2019 Buriram MotoGP FP2 Result: Quartararo Quickest As Yamahas Dominate, Marquez Leads On Race Pace

Fabio Quartararo has topped the second session of free practice for the MotoGP class in Buriram, the Petronas Yamaha rider continuing his run of fastest times at almost every circuit. Quartararo won the final shootout on Friday afternoon to go nearly two tenths of a second quicker than anyone else.

Quartararo led a very strong showing by Yamaha. Maverick Viñales took second on the factory Monster Energy Yamaha machine, just ahead of Quartararo's Petronas teammate Franco Morbidelli. Valentino Rossi ended the session in fifth, the factory Yamaha rider just a few hundredths slower than Jack Miller on the Pramac Ducati, the Australian the only rider to prevent a Yamaha clean sweep.

Marc Márquez ended the session as sixth quickest, in a remarkable display of resilience. The Repsol Honda rider bounced back from a massive crash in FP1, from which he was lucky to escape with just bruising to leg, buttock, and the muscles in his back, to immediately set an impressive time on his third lap out of the box. As is his wont on Friday, Márquez did not use a new tire to chase a fast time, preferring to concentrate on race pace instead.

Aleix Espargaro posted an impressive lap to grab seventh on the Aprilia RS-GP, finishing just ahead of Andrea Dovizioso on the Ducati. Dovizioso's position belies his pace, the Italian running a close second behind Marc Márquez on race pace, just ahead of the Yamaha armada. Dovizioso's time suggests that he is not finding it as easy as he would like to set a single fast lap on the GP19 in Buriram.

The two Suzukis round out the top ten, Joan Mir ending the session ahead of teammate Alex Rins. As everyone improved their time in FP2, the top ten have provisionally made it through to Q2, which could be important if it rains on Saturday, as predicted.


Pos No. Rider Bike Time Diff Prev
1 20 Fabio Quartararo Yamaha 1'30.404    
2 12 Maverick Viñales Yamaha 1'30.597 0.193 0.193
3 21 Franco Morbidelli Yamaha 1'30.625 0.221 0.028
4 43 Jack Miller Ducati 1'30.698 0.294 0.073
5 46 Valentino Rossi Yamaha 1'30.733 0.329 0.035
6 93 Marc Marquez Honda 1'30.891 0.487 0.158
7 41 Aleix Espargaro Aprilia 1'31.007 0.603 0.116
8 4 Andrea Dovizioso Ducati 1'31.027 0.623 0.020
9 36 Joan Mir Suzuki 1'31.086 0.682 0.059
10 42 Alex Rins Suzuki 1'31.094 0.690 0.008
11 9 Danilo Petrucci Ducati 1'31.115 0.711 0.021
12 63 Francesco Bagnaia Ducati 1'31.154 0.750 0.039
13 35 Cal Crutchlow Honda 1'31.344 0.940 0.190
14 30 Takaaki Nakagami Honda 1'31.424 1.020 0.080
15 44 Pol Espargaro KTM 1'31.499 1.095 0.075
16 29 Andrea Iannone Aprilia 1'31.512 1.108 0.013
17 17 Karel Abraham Ducati 1'31.588 1.184 0.076
18 53 Tito Rabat Ducati 1'31.932 1.528 0.344
19 88 Miguel Oliveira KTM 1'31.936 1.532 0.004
20 99 Jorge Lorenzo Honda 1'31.949 1.545 0.013
21 82 Mika Kallio KTM 1'31.991 1.587 0.042
22 55 Hafizh Syahrin KTM 1'32.584 2.180 0.593
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.. Has been very impressive this season. Has he earned a spot in the works yamaha team ? Would be stupid if yamaha does not either give him a spot or upgrades his current to same spec.

But who would have to move from the works team ? :)

He gets a works bike next season in Aqua. 3rd to get updates, doled out as afforded by his team, or Yamaha feels inclined.

THEY SHOULD FEEL MOST INCLINED! Treat him like gold. An honorary 3rd Factory Team rider. Or 2nd. Or, 1st? Hook the kid up. Just like the other 2. Let "someone" sunset with due honors, a quite separate matter.

Or he will Suzuki/Ducati!