It was a good tanning session for the teams as the hot weather welcomed the riders for afternoon practice. However, the high temperatures did not stop them from chasing a fast lap and improving on the FP1 benchmark even before the qualifying dummy run that ended the session.
Fabio Di Giannantonio showed up late to the party but when he did, he went straight into top position to be the first rider into the 1:57s. Several other followed his lead but the Italian went on to take top honours in the session.
Nicolo Bulega did not get a chance to be top home rider in FP2 but second place was a step up from this morning's achievement. Lorenzo Dalla Porta might not be on top level of fitness but he definitely had a top result for Mahindra, with a third position in FP2.
John McPhee found his way back to the business end of the grid after two challenging weekends, the Scotsman up into fourth, half a second off Di Giannantonio and the last rider to break into the 1:57s. Joan Mir and Jorge Martin were close but not quite there, the Spaniards ending up fifth and sixth fastest, Junafran Guevara making it a trio in seventh place.
Romano Fenati was the first rider to beat his own FP1 time but, eventually, the Italian dropped back to eighth, almost a second down on the leader. Aron Canet had placed quite poorly in FP1 after not putting on new tyres and not chasing a slipstream, but he improved considerably the second time around to finish ninth, ahead of his teammate, Enea Bastianini.
Tony Arbolino was another of the early leaders, the Italian getting pushed back to a still respectable eleventh place.
|1||21||Fabio DI GIANNANTONIO||Honda||1'57.328|
|3||48||Lorenzo DALLA PORTA||Mahindra||1'57.618||0.290||0.239|