Fabio Quartararo tops second practice for Thai MotoGP

Fabio Quartararo posted a late flyer to lead FP2 at the Chang International Circuit in Thailand as Yamaha locked out the top three positions.

Quartararo spent most of the session floating around the top five, but joined most other riders in heading out for a final few push laps on new tyres as the 45 minute test came to a close.

Maverick Vinales first deposed long-time leader Marc Marquez from the top spot, banging in a 1:30.597 to beat him by just over two-tenths of a second.

Quartararo then usurped the factory Yamaha’s time on his satellite Petronas SRT machine with a 1:30.404, and unable to improve on his final effort remained the sessions fastest lap.

Vinales therefore had to make do with second ahead of the second SRT M1 of Franco Morbidelli, who at one point looked like he could snatch the top spot.

Jack Miller was the fastest Ducati in fourth position for Pramac, while Valentino Rossi ensured all four Yamaha’s made a top five appearance.

Marquez eventually slipped to sixth, despite his trip to hospital in between FP1 and FP2. The Spaniard suffered a fearsome crash at Turn 7 in the first session of the weekend that meant he had to be helped from the circuit by marshals and then make a trip to the local hoispital for checks.

It transpired that only suffered a few mild contusions, allowing him to remount his RC213-V for FP2. He wasted no time and set the fastest lap of the weekend at that point on only his third flyer, one he would not improve on across the rest of the session.

He decided to complete a race simulation on the same tyres he set his fastest time on, so will-suffice to say- be someone to look out for tomorrow.

Aleix Espargaro managed a strong lap to slot his Aprilia RS-GP in with the seventh fastest time ahead of Andrea Dovizioso, while Joan Mir and Alex Rins rounded out the top ten for Suzuki.

Danilo Petrucci was 11th on the second factory Ducati GP19, while Cal Crutchlow continued to struggle for LCR Honda down in 14th-a slight improvement on his 18th finishing position this morning.

KTM continued to struggle as the injured Pol Espargaro managed the most competitive showing in 15th, with Mika Kallio trailing Jorge Lorenzo in 21st.  

Thailand - Practice 2

Pos Driver Team Time Gap
1 Flag   Fabio Quartararo Petronas Yamaha SRT 1:30.404
2 Flag   Maverick Vinales Monster Energy Yamaha 1:30.597 0.193
3 Flag   Franco Morbidelli Petronas Yamaha SRT 1:30.625 0.221
4 Flag   Jack Miller Alma Pramac Racing 1:30.698 0.294
5 Flag   Valentino Rossi Monster Energy Yamaha 1:30.733 0.329
6 Flag   Marc Marquez Repsol Honda Team 1:30.891 0.487
7 Flag   Aleix Espargaro Aprilia Racing Gresini 1:31.007 0.603
8 Flag   Andrea Dovizioso Mission Winnow Ducati 1:31.027 0.623
9 Flag   Joan Mir Team Suzuki Ecstar 1:31.086 0.682
10 Flag   Alex Rins Team Suzuki Ecstar 1:31.094 0.690
11 Flag   Danilo Petrucci Mission Winnow Ducati 1:31.115 0.711
12 Flag   Francesco Bagnaia Alma Pramac Racing 1:31.154 0.750
13 Flag   Cal Crutchlow LCR Honda 1:31.344 0.940
14 Flag   Takaaki Nakagami LCR Honda 1:31.424 1.020
15 Flag   Pol Espargaro Red Bull KTM Factory 1:31.499 1.095
16 Flag   Andrea Iannone Aprilia Racing Gresini 1:31.512 1.108
17 Flag   Karel Abraham Reale Avintia Racing 1:31.588 1.184
18 Flag   Tito Rabat Reale Avintia Racing 1:31.932 1.528
19 Flag   Miguel Oliviera Red Bull KTM Tech 3 1:31.936 1.532
20 Flag   Jorge Lorenzo Repsol Honda Team 1:31.949 1.545
21 Flag   Mika Kallio Red Bull KTM Factory 1:31.991 1.587
22 Flag   Hafizh Syahrin Red Bull KTM Tech 3 1:32.584 2.180