2017 Sepang MotoGP FP2: Dovizioso fastest, wet or dry

Andrea Dovizioso again led practice at the Sepang circuit in Malaysia Friday with a dominant showing on the wet, 5.5 km track. Dovizioso's 2'11.640 lap left him a half a second clear of championship rival and points leader Marc Marquez (2nd). Jorge Lorenzo seized the third-fastest time -- a mark that still left him a full second off his Ducati teammate's pace.

Dovizioso, who was fastest in three of the four sectors in FP2, must finish the race a minimum of nine points clear of Marquez to keep the championship fight going for the season's final round in three weeks. Maverick Vinales returned from an early-session collision with Hector Barbera to climb into fourth. Danilo Petrucci, typically fast in the wet, improved his postition to fifth, just two-hundredths of a second in front of Valentinio Rossi (6th). 

Alvaro Bautista continued a strong Friday practice with a seventh on his satellite Ducati after a third in FP1. Alex Rins (8th) ended his day as the top factory Suzuki, just in front of teammate Andrea Iannone (9th). Sam Lowes -- on the only Aprilia in the field after teammate Aleix Espargaro's injuries at Philip Island -- completed the top 10. 

 Results:

Pos. No. Rider Bike Time Diff. / Prev.  
1 4 Andrea DOVIZIOSO Ducati 2'11.640    
2 93 Marc MARQUEZ Honda 2'12.166 0.526 / 0.526
3 99 Jorge LORENZO Ducati 2'12.695 1.055 / 0.529
4 25 Maverick VIÑALES Yamaha 2'12.878 1.238 / 0.183
5 9 Danilo PETRUCCI Ducati 2'13.048 1.408 / 0.170
6 46 Valentino ROSSI Yamaha 2'13.071 1.431 / 0.023
7 19 Alvaro BAUTISTA Ducati 2'13.291 1.651 / 0.220
8 42 Alex RINS Suzuki 2'13.416 1.776 / 0.125
9 29 Andrea IANNONE Suzuki 2'13.483 1.843 / 0.067
10 22 Sam LOWES Aprilia 2'13.561 1.921 / 0.078
11 5 Johann ZARCO Yamaha 2'13.648 2.008 / 0.087
12 43 Jack MILLER Honda 2'13.740 2.100 / 0.092
13 17 Karel ABRAHAM Ducati 2'13.760 2.120 / 0.020
14 35 Cal CRUTCHLOW Honda 2'13.872 2.232 / 0.112
15 45 Scott REDDING Ducati 2'14.281 2.641 / 0.409
16 44 Pol ESPARGARO KTM 2'14.287 2.647 / 0.006
17 38 Bradley SMITH KTM 2'14.543 2.903 / 0.256
18 26 Dani PEDROSA Honda 2'14.574 2.934 / 0.031
19 60 Michael VAN DER MARK Yamaha 2'14.938 3.298 / 0.364
20 8 Hector BARBERA Ducati 2'15.163 3.523 / 0.225
21 53 Tito RABAT Honda 2'16.280 4.640 / 1.117
22 76 Loris BAZ Ducati 2'17.627 5.987 / 1.347
 

 

Round Number: 
17
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Comments

Looks like Ducati is on it this weekend especially Dovi! We got an epic race on our hands I hope! I have a feeling Dovi will win the race and Marc will win the championship. That's my prediction!
 

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