Quartararo fastest as Yamaha continues to dominate

Sep 11 2020
By Valentin Khorounzhiy

MotoGP championship leader Fabio Quartararo set the pace in the second Friday practice at Misano, as Yamaha continued to dominate.

Petronas rider Quartararo recorded the fastest lap of the weekend so far as the chequered flag flew, although his 1m32.189s was only 0.009s clear of what the works Yamaha of Maverick Vinales had managed when setting the pace in the morning session.

Having locked out the top two spots in FP1, Yamaha picked up where it had left off by running 1-2-3 early in second practice, with Quartararo leading ahead of Vinales and Petronas team-mate Franco Morbidelli.

Suzuki rider Joan Mir jumped ahead with a 1m33.236s coming up to the halfway point, and while Quartararo then retook the spot by a few thousandths, Mir’s team-mate Alex Rins then leapfrogged both, using a soft rear to post a 1m33.015s.

With 15 minutes left on the clock, a final sector spent in the tow of Stefan Bradl’s works Honda helped Vinales to the first sub-1m33s effort of the session, recorded on a hard rear that had completed nearly a full race’s worth of mileage.

This kept him top until the final minutes, when many riders – including Vinales himself – fitted fresh softs, with Brad Binder the first to capitalise by taking 0.008s out of Vinales’ benchmark.

Moments later, Morbidelli put half a second between himself and the pack with a 1m32.367s, with team-mate Quartararo then logging a lap 0.020s worse, only for it to be chalked off due to a track limits infringement.

However, Quartararo shrugged off the deletion by going two tenths quicker next time by as the chequered flag flew, securing a 1-2 for his Petronas Yamaha team.

Pol Espargaro KTM Misano MotoGP 2020

Pol Espargaro led KTM’s efforts in third, three tenths down on Quartararo and two tenths up on his nearest rival – fellow KTM rider Iker Lecuona, the Tech3 rookie impressing in fourth.

Yamaha works duo Valentino Rossi and Vinales made it four Yamahas in the top six, the former sticking with the medium rear in the closing stages and the latter running a used soft front.

Danilo Petrucci led Ducati’s efforts in seventh, with works team-mate Andrea Dovizioso in 11th, 0.009s behind Aprilia’s Aleix Espargaro.

Dovizioso is currently not on course to secure one of the automatic Q2 spots for Saturday, unlike all four KTMs, with Pol Espargaro’s factory team-mate Binder – who crashed early in the session at Turn 6 – and Lecuona’s team-mate Miguel Oliveira eighth and ninth in FP2 respectively.

The Hondas and the Suzukis didn’t end up troubling the top 10, the former led by LCR’s Takaaki Nakagami in 12th and the latter by Alex Rins in 13th.

Practice 2 Results

Pos Name Team Bike Gap Next Gap Leader Best Time
1 Fabio Quartararo Petronas Yamaha SRT Yamaha 1m32.189s
2 Franco Morbidelli Petronas Yamaha SRT Yamaha +0.178s +0.178s 1m32.367s
3 Pol Espargaró Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM +0.109s +0.287s 1m32.476s
4 Iker Lecuona Red Bull KTM Tech 3 KTM +0.199s +0.486s 1m32.675s
5 Valentino Rossi Yamaha Factory Racing Yamaha +0.057s +0.543s 1m32.732s
6 Maverick Viñales Yamaha Factory Racing Yamaha +0.01s +0.553s 1m32.742s
7 Danilo Petrucci Ducati Team Ducati +0.083s +0.636s 1m32.825s
8 Brad Binder Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM +0.095s +0.731s 1m32.92s
9 Miguel Oliveira Red Bull KTM Tech 3 KTM +0.015s +0.746s 1m32.935s
10 Aleix Espargaró Aprilia Racing Team Gresini Aprilia +0.001s +0.747s 1m32.936s
11 Andrea Dovizioso Ducati Team Ducati +0.009s +0.756s 1m32.945s
12 Takaaki Nakagami LCR Honda Honda +0.03s +0.786s 1m32.975s
13 Alex Rins Team Suzuki MotoGP Suzuki +0.04s +0.826s 1m33.015s
14 Johann Zarco Avintia Racing Ducati +0.034s +0.86s 1m33.049s
15 Joan Mir Team Suzuki MotoGP Suzuki +0.075s +0.935s 1m33.124s
16 Jack Miller Pramac Racing Ducati +0.244s +1.179s 1m33.368s
17 Francesco Bagnaia Pramac Racing Ducati +0.032s +1.211s 1m33.4s
18 Bradley Smith Aprilia Racing Team Gresini Aprilia +0.168s +1.379s 1m33.568s
19 Stefan Bradl Repsol Honda Team Honda +0.063s +1.442s 1m33.631s
20 Cal Crutchlow LCR Honda Honda +0.065s +1.507s 1m33.696s
21 Alex Marquez Repsol Honda Team Honda +0.11s +1.617s 1m33.806s
22 Tito Rabat Avintia Racing Ducati +0.117s +1.734s 1m33.923s
Fabio Quartararo SRT Petronas Yamaha Misano MotoGP 2020

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