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Miller tops second Aragon MotoGP practice as Marquez crashes

Sep 10 2021
By Valentin Khorounzhiy

Ducati rider Jack Miller headed the second MotoGP Friday practice session at Aragon, as pre-weekend favourite Marc Marquez suffered a crash.

Opening practice pace-setter Marquez fell within the first 10 minutes of FP2, following his brother on the long back straight but having to brake hard and take the wide line through Turn 16 to avoid a collision, which caused him to fold the front on his Honda.

He was visibly enraged by the crash, ‘rage-hopping’ across the track as his bike came to a rest in the run-off, its seat unit ripped off.

Marquez had been on course to lead the session when he fell, and it was fellow Honda rider Takaaki Nakagami who topped the timesheets in his absence, leading until a last-gasp flurry of improvements on fresh rubber.

Miller ultimately emerged as the fastest, posting a weekend-best 1m47.613s, and was joined in the top three by Aprilia’s Aleix Espargaro and Yamaha stand-in Cal Crutchlow.

Ducati trio Johann Zarco, Jorge Martin and Francesco Bagnaia – who crashed shortly after Marquez did – all improved as the chequered flag flew to make up the top six, relegating Yamaha’s points leader Fabio Quartararo to seventh and former session leader Nakagami to eighth.

Aprilia’s debutant Maverick Vinales was 19th again, but this time only 1.142s off the pace – and having had a narrowly faster lap deleted for a track limits infringement.

Marquez ended up only 20th, having opted to run used tyres in the final minutes of the session, with his FP1 time still good enough to maintain a provisional Q2 spot for now.

Practice 2 Results

Pos Name Team Bike Gap Next Gap Leader Best Time
1 Jack Miller Ducati Lenovo Team Ducati 1m47.613s
2 Aleix Espargaró Aprilia Racing Team Gresini Aprilia +0.273s +0.273s 1m47.886s
3 Cal Crutchlow Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP Yamaha +0.011s +0.284s 1m47.897s
4 Johann Zarco Pramac Racing Ducati +0.091s +0.375s 1m47.988s
5 Jorge Martin Pramac Racing Ducati +0.035s +0.41s 1m48.023s
6 Francesco Bagnaia Ducati Lenovo Team Ducati +0.009s +0.419s 1m48.032s
7 Fabio Quartararo Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP Yamaha +0.002s +0.421s 1m48.034s
8 Takaaki Nakagami LCR Honda IDEMITSU Honda +0.023s +0.444s 1m48.057s
9 Enea Bastianini Avintia Esponsorama Racing Ducati +0.029s +0.473s 1m48.086s
10 Pol Espargaró Repsol Honda Team Honda +0.08s +0.553s 1m48.166s
11 Alex Rins Team SUZUKI ECSTAR Suzuki +0.101s +0.654s 1m48.267s
12 Brad Binder Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM +0.011s +0.665s 1m48.278s
13 Alex Marquez LCR Honda Castrol Honda +0.036s +0.701s 1m48.314s
14 Danilo Petrucci Tech3 KTM Factory Racing KTM +0.037s +0.738s 1m48.351s
15 Luca Marini SKY VR46 Avintia Team Ducati +0.105s +0.843s 1m48.456s
16 Iker Lecuona Tech3 KTM Factory Racing KTM +0.07s +0.913s 1m48.526s
17 Miguel Oliveira Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM +0.097s +1.01s 1m48.623s
18 Valentino Rossi Petronas Yamaha SRT Yamaha +0.026s +1.036s 1m48.649s
19 Maverick Viñales Aprilia Racing Team Gresini Aprilia +0.106s +1.142s 1m48.755s
20 Marc Marquez Repsol Honda Team Honda +0.072s +1.214s 1m48.827s
21 Joan Mir Team SUZUKI ECSTAR Suzuki +0.059s +1.273s 1m48.886s
22 Jake Dixon Petronas Yamaha SRT Yamaha +1.101s +2.374s 1m49.987s

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