Redding Springs FP2 Surprise in Qatar

Scott Redding moved to the top of the timesheets as the MotoGP form-book appeared to disappear out of the window in FP2 at Losail. The Briton led a Ducati 1-2 ahead of factory rider Andrea Dovizioso while yesterday’s dominant pacesetter Maverick Vinales slipped to fifth after his first crash in Yamaha colours.

After torrential rain earlier in the day, conditions were far from ideal with grip levels much lower than the first session but Vinales remained the man to beat early on, clocking a 1:55.378 to go fastest, albeit a second shy of his FP1 time. His evening took a turn for the worse fifteen minutes in though when the front end of his YZR-M1 folded at turn four and he wouldn’t improve from there.

His benchmark time remained unbeaten until a frantic final four minutes which resembled more of a qualifying session than free practice. Surprisingly, it was the Tech 3 Yamahas that rose to the top with Jonas Folger going quickest, only to be usurped immediately by team-mate Johann Zarco. The last word would go to the Ducati riders though with Dovizioso edging ahead with a 1:55.185, shortly before Redding’s 1:55.085 which ultimately topped the session.

Folger would eventually get the better of Zarco for third while Vinales dropped to fifth, one spot ahead of team-mate Valentino Rossi who showed signs of improvement after a difficult day one. Alvaro Bautista was seventh ahead of Jorge Lorenzo while reigning champion Marc Marquez had a quiet session on his way to ninth, seven tenths slower than he had gone yesterday.


2017 Grand Prix of Qatar: Free Practice 2 Classification

PosRiderConstructorTeamBest Time
145. Scott ReddingDucatiOCTO Pramac Racing1:55.085
24. Andrea DoviziosoDucatiDucati Team1:55.185
394. Jonas FolgerYamahaMonster Yamaha Tech 31:55.208
45. Johann ZarcoYamahaMonster Yamaha Tech 31:55.316
525. Maverick VinalesYamahaMovistar Yamaha MotoGP1:55.378
646. Valentino RossiYamahaMovistar Yamaha MotoGP1:55.414
719. Alvaro BautistaDucatiPull & Bear Aspar Team1:55.581
899. Jorge LorenzoDucatiDucati Team1:55.604
993. Marc MarquezHondaRepsol Honda Team1:55.698
1041. Aleix EspargaroApriliaAprilia Racing Team Gresini1:55.750
119. Danilo PetrucciDucatiOCTO Pramac Racing1:55.760
1235. Cal CrutchlowHondaLCR Honda1:55.828
1343. Jack MillerHondaEG 0,0 Marc VDS1:55.959
1417. Karel AbrahamDucatiPull & Bear Aspar Team1:56.003
1529. Andrea IannoneSuzukiTeam SUZUKI ECSTAR1:56.069
1642. Alex RinsSuzukiTeam SUZUKI ECSTAR1:56.179
1753. Tito RabatHondaEG 0,0 Marc VDS1:56.368
1876. Loris BazDucatiReale Avintia Racing1:56.501
1926. Dani PedrosaHondaRepsol Honda Team1:56.530
208. Hector BarberaDucatiReale Avintia Racing1:56.934
2144. Pol EspargaroKTMRed Bull KTM Factory Racing1:57.116
2222. Sam LowesApriliaAprilia Racing Team Gresini1:57.517
2338. Bradley SmithKTMRed Bull KTM Factory Racing1:58.020