Binder leads Nakagami by 0.002s in second Misano practice - The Race

Binder leads Nakagami by 0.002s in second Misano practice

Sep 18 2020
By Valentin Khorounzhiy

KTM MotoGP rider Brad Binder topped the second practice session of the Emilia Romagna Grand Prix weekend at Misano.

Binder led second-placed Takaaki Nakagami (LCR Honda) by 0.002s, with the top five split by only seven hundredths of a second.

The pace-setter in FP1, Fabio Quartararo (Petronas Yamaha) set the initial FP2 pace and led much of the session with a 1m32.273s, which Pramac Ducati’s Francesco Bagnaia surpassed by just over a tenth with around 18 minutes left on the clock.

As riders fitted fresh tyres for a late-session burst of pace, KTM’s Pol Espargaro – who had a crash in the opening minutes of the session – improved the FP2 benchmark by another tenth, before immediately following that up with a 1m31.699s, the fastest lap of the weekend so far.

It only held that distinction for a few seconds, however, with Takaaki Nakagami immediately going seven hundredths quicker.


As the session entered its final three minutes, Espargaro’s team-mate Brad Binder produced a 1m31.628s in Maverick Vinales’ tow to snatch the top spot from Nakagami and secure FP2 honours.

Both Quartararo and Vinales made late bits to unseat Binder, but the two Yamaha riders came up short, trailing the South African rookie by 0.016 and 0.041s respectively.

Espargaro completed an ultra-close top five and was more than a quarter of a second clear of sixth-placed Danilo Petrucci (Ducati).

Tech3’s Miguel Oliveira made it three KTMs in the top seven, ahead of Avintia Ducati’s Johann Zarco – who had a late crash at Turn 2 – and Suzuki’s Joan Mir.

Though Bagnaia finished the session in 10th, he was the only rider in the top 10 in FP2 not to end the day with a provisional Q2 spot, as his best time of the day is slower than that of San Marino GP winner Franco Morbidelli (Petronas Yamaha) – who ended FP2 in 14th.

Vinales’ works Yamaha team-mate Valentino Rossi was only 12th and is among a host of big names that will definitely need to improve in FP3 to secure a Q2 spot, which also include Jack Miller (Pramac Ducati), Alex Rins (Suzuki) and Ducati’s championship leader Andrea Dovizioso.

Practice 2 Results

Pos Name Team Bike Gap Next Gap Leader Best Time
1 Brad Binder Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM 1m31.628s
2 Takaaki Nakagami LCR Honda Honda +0.002s +0.002s 1m31.63s
3 Fabio Quartararo Petronas Yamaha SRT Yamaha +0.014s +0.016s 1m31.644s
4 Maverick Viñales Yamaha Factory Racing Yamaha +0.025s +0.041s 1m31.669s
5 Pol Espargaró Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM +0.03s +0.071s 1m31.699s
6 Danilo Petrucci Ducati Team Ducati +0.274s +0.345s 1m31.973s
7 Miguel Oliveira Red Bull KTM Tech 3 KTM +0.059s +0.404s 1m32.032s
8 Johann Zarco Avintia Racing Ducati +0.04s +0.444s 1m32.072s
9 Joan Mir Team Suzuki MotoGP Suzuki +0.054s +0.498s 1m32.126s
10 Francesco Bagnaia Pramac Racing Ducati +0.012s +0.51s 1m32.138s
11 Iker Lecuona Red Bull KTM Tech 3 KTM +0.1s +0.61s 1m32.238s
12 Valentino Rossi Yamaha Factory Racing Yamaha +0.025s +0.635s 1m32.263s
13 Jack Miller Pramac Racing Ducati +0.016s +0.651s 1m32.279s
14 Franco Morbidelli Petronas Yamaha SRT Yamaha +0.028s +0.679s 1m32.307s
15 Aleix Espargaró Aprilia Racing Team Gresini Aprilia +0.032s +0.711s 1m32.339s
16 Alex Marquez Repsol Honda Team Honda +0.03s +0.741s 1m32.369s
17 Alex Rins Team Suzuki MotoGP Suzuki +0.038s +0.779s 1m32.407s
18 Andrea Dovizioso Ducati Team Ducati +0.285s +1.064s 1m32.692s
19 Tito Rabat Avintia Racing Ducati +0.096s +1.16s 1m32.788s
20 Bradley Smith Aprilia Racing Team Gresini Aprilia +0.128s +1.288s 1m32.916s

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