The premier class was back out to play with race setup under the dizzying sun of Andalucia and top spot was more of a curse throughout FP2. Johann Zarco was an early leader until he crashed out at turn six, while Pol Espargaro dropped it at turn two just after grabbing top spot for the final half of the session, all of this allowing Takaaki Nakagami to swoop in for the final stretch and save Honda’s blushes. The LCR man was a tenth and a half faster than Zarco and Espargaro, with Franco Morbidelli the lead Yamaha this time around, in fourth position.
Maverick Vinales and Fabio Quartararo closely followed their teammate, while both demonstrating, once again, their fine pace around Jerez. Joan Mir was another of the consistently quick men, in seventh spot, while Valentino Rossi snuck back into the top eight on his final lap. Pecco Bagnaia and teammate Jack Miller rounded out the top ten, six tenths off the lead.
Brad Binder started the session in the limelight before dropping slightly to 11th, while Andrea Dovizioso’s 12th spot ahead of teammate Danilo Petrucci made Ducati look a bit lost in the crowd. However, despite the fun names at the top of the standings in FP2, there were no changes to the combined top ten achieved in FP1 and Zarco was the only man to improve his time in the afternoon session but not sufficiently for Q2.