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Motorcycles Barcelona MotoGP: Morbidelli fastest in FP2 despite crash

00:10  27 september  2020
00:10  27 september  2020 Source:   msn.com

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Petronas Yamaha’s Franco Morbidelli topped the second practice for the MotoGP Catalan Grand Prix despite an early crash, with Avintia’s Johann Zarco also recovering from a crash to finish second.

a person riding on the back of a motorcycle: Franco Morbidelli, Petronas Yamaha SRT © Gold and Goose / Motorsport Images Franco Morbidelli, Petronas Yamaha SRT

Morbidelli took control of the timesheets in the opening five minutes of this afternoon’s session, setting the initial pace at a 1m41.143s on his ‘A-spec’ Petronas Yamaha.

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The San Marino race winner improved to a 1m40.672s on his follow-up tour, with his next effort of 1m40.573s standing as the benchmark for much of the session.

Morbidelli carried on his run on the medium rear tyre, though it was halted with around 25 minutes of the session left to run after sliding off his Yamaha at the Turn 10 left-hander.

The high wind caused havoc in the preceding Moto3 FP2, and several MotoGP riders were caught out in the first 20 minutes of the session.

Zarco crashed his Avintia Ducati at the Turn 5 left, while Honda’s Stefan Bradl tucked the front of his RC213V going through Turn 2.

Morbidelli’s time was put under threat on Joan Mir’s first flying lap on fresh soft rubber, with the Suzuki rider missing out by 0.062s in the end with under eight minutes to go.

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Valentino Rossi on the factory Yamaha got even closer on his first time attack, guiding his M1 to a lap just 0.002s outside of his protege’s best effort.

Mir lit up the timing screens on his next lap and took his Suzuki to a 1m40.441s to take over top spot.

KTM’s Brad Binder was the first rider to dethrone Fabio Quartararo’s best from FP1 when he fired in a 1m40.008s to lead the field by four tenths at one stage.

But his reign was short-lived, as Morbidelli and Zarco were putting in fastest sectors on their final laps.

Morbidelli put in the best effort, a 1m39.789s to end Friday fastest of all ahead of the Frenchman, who ended up 0.109s off at the chequered flag.

Binder completed the top three ahead of Maverick Vinales on the works team Yamaha and LCR’s Takaaki Nakagami, ensuring three 2019 bikes occupied top five spots.

Mir was shuffled back to sixth ahead of the sister KTM of Pol Espargaro, while Alex Marquez (Honda), Rossi and the second Suzuki of Alex Rins completed the top 10.

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on the timesheets.

FP2 proved difficult for the GP20-mounted Ducati riders, with Jack Miller (Pramac) almost a second off the pace in 11th, while Andrea Dovizioso was 1.3s adrift of Morbidelli in 18th.

Francesco Bagnaia was 20th and Danilo Petrucci 2.4s off the pace in 22nd in last, though only Miller completed a soft tyre run on his GP20 in the end.

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ClaRider BikeTimeGap
1 Franco Morbidelli Yamaha YZR-M1 © Provided by motorsport.com Yamaha YZR-M1 Yamaha 1'39.789
2 Johann Zarco a person riding on the back of a motorcycle: Ducati Desmosedici GP19 © Provided by motorsport.com Ducati Desmosedici GP19 Ducati 1'39.898 0.109
3 Brad Binder a person riding on the back of a motorcycle: KTM RC16 © Provided by motorsport.com KTM RC16 KTM 1'40.008 0.219
4 Maverick Viñales a close up of a motorcycle: Yamaha YZR-M1 © Provided by motorsport.com Yamaha YZR-M1 Yamaha 1'40.208 0.419
5 Takaaki Nakagami a person riding on the back of a motorcycle: Honda RC213V © Provided by motorsport.com Honda RC213V Honda 1'40.412 0.623
6 Joan Mir a close up of a motorcycle: Suzuki GSX-RR © Provided by motorsport.com Suzuki GSX-RR Suzuki 1'40.441 0.652
7 Pol Espargaro a person riding on the back of a motorcycle: KTM RC16 © Provided by motorsport.com KTM RC16 KTM 1'40.474 0.685
8 Alex Marquez a person riding on the back of a motorcycle: Honda RC213V © Provided by motorsport.com Honda RC213V Honda 1'40.478 0.689
9 Valentino Rossi a close up of a motorcycle: Yamaha YZR-M1 © Provided by motorsport.com Yamaha YZR-M1 Yamaha 1'40.502 0.713
10 Alex Rins a close up of a motorcycle: Suzuki GSX-RR © Provided by motorsport.com Suzuki GSX-RR Suzuki 1'40.538 0.749
11 Jack Miller a person riding on the back of a motorcycle: Ducati Desmosedici GP20 © Provided by motorsport.com Ducati Desmosedici GP20 Ducati 1'40.626 0.837
12 Cal Crutchlow a person riding on the back of a motorcycle: Honda RC213V © Provided by motorsport.com Honda RC213V Honda 1'40.754 0.965
13 Aleix Espargaro a person on a motorcycle: Aprilia RS-GP © Provided by motorsport.com Aprilia RS-GP Aprilia 1'40.791 1.002
14 Fabio Quartararo Yamaha YZR-M1 © Provided by motorsport.com Yamaha YZR-M1 Yamaha 1'40.860 1.071
15 Iker Lecuona a close up of a motorcycle: KTM RC16 © Provided by motorsport.com KTM RC16 KTM 1'40.871 1.082
16 Miguel Oliveira a close up of a motorcycle: KTM RC16 © Provided by motorsport.com KTM RC16 KTM 1'41.028 1.239
17 Bradley Smith a person on a motorcycle: Aprilia RS-GP © Provided by motorsport.com Aprilia RS-GP Aprilia 1'41.095 1.306
18 Andrea Dovizioso a close up of a motorcycle: Ducati Desmosedici GP20 © Provided by motorsport.com Ducati Desmosedici GP20 Ducati 1'41.124 1.335
19 Stefan Bradl a person riding on the back of a motorcycle: Honda RC213V © Provided by motorsport.com Honda RC213V Honda 1'41.260 1.471
20 Francesco Bagnaia a person riding on the back of a motorcycle: Ducati Desmosedici GP20 © Provided by motorsport.com Ducati Desmosedici GP20 Ducati 1'41.337 1.548
21 Tito Rabat a person riding on the back of a motorcycle: Ducati Desmosedici GP19 © Provided by motorsport.com Ducati Desmosedici GP19 Ducati 1'41.673 1.884
22 Danilo Petrucci a close up of a motorcycle: Ducati Desmosedici GP20 © Provided by motorsport.com Ducati Desmosedici GP20 Ducati 1'42.257 2.468
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