Marquez Beats the Rain to Top FP2 in Britain

by Louis Suddaby
Alex Marquez - Silverstone

Alex Marquez set the fastest time in second practice ahead of the British Moto2 Grand Prix although the times were rendered virtually meaningless after a heavy downpour early in the session. Dark clouds had threatened for much of the afternoon but the heavens finally opened after five minutes of running this afternoon, essentially washing out the rest of the day.

With riders only having time for one dry-weather lap before the conditions proved too tricky, the lap times were comfortably slower than FP1, leaving Marcel Schrotter still on top of the combined standings. For the record, Marquez’s 2:10.452 lap to top the session was two seconds slower than the outright fastest lap of the day.

Luca Marini was second fastest, two tenths adrift, with Dominique Aegerter completing the top three ahead of Speed Up’s Fabio Quartararo. Tetsuta Nagashima, sporting a new surfer logo in reference to his spectacular crash in Austria which became a social media hit, took fifth spot ahead of Remy Gardner and championship leader Francesco Bagnaia.

Iker Lecuona, who enjoyed a strong start to the morning session, was eighth ahead of Brad Binder on the Red Bull KTM but Miguel Oliveira’s weekend is still to get off the ground. The Portuguese rider, currently second in the championship, was keen to gain as much track time as possible after his FP1 spill but the change in weather conditions restricted him to wet laps only, and 26th on the timesheets.

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