The second practice session for the premier class got hot and hard – hot in terms of track conditions and hard when it came to tyre choice in sweltering Sachsenring. After laying low in FP1, Barcelona victor Miguel Oliveira traded the lead of FP2 with Marc Marquez and ended up on top after acing the time attack in the final five minutes of the session. The KTM man eventually demoted the factory Yamaha duo of Fabio Quartararo and Maverick Viñales, the Frenchman particularly focused on long runs and only joining the top 10 for the time attack. With all three riders showing excellent pace throughout the 45 minutes, it was a tough ask for the recovering Alex Rins to do any better but the Spaniard managed to keep within four tenths of the leader and with pretty solid pace of his own.
After adding another crash at turn 3 to his to-do list on Friday, Pol Espargaro managed to join the top five, narrowly ahead of colleague Takaaki Nakagami. Aleix Espargaro and Johann Zarco were the last riders within half a second of the leader but with Jack Miller not too far back in ninth place. Franco Morbidelli overcame a slow start to his weekend and climbed up to claim a provisional top 10 position.
Having led the way at the halfway mark of the session, Marc Marquez focused on putting both the hard and the medium rear tyre through their paces and skipped the time attack altogether, which saw him demoted from second to 12th in the final minutes of the session. Joan Mir did have a go on soft rubber but it only served him to take 16th place and will join his compatriot in the chase for a top 10 on Saturday morning. The list of hopefuls will also include Danilo Petrucci, Brad Binder and Pecco Bagnaia, the Ducati man ending the session last.