15th and 17th respectively.

Tech 3 KTM rider Miguel Oliveira suffered a fast crash at Turn 12 midway through the session, but walked away unscathed despite a violent roll through the gravel.

Pos Rider Team Bike Time Gap Laps
1 Fabio Quartararo Petronas Yamaha Yamaha 1m44.764s 19
2 Maverick Vinales Yamaha Yamaha 1m45.085s 0.321s 18
3 Marc Marquez Honda Honda 1m45.100s 0.336s 17
4 Andrea Dovizioso Ducati Ducati 1m45.414s 0.650s 19
5 Valentino Rossi Yamaha Yamaha 1m45.466s 0.702s 17
6 Franco Morbidelli Petronas Yamaha Yamaha 1m45.562s 0.798s 20
7 Jack Miller Pramac Ducati Ducati 1m45.577s 0.813s 15
8 Danilo Petrucci Ducati Ducati 1m45.619s 0.855s 18
9 Joan Mir Suzuki Suzuki 1m45.641s 0.877s 20
10 Aleix Espargaro Aprilia Aprilia 1m45.721s 0.957s 15
11 Alex Rins Suzuki Suzuki 1m45.730s 0.966s 18
12 Cal Crutchlow LCR Honda Honda 1m45.804s 1.040s 17
13 Pol Espargaro KTM KTM 1m46.020s 1.256s 17
14 Francesco Bagnaia Pramac Ducati Ducati 1m46.330s 1.566s 18
15 Takaaki Nakagami LCR Honda Honda 1m46.557s 1.793s 15
16 Karel Abraham Avintia Ducati Ducati 1m46.576s 1.812s 17
17 Jorge Lorenzo Honda Honda 1m46.661s 1.897s 17
18 Miguel Oliveira Tech3 KTM KTM 1m46.800s 2.036s 16
19 Sylvain Guintoli Suzuki Suzuki 1m46.803s 2.039s 17
20 Andrea Iannone Aprilia Aprilia 1m46.969s 2.205s 15
21 Tito Rabat Avintia Ducati Ducati 1m47.158s 2.394s 19
22 Mika Kallio KTM KTM 1m47.312s 2.548s 18
23 Hafizh Syahrin Tech3 KTM KTM 1m47.974s 3.210s 17

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