2018 Brno MotoGP FP2 Result: Pedrosa Melts The Opposition

By the time the premier class took to the track for the second time today, Brno was baking hot, with the tarmac sizzling at 50 degrees and prompting plenty of hard tyres to come out of their covers. For most of the session it looked like a Honda washout: Marc Marquez wasted no time in setting the fastest time from the off, Pedrosa soaked in the sunshine and surfed his way into the top two on used tyres and Cal Crutchlow joined them soon after to make it a Honda top three.

The monopoly was broken as soon as the final time attack unfolded but Pedrosa put any attempts to steal the headlines to rest and posted the first and only 1:55 time of the weekend. Danilo Petrucci trailed the Spaniard by a tenth of a second while Alvaro Bautista added another Ducati to the mix in third position.

Hafizh Syahrin also shone, literally and metaphorically, in the familiar conditions and climbed all the way into an impressive fourth position as top Yamaha. Andrea Dovizioso led proceedings only briefly and was demoted to fifth by only two tenths of a second – a time he posted on a hard rear tyre rather than the leader’s soft. In familiar fashion, Maverick Viñales took some time to warm up but finally joined the top six halfway through session. Colleagues Valentino Rossi and Johann Zarco left it even later to make an impression and the Italian eventually snatched seventh position, half a second off the leader, while Zarco was pushed back to ninth by Tito Rabat.

Marquez once again did not bother trying on new shoes for the final time attack and minded his own race pace business on used hard tyres. That saw him slip down the rankings but holding on to that precious final top ten position ahead of the Suzuki duo of Andrea Iannone and Alex Rins. That six tenth gap to his teammate should not be much of an issue once the Spaniard tries on some new rubber on Saturday.

After the early top three placement, Crutchlow fell back to 14th, behind pal Jack Miller and ahead of Jorge Lorenzo. The Spaniard started his afternoon unusually on soft rubber but dropped back to 15th once swapping it for a hard-medium combination, over a second slower than Pedrosa.

Results:

Pos. Num. Rider Bike Time Gap 1st Prev.
1 26 Dani PEDROSA Honda 1'55.976    
2 9 Danilo PETRUCCI Ducati 1'56.099 0.123 0.123
3 19 Alvaro BAUTISTA Ducati 1'56.144 0.168 0.045
4 55 Hafizh SYAHRIN Yamaha 1'56.200 0.224 0.056
5 4 Andrea DOVIZIOSO Ducati 1'56.218 0.242 0.018
6 25 Maverick VIÑALES Yamaha 1'56.392 0.416 0.174
7 46 Valentino ROSSI Yamaha 1'56.480 0.504 0.088
8 53 Tito RABAT Ducati 1'56.521 0.545 0.041
9 5 Johann ZARCO Yamaha 1'56.535 0.559 0.014
10 93 Marc MARQUEZ Honda 1'56.635 0.659 0.100
11 29 Andrea IANNONE Suzuki 1'56.644 0.668 0.009
12 42 Alex RINS Suzuki 1'56.661 0.685 0.017
13 43 Jack MILLER Ducati 1'56.915 0.939 0.254
14 35 Cal CRUTCHLOW Honda 1'57.014 1.038 0.099
15 99 Jorge LORENZO Ducati 1'57.205 1.229 0.191
16 41 Aleix ESPARGARO Aprilia 1'57.417 1.441 0.212
17 44 Pol ESPARGARO KTM 1'57.473 1.497 0.056
18 6 Stefan BRADL Honda 1'57.479 1.503 0.006
19 21 Franco MORBIDELLI Honda 1'57.498 1.522 0.019
20 38 Bradley SMITH KTM 1'57.506 1.530 0.008
21 30 Takaaki NAKAGAMI Honda 1'57.647 1.671 0.141
22 12 Thomas LUTHI Honda 1'57.729 1.753 0.082
23 45 Scott REDDING Aprilia 1'57.941 1.965 0.212
24 17 Karel ABRAHAM Ducati 1'58.127 2.151 0.186
25 10 Xavier SIMEON Ducati 1'58.453 2.477 0.326
26 50 Sylvain GUINTOLI Suzuki 1'58.617 2.641 0.164
Round Number: 
10
2018
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Comments

Dani is going well. That is good to see.

Zarco fastest in fp1, Hafizh SYAHRIN quickest Yamaha in fp2 & the factory M1s not too far behind, Four Yammies faster than MM93, what's their problem again?