2020 Brno MotoGP FP2 Result: Quartararo The Conqueror

A hot slippery surface greeted the premier class on their return to action in Brno and it made for some lively footage throughout FP2 but the outcome was a familiar one, namely Fabio Quartararo stealing the limelight from teammate Franco Morbidelli. The Frenchman shook his fists in anger every now and again but still ended the day seven thousandths of a second faster than the rest and with excellent race pace. Morbidelli briefly led the way before getting demoted but maintained second ahead of top KTM rider Miguel Oliveira.

Johann Zarco also showed his speed in the final time attack to climb into fourth as the top Ducati, while Maverick Vinales rounded out the top five, only a tenth and a half slower than the Petronas machines. Joan Mir was the early leader of the practice session but could not improve much more and dropped to sixth, ahead of the Espargaro family, Aleix leading Pol in a rather rare sight. FP1 leader Takaaki Nakagami could not quite replicate that achievement but secured a provisional top ten together with Jack Miller.

Despite being only seven tenths of a second off the leader, exceptional rookie Brad Binder missed out on top ten positions and will aim to snatch a direct Q2 ticket on Saturday morning, but the likes of Valentino Rossi, Alex Rins, Danilo Petrucci and Andrea Dovizioso will most likely have something to say about that. Unfortunately, one man who does not get a say is Pecco Bagnaia, the Italian missing FP2 while undergoing medical checks after a fast crash in FP1 and is likely to miss the rest of the weekend in Brno with a knee injury.


Pos No. Rider Bike Time Diff Prev
1 20 Fabio Quartararo Yamaha 1'56.502    
2 21 Franco Morbidelli Yamaha 1'56.509 0.007 0.007
3 88 Miguel Oliveira KTM 1'56.550 0.048 0.041
4 5 Johann Zarco Ducati 1'56.583 0.081 0.033
5 12 Maverick Viñales Yamaha 1'56.668 0.166 0.085
6 36 Joan Mir Suzuki 1'56.876 0.374 0.208
7 41 Aleix Espargaro Aprilia 1'57.041 0.539 0.165
8 44 Pol Espargaro KTM 1'57.059 0.557 0.018
9 30 Takaaki Nakagami Honda 1'57.073 0.571 0.014
10 43 Jack Miller Ducati 1'57.109 0.607 0.036
11 33 Brad Binder KTM 1'57.279 0.777 0.170
12 46 Valentino Rossi Yamaha 1'57.290 0.788 0.011
13 42 Alex Rins Suzuki 1'57.354 0.852 0.064
14 9 Danilo Petrucci Ducati 1'57.620 1.118 0.266
15 4 Andrea Dovizioso Ducati 1'57.635 1.133 0.015
16 73 Alex Marquez Honda 1'57.688 1.186 0.053
17 53 Tito Rabat Ducati 1'57.777 1.275 0.089
18 35 Cal Crutchlow Honda 1'57.865 1.363 0.088
19 38 Bradley Smith Aprilia 1'58.161 1.659 0.296
20 27 Iker Lecuona KTM 1'58.378 1.876 0.217
21 6 Stefan Bradl Honda 1'58.424 1.922 0.046
  63 Francesco Bagnaia Ducati      
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Bagnaia out 3 Rounds ish
Broken Tibia

(Dammit!! Really sunk in the gut on this one)

Very critical time to manage pressure and ambition. Attrition to injury is a horrible beast. This season is gladiatorial.

The bikes are moving around a BUNCH. Everything looks like a 2018 KTM.

Newsy bits on the MSMA allowing Yamaha to replace their faulty exhaust sensors have come up sour grapes. KTM brass have overtly said no. Ducati similar. Uh oh! Better have just been the temps, eh? I feel it in my whole body in anticipation for FabQ.

So what is lining up? Dovi slides in to challenge Quartararo anf it comes down to a f*#%ing 6th engine pit lane start over one sensor. While Dovi continues this level of performance. Bagnaia out while contracts are signed.

Luca Marini is in talks w Ducati. The You Know Who is already lined up. Yes, Red has a history of rider relations foibles. Every bit of criticism is warranted regarding Stoner, and a bit more. However, it has been more complex since Gigi.

Did you see Dovi's overt disapproval coming off the bike at the garage ending FP2? Head shake, disdain? While his take on the bike has merit, the personality mis-match here is BIG. He has a great personality! But moving against everything around you constantly via "objectivity" that is quite colored by subjectivity a disaster recipe. It is a constant argument. It becomes utterly personal. Either Dovi breaks through his own limitation independently, or please divorce. It is one of adherence to dominant neurological functioning and a dynamic that is interrelated with.

He is working VERY hard. It is time for him to release Professor Dovi and the brake lever from class being in session. Too much of him is in adversarial struggle, including energy in second derivative struggle with the struggling. "Aha!" breakthrough moments come of non-dominant functioning.

So far comments on the condition of the track surface are extremely bad. Bumps AND slick AND abrasive. It has been what, 15 yrs since a repave? The upcoming safety commission meeting will provide lots of very colorful strong language. So again, like Jerez, we are outside of conventional condition standards. We are going to see LOTS of crashes.

2020 isn't done getting weird

Disappointed! Expletive! Not what anyone wanted to see. Get well soon Francesco Bagnaia. Come back stronger Pecco.

Well done FabQ! Take it easy on those engines.

It is a shame this classic circuit is in poor condition. The result of years of neglect & under-investment afaik.