2021 Jerez MotoGP FP2 Result: Bagnaia Retaliates

The second outing for the premier class took place under beautiful sunshine in Andalucía and riders set a hot pace at the top of the timing screens. It was the usual contenders at the very top - Yamaha branded for the most part - but in the end it was Pecco Bagnaia's Ducati that blitzed past in the closing stages to claim the lead. Fabio Quartararo reduced the gap from four tenths of a second to less than two but had to make do with second position, ahead of a rapid Aleix Espargaro.

Having held top spot for much of the session, Franco Morbidelli dropped down to fourth, as the final rider to post a time within half a second of the eventual leader. Maverick Viñales made a late jump into the top five, while Takaaki Nakagami led the Honda charge from sixth – although the LCR man briefly threatened top spot too. Miguel Oliveira was the top KTM in the session, ahead of Alex Rins and Johann Zarco, while teammate Brad Binder rounded out the top ten positions in FP2 and on the combined standings.

Honda wildcard Stefan Bradl was the first to miss out on the top ten by only four hundredths of a second andwas faster than Jack Miller and Joan Mir. Marc Marquez was one of the few riders who opted to sit out the late time attack and dropped to 16th on the timesheets, one second off top spot.


Pos No. Rider Bike Time Diff Prev
1 63 Francesco Bagnaia Ducati 1'37.209    
2 20 Fabio Quartararo Yamaha 1'37.387 0.178 0.178
3 41 Aleix Espargaro Aprilia 1'37.646 0.437 0.259
4 21 Franco Morbidelli Yamaha 1'37.704 0.495 0.058
5 12 Maverick Viñales Yamaha 1'37.726 0.517 0.022
6 30 Takaaki Nakagami Honda 1'37.775 0.566 0.049
7 88 Miguel Oliveira KTM 1'37.816 0.607 0.041
8 42 Alex Rins Suzuki 1'37.847 0.638 0.031
9 5 Johann Zarco Ducati 1'37.888 0.679 0.041
10 33 Brad Binder KTM 1'37.896 0.687 0.008
11 6 Stefan Bradl Honda 1'37.939 0.730 0.043
12 43 Jack Miller Ducati 1'37.965 0.756 0.026
13 36 Joan Mir Suzuki 1'38.040 0.831 0.075
14 44 Pol Espargaro Honda 1'38.115 0.906 0.075
15 10 Luca Marini Ducati 1'38.274 1.065 0.159
16 93 Marc Marquez Honda 1'38.295 1.086 0.021
17 9 Danilo Petrucci KTM 1'38.462 1.253 0.167
18 23 Enea Bastianini Ducati 1'38.516 1.307 0.054
19 32 Lorenzo Savadori Aprilia 1'38.594 1.385 0.078
20 73 Alex Marquez Honda 1'38.618 1.409 0.024
21 46 Valentino Rossi Yamaha 1'38.698 1.489 0.080
22 27 Iker Lecuona KTM 1'38.713 1.504 0.015
23 53 Tito Rabat Ducati 1'39.023 1.814 0.310
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Six manufacturers in the top eight places. Yes! Three Yamahas in the top five and the fourth pilot on a factory 2021 machine down in 21st and two places behind Savadori. Uh oh...

It's only Friday, but the mind can't help entertaining it's tendency to draw conclusions. The fat lady persona awareness may have just begun rising up from the floor of the infinitely vast ocean of deep sleep consciousness.

Aleix on the Aprilia! Fast and funky, shapeshifter or broken rear shock? The RS-GP works alright at Jerez. I thought Aleix was going well in fp1 at 1m38.2 then A.Espargaro goes quicker in fp2 1m37.646. More than half a second improvement. Good luck to the team. Savadori is improving as well, not much, 0.036 of a second. Consistent. Savadori was faster than Alex Marquez and Valentino Rossi in both sessions on Friday.

Forza Aprilia! A podium for Aleix? I hope so.

Marc ? We will see, better than 7th at Portimao. only a second off the pace while not pushing. Probably not behind Aleix this race.

Bagnaia! After a few false dawns over several years shall we go ahead and say he has wrapped his head and body around the Red space rocket? It looks like it. He seems very comfortable and confident. Very athletic and dynamic riding style! His gentle demeanor can be misleading. I had started to worry that the incalcitrant heartbreaker of a bike had done him in. Good for you Pecco! 

The Aprilia with A.Espargaro is gorgeous. That second seat and a set of bikes for Gresini are the meteoric rise of note. 

Contrast two people in the circus. One, poor Herve Poncheral who doesn't have either rider even arriving on the pace, and two, Saudi Crown Prince Just Crapped Himself #46. I think Herve is rather stuck as long as he has these tires and those riders, riches to rags from winning with Binder. Better luck next year, hope he gets two fresh kids and likes the front tire. Do or die weekend for 46. Looks done from here. 

"Just resting" Marc is still on the pace. He looks pretty comfortable/normal. Clockwise track has him with lots of time hanging off the right of course. He ran off a number of times on right turns. He isn't as far hung off the bike with his upper body as he used to be. Mind you, the inside leg is doing a lot more that the arm. The outside side is well anchored. But hanging THAT far off asks something of strength of the inside arm. Marc looks a bit more economical and less elbow out. Getting the change of direction into lefts also taxes that right arm, but they are a briefer effort that can be compensated for with body weight and anchoring the outside forearm on the tank. Marc looks focused and working on adjusting his riding style. 

Is Taka going to have another good Round? Or is he pushing over the limit of he and the gravel monster? He doesn't look very consistent nor stable today. Some wobbles, and a few odd lines. I see a crash beckoning. Pol had a few run offs out past the marbles. Bradl looks pretty steady (and chunky, did they have to let his leathers out a few kilos?). Good pace Bradl.

Morbidelli is back. I have been having trouble understanding my estimation of him. He does not rank highly in my estimation, and it looks like an error on my part I can't see. He just doesn't inspire. I hope he proves me wrong sending me soul searching and re analyzing. Odd thing re his bike spec - remember that Quartararo requested that bike (2019 chassis/2021 engine, but with some different bits) and Yamaha quickly gave him a resounding no. Lorenzo or Biaggi may criticize Blue for not pursuing Morbidelli with better kit, but that is GOOD kit. And, exactly what the Petronas folks bought. This is the plan. What is the flaw in it? Which rider in the Aqua garage gets which bike. Which comes down primarily to finances and politics. 

Binder didn't chase a single hot lap this session, and may have something for us tomorrow. Hoping Orange is sorting and developing right now. I think they can. 

I like Fabio Quartararo, and his season looks on track. Cheering both Suzukis to find several 10ths, Mir Q2 in particular. Very much looking forward to Sunday at Jerez.

Ducati, Yamaha, Aprilia ... what is this, an SBK race from a few years ago? Seriously, good to see Aleix up there and Pecco is looking strong again.