2017 Brno MotoGP FP2 Result: Time To Shine For Dovizioso

After rain fell on and off during the morning practice sessions, a dry line and significant sunshine were visible as the MotoGP class explored the track conditions at the start of FP2. Slicks were immediately judged to be the correct option and eyes quickly turned back to the Ducati garage, a red sheet promising to hide the much anticipated aerodynamic fairing.

Despite the improved conditions, the bulk of riders took their time to join the action, leaving a handful to run laps and dry the track. Sunshine encouraged the rest to leave their garages in the final 30 minutes and a festival of red sectors was unleashed.

The Repsol Honda duo appeared to have the upper hand initially, after the private test they did at the track in recent weeks, Dani Pedrosa leading Marc Marquez at the top of the timesheets, the two joined by Cal Crutchlow’s sister Honda soon after. That wasn’t to last though.

With the weather proving unpredictable in Brno, the final part of the session saw some fast runs to secure a provisional Q2 spot. The Ducatis were the first to spoil the provisional Honda top three, first Danilo Petrucci then Andrea Dovizioso taking over the lead soon after. The factory rider kept top position to the flag, while Jonas Folger sneaked ahead of Petrucci to take second place, despite a handful of cancelled laps due to track limits infringements.

Johann Zarco was also aided into his fourth position by a new set of soft tyres, the Frenchman followed by Hector Barbera and Scott Redding.  Pedrosa ended up as top Honda in seventh position, six tenths behind the leader, closely followed by Crutchlow in eighth spot.

Aleix Espargaro got into the top nine, just ahead of the reigning world champion, Marquez one of the few riders not to put on a new soft rear in the final part of the session, the Honda sticking to the medium option. He narrowly managed to hang on to a top ten spot, a safety feature in case Saturday morning’s weather causes trouble.

Maverick Viñales got as close as eighth hundredths of a second to depose his arch enemy but had to settle for eleventh position, with teammate Valentino Rossi in fourteenth and over a second slower than Dovizioso.

Jorge Lorenzo finally gave the new Ducati fairing a go in the final ten minutes, using it to climb into fifteenth position, two tenths off Rossi.


Pos. Num. Rider Bike Time Gap 1st Prev.
1 4 Andrea DOVIZIOSO Ducati 1'56.332    
2 94 Jonas FOLGER Yamaha 1'56.730 0.398 0.398
3 9 Danilo PETRUCCI Ducati 1'56.751 0.419 0.021
4 5 Johann ZARCO Yamaha 1'56.862 0.530 0.111
5 8 Hector BARBERA Ducati 1'56.864 0.532 0.002
6 45 Scott REDDING Ducati 1'56.905 0.573 0.041
7 26 Dani PEDROSA Honda 1'56.933 0.601 0.028
8 35 Cal CRUTCHLOW Honda 1'56.961 0.629 0.028
9 41 Aleix ESPARGARO Aprilia 1'57.019 0.687 0.058
10 93 Marc MARQUEZ Honda 1'57.209 0.877 0.190
11 25 Maverick VIÑALES Yamaha 1'57.289 0.957 0.080
12 19 Alvaro BAUTISTA Ducati 1'57.314 0.982 0.025
13 44 Pol ESPARGARO KTM 1'57.378 1.046 0.064
14 46 Valentino ROSSI Yamaha 1'57.396 1.064 0.018
15 99 Jorge LORENZO Ducati 1'57.637 1.305 0.241
16 17 Karel ABRAHAM Ducati 1'57.869 1.537 0.232
17 76 Loris BAZ Ducati 1'57.992 1.660 0.123
18 42 Alex RINS Suzuki 1'58.042 1.710 0.050
19 43 Jack MILLER Honda 1'58.179 1.847 0.137
20 29 Andrea IANNONE Suzuki 1'58.194 1.862 0.015
21 53 Tito RABAT Honda 1'58.437 2.105 0.243
22 22 Sam LOWES Aprilia 1'58.638 2.306 0.201
23 38 Bradley SMITH KTM 1'59.382 3.050 0.744


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Very impressed by Pol Espargaro's time. A little concerned about Brad's, on presumably similar machinery, but there will be reasons. With Pol's pace and Brad's intelligence (each has much of both, mind) KTM has a brilliant race and test team combined in one. And the development and track teams are second to none too, in my opinion. So here's a prediction: top 10 first race 2018, podium position by the mid-season break and top two before the season end. And here's a suggestion: why not discuss issues such as this (and the progress of Aprilia) during the next Paddock Pass Podcast? It's the best informed, most insightful MOTOGP discussion there is, but is it time it moved from from telling us what has happened (and in fairness interpreting it brilliantly) to also exploring wider issues? And potential for the future? Just a thought. I'm a huge fan and, frankly,  I'd tune into the Paddock Pass Podcast even if they only ever discussed who looks best in David's hat. 


Welcome back everybody. Great to have the bikes back on track again.

Jorge Lorenzo finally gave the new Ducati fairing a go. Does not seem to have made much difference to JLo99 15th in the dry. I thought the hammerhead design was ugly, but this new design is very, very ugly from front on in the pix I have seen so far! Hope it works. Seems like Petrucci is going to give it a run. from what Julian Ryder says Dovi may not even try the new fairing this weekend? man that thing is ugly! I guess its contrived to get around the rule changes, yet still use as much of last years wings as possible? From 3/4 on at the front it still looks crap. more Manta ray than Hammerhead shark. Yuk

Bring on the racing Enginebicycles!


I thought protrusions were not allowed, bulges are considered OK as they simply look like a fat fairing if you fill in the vents but this fairing doesn't seem to fit this at all.  Funny that JL said it was better after 5 laps but his results certainly don't show this.  Wonder if the Monster Energy Team have started to "worry" about next year when they inherit the Factory Yamaha bikes; could end up making their two podiums (so far) seem like a distant dream.

Ducati Moustachaero the big Tash! if a normal size Moustache is good then a ridiculously big tash must be even better. A Ducati Moustachaero where the fibres are not hair but carbon gotta be good, yes? Imho not the Bella Figura we may prefer to see.