Avintia Ducati rider Johann Zarco ended the first day of MotoGP practice for the Portuguese Grand Prix as quickest, having topped the second 70-minute session.
Zarco, who is contesting his final weekend with Avintia before switching over to other Ducati satellite team Pramac next year, led Yamaha rider Maverick Vinales by just over a tenth of a second.
After Pramac’s Jack Miller had a potentially session-topping lap deleted in FP1, it took until the final quarter of the FP2 for someone to muster a legal sub-1m40s lap of the Portimao circuit.
This came courtesy of Vinales, who pulled out a 1m39.931s on a fresh pair of hard tyres and therefore entered the final six minutes of the day in first place.
Moments later Miller went 0.036s faster, now on the soft rear, before being swiftly deposed by a 1m39.744s from Ducati stablemate Johann Zarco.
And though Vinales, now likewise equipped with a soft rear, found an extra tenth moments later, Zarco’s next lap was quicker still, a 1m39.417s leaving the Frenchman a quarter of a second ahead.
Vinales closed to within 0.119s off Zarco at the chequered flag, while Aprilia’s Aleix Espargaro was another tenth off in third, completing the top three for the second time on Friday.
Petronas Yamaha rider Fabio Quartararo moved up to fourth at the chequered flag, eclipsing KTM rookie Brad Binder by just 0.005s.
The series’ new champion Joan Mir was sixth, the Suzuki rider securing a provisional Q2 spot with his very final attempt.
Andrea Dovizioso marked his final Friday with Ducati with seventh place, ahead of KTM’s Pol Espargaro, Miller and Quartararo’s team-mate Franco Morbidelli.
Morbidelli, who leads Suzuki rider Alex Rins (17th in FP2) by four points in the battle to finish 2020 in second place in the riders’ standings, made it three Yamahas in the top 10, with the fourth M1 – that of Valentino Rossi – 21st and ahead only of Tech3 KTM’s replacement rider Mika Kallio.
Rossi and Rins were among the riders to crash during the session, the former falling at the Turn 4 left-hander and the latter at the Turn 8 right-hander.
Also down at Turn 4 was Takaaki Nakagami (LCR Honda), who recovered after that to finish the session in 12th, just behind the top Honda of Stefan Bradl and just ahead of Tech3’s home hero Miguel Oliveira, who had topped FP1.
Practice 2 Results
|Pos||Name||Team||Bike||Gap Next||Gap Leader||Best Time|
|1||Johann Zarco||Avintia Racing||Ducati||1m39.417s|
|2||Maverick Viñales||Yamaha Factory Racing||Yamaha||+0.119s||+0.119s||1m39.536s|
|3||Aleix Espargaró||Aprilia Racing Team Gresini||Aprilia||+0.109s||+0.228s||1m39.645s|
|4||Fabio Quartararo||Petronas Yamaha SRT||Yamaha||+0.047s||+0.275s||1m39.692s|
|5||Brad Binder||Red Bull KTM Factory Racing||KTM||+0.005s||+0.28s||1m39.697s|
|6||Joan Mir||Team Suzuki MotoGP||Suzuki||+0.035s||+0.315s||1m39.732s|
|7||Andrea Dovizioso||Ducati Team||Ducati||+0.009s||+0.324s||1m39.741s|
|8||Pol Espargaró||Red Bull KTM Factory Racing||KTM||+0.042s||+0.366s||1m39.783s|
|9||Jack Miller||Pramac Racing||Ducati||+0.037s||+0.403s||1m39.82s|
|10||Franco Morbidelli||Petronas Yamaha SRT||Yamaha||+0.068s||+0.471s||1m39.888s|
|11||Stefan Bradl||Repsol Honda Team||Honda||+0.021s||+0.492s||1m39.909s|
|12||Takaaki Nakagami||LCR Honda||Honda||+0.03s||+0.522s||1m39.939s|
|13||Miguel Oliveira||Red Bull KTM Tech 3||KTM||+0.007s||+0.529s||1m39.946s|
|14||Cal Crutchlow||LCR Honda||Honda||+0.02s||+0.549s||1m39.966s|
|15||Francesco Bagnaia||Pramac Racing||Ducati||+0.011s||+0.56s||1m39.977s|
|16||Lorenzo Savadori||Aprilia Racing Team Gresini||Aprilia||+0.108s||+0.668s||1m40.085s|
|17||Alex Rins||Team Suzuki MotoGP||Suzuki||+0.128s||+0.796s||1m40.213s|
|18||Alex Marquez||Repsol Honda Team||Honda||+0.125s||+0.921s||1m40.338s|
|19||Danilo Petrucci||Ducati Team||Ducati||+0.209s||+1.13s||1m40.547s|
|20||Tito Rabat||Avintia Racing||Ducati||+0.709s||+1.839s||1m41.256s|
|21||Valentino Rossi||Yamaha Factory Racing||Yamaha||+0.023s||+1.862s||1m41.279s|
|22||Mika Kallio||Red Bull KTM Tech 3||KTM||+0.547s||+2.409s||1m41.826s|