2019 Argentina MotoGP FP2 Result: Dovizioso Leaps the Pack

Andrea Dovizioso stormed from mid pack to take the top spot late in FP2 Friday afternoon as many riders saved their best for last as worries about Saturday rain turned Friday into a quasi qualifying session. Close on Dovizioso's heels -- so close, in fact, that he practically was inside the Italian's boots -- was Jack Miller at only nine-thousands of a second back. Miller, who briefly held the top spot, had crashed early in the session but remounted to set his fast lap late.

But the two biggest surprises in a session full of them were Spaniards Marc Marquez and Maverick Vinales -- but for very different reasons.

Vinales finished third in the day's final practice after languishing at the rear or middle of the pack for much of the 45-minute session. But with eight minutes to go, Vinales turned up the wick and quickly dropped into the low 1'39s, finally settling into third, one tenth behind Dovizioso.

For reigning world champion Marquez it was a different story.  The session's end that proved so fruitful for many riders didn't help Marquez who led much of both Friday practices and who, at times, has looked untouchable at Argentina's Termas de Rio Hondo circuit. With five minutes left in FP2, he began a quick, and eventually permanent slide back down the timesheet as Cal Crutchlow (4th), Miller and Fabio Quartararo, (5th), Valentino Rossi (6th) and Alex Rins (7th) pushed him down the order.

No response came from Marquez who is known for last-lap heroics even in practice. Weather for Saturday's remains uncertain. Franco Morbidelli and Takaaki Nakagami rounded out the top 10. The top 20 riders are within one second of each other.


Pos. Num. Rider Bike Time Gap 1st Prev.
1 4 Andrea DOVIZIOSO Ducati 1'39.181    
2 43 Jack MILLER Ducati 1'39.190 0.009 0.009
3 12 Maverick VIÑALES Yamaha 1'39.345 0.164 0.155
4 35 Cal CRUTCHLOW Honda 1'39.346 0.165 0.001
5 20 Fabio QUARTARARO Yamaha 1'39.357 0.176 0.011
6 46 Valentino ROSSI Yamaha 1'39.441 0.260 0.084
7 42 Alex RINS Suzuki 1'39.451 0.270 0.010
8 93 Marc MARQUEZ Honda 1'39.497 0.316 0.046
9 21 Franco MORBIDELLI Yamaha 1'39.503 0.322 0.006
10 30 Takaaki NAKAGAMI Honda 1'39.629 0.448 0.126
11 29 Andrea IANNONE Aprilia 1'39.654 0.473 0.025
12 41 Aleix ESPARGARO Aprilia 1'39.697 0.516 0.043
13 9 Danilo PETRUCCI Ducati 1'39.740 0.559 0.043
14 63 Francesco BAGNAIA Ducati 1'39.799 0.618 0.059
15 36 Joan MIR Suzuki 1'39.946 0.765 0.147
16 44 Pol ESPARGARO KTM 1'39.951 0.770 0.005
17 5 Johann ZARCO KTM 1'39.956 0.775 0.005
18 17 Karel ABRAHAM Ducati 1'39.995 0.814 0.039
19 88 Miguel OLIVEIRA KTM 1'40.006 0.825 0.011
20 53 Tito RABAT Ducati 1'40.110 0.929 0.104
21 99 Jorge LORENZO Honda 1'40.159 0.978 0.049
22 55 Hafizh SYAHRIN KTM 1'40.752 1.571 0.593
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Why in Moto 2 and GP is the field so close? The first 20 riders in Moto 2 and the ENTIRE field (minus one) within ONE second? Isnt this unusual?

Great close field these days (excepting poor Pescau on the poor 2nd KTM, OOF).

Another thing is a very high abrasion odd grip track surface evening out the electronics and handling playing field a bit FOR A LAP OR THREE. Race distance, tire management will be big. (Come on Yamaha, you can do it!). Michelin is nervous.

SOOO dirty off the race line, akin to a drying track in rain if not more so. Where is our tarmac Zamboni? Scrubba scrubba choo choo.

GO DOVI! (And Quartararo again!).

Wow fast, close times. Dovi near the lap record already. Even Karel Abraham is in the 1m39s woohoo!

Aprilias looking good & going quicker, this is nice to see. Can the maniac get some more points?

KTMs closer to the business end, making progress, almost getting there.

Jack Miller goes a second quicker, still 2nd. I hope his race result is better than last year. Although 4th was fine.

I saw the silver fern 43 earlier on MotoMatters, good to see & Jack says "Both of my parents are Kiwis so it was something that hit home to us & with the Australian involved in the shooting I thought it was fitting to show a little bit of respect." Good on ya JackAssen!

Plenty of friendly rivalry between Aussies & Kiwis. But when bad stuff happens we support each other. Please don't mention Rugby. NZ SBK Round 4 this weekend at Circuit Chris Amon, Manfeild north island.

MotoGP.com says MM93 didn’t put on new tires. 0.046 off P1, he’s good. 

But what wasn't clear was if each of the seven riders in front of him were operating on new tires. Still trying to find that out. And yeah, he's always good come qualifying and FP2's eighth isn't that far back time-wise.

The 0,046 seconds is the difference to Rins in 7th. He was 0,316 seconds off P1. Not that it says a lot at this stage...