Iannone Takes Over for Ducati in FP2 at Losail


Andrea Iannone set the fastest time of the weekend so far as the leading pack received a major shake-up in second practice at Losail. After the opening session was dominated by Yamaha, Ducati emerged as the team to beat in FP2 with Valentino Rossi and Jorge Lorenzo down in seventh and ninth respectively.

At the start of day two, Repsol Honda appeared to be the team with most work to do but Marc Marquez made immediate progress, breaking into the 1:55s inside the first ten minutes, something he failed to do at any stage on Thursday. The Spaniard briefly led a Honda 1-2 but Iannone changed that with a 1:55.388, fractionally faster than Lorenzo’s benchmark from last night.

The Yamaha’s were conspicuous by their absence in the second session with Lorenzo spending much of the session in the garage while Rossi sent sparks flying, quite literally, when the front end of his YZR-M1 gave way at turn fourteen and only the speedy reactions of the Italian prevented an accident.

In their absence, the top of the leaderboard took on an unfamiliar look with Marquez closing the gap on Iannone, eventually finishing 0.013s adrift in second. The two-time champion was circulating with Scott Redding and the Briton consistently set overall-best sector times, only falling short in the end by a tenth of a second. The Pramac rider ended the session in third, just ahead of Maverick Vinales and Andrea Dovizioso while Dani Pedrosa dropped to sixth, one place ahead of Rossi.

Hector Barbera finished eighth despite failing to better his FP1 time while Lorenzo was ninth after doing the same. Danilo Petrucci, injured hand and all, produced a stand-out performance to round out the top ten but Cal Crutchlow joined his compatriot Bradley Smith in having an accident, losing the front at the final corner and falling to thirteenth.

 

2016 COMMERCIAL BANK GRAND PRIX OF QATAR (FP2 CLASSIFICATION)

PosRiderConstructorTeamBest Time
129. Andrea IANNONEDucatiDucati Team1:55.388
293. Marc MARQUEZHondaRepsol Honda Team1:55.401
345. Scott REDDINGDucatiOcto Pramac Yakhnich1:55.511
425. Maverick VINALESSuzukiTeam SUZUKI ECSTAR1:55.644
54. Andrea DOVIZIOSODucatiDucati Team1:55.721
626. Dani PEDROSAHondaRepsol Honda Team1:55.764
746. Valentino ROSSIYamahaMovistar Yamaha MotoGP1:55.883
88. Hector BARBERADucatiAvintia Racing1:55.919
999. Jorge LORENZOYamahaMovistar Yamaha MotoGP1:55.934
109. Danilo PETRUCCIDucatiOcto Pramac Yakhnich1:56.258
1141. Aleix ESPARGAROSuzukiTeam SUZUKI ECSTAR1:56.293
1244. Pol ESPARGAROYamahaMonster Yamaha Tech 31:56.324
1335. Cal CRUTCHLOWHondaLCR Honda1:56.489
1468. Yonny HERNANDEZDucatiAspar MotoGP Team1:56.558
1576. Loris BAZDucatiAvintia Racing1:56.623
1638. Bradley SMITHYamahaMonster Yamaha Tech 31:56.728
1743. Jack MILLERHondaEG 0,0 Marc VDS1:56.900
1819. Alvaro BAUTISTAApriliaAprilia Racing Team Gresini1:57.012
1953. Tito RABATHondaEG 0,0 Marc VDS1:57.429
206. Stefan BRADLApriliaAprilia Racing Team Gresini1:57.541
2150. Eugene LAVERTYDucatiAspar MotoGP Team1:57.722