2021 Emilia-Romagna MotoGP FP2 Result: Miller Steps Up

After a very wet and dark start to Friday morning, the rain stopped ahead of the second practice session for the premier class, patches of blue sky extended and there was a proper hint of sun. With conditions improving throughout the session, so did lap times, although the track never dried enough for a swap to slick tyres. It did mean that the final couple of minutes became a bit of a rollercoaster on the timing screens, but Jack Miller was unperturbed at the top throughout the entire session. Having led the way quite decisively in FP1, Johann Zarco was slow to go any quicker the second time around but eventually did and climbed back up to second position. Aleix Espargaro turned around a fairly anonymous start in Misano with a late jump to third on the timesheets and was the last rider to post a time within a second of the leader.

Iker Lecuona was the lead KTM rider in fourth place, ahead of colleague Miguel Oliveira, while rookie Luca Marini climbed up to sixth on his final flying lap. Lorenzo Savadori added another Aprilia to the mix in seventh position, while Pecco Bagnaia was a cautious eighth place. Danilo Petrucci continues to enjoy a soaking wet track and it helped him into ninth place, with Jorge Martin completing the combined top 10, a second and a half slower than Miller.

Late attacks from the likes of Espargaro, Marini and Petrucci pushed out of provisional Q2 contention reigning champion Joan Mir, rookie revelation Enea Bastianini and both Marquez brothers, despite all four men being less than a tenth slower than 10th place. Alex Rins and Fabio Quartararo followed them on the timesheets, the Frenchman still struggling to find some pace in the wet conditions.


Pos No. Rider Bike Time Diff Prev
1 43 Jack Miller Ducati 1'41.305    
2 5 Johann Zarco Ducati 1'42.232 0.927 0.927
3 41 Aleix Espargaro Aprilia 1'42.291 0.986 0.059
4 27 Iker Lecuona KTM 1'42.576 1.271 0.285
5 88 Miguel Oliveira KTM 1'42.591 1.286 0.015
6 10 Luca Marini Ducati 1'42.601 1.296 0.010
7 32 Lorenzo Savadori Aprilia 1'42.615 1.310 0.014
8 63 Francesco Bagnaia Ducati 1'42.669 1.364 0.054
9 9 Danilo Petrucci KTM 1'42.775 1.470 0.106
10 89 Jorge Martin Ducati 1'42.809 1.504 0.034
11 36 Joan Mir Suzuki 1'42.842 1.537 0.033
12 23 Enea Bastianini Ducati 1'42.842 1.537  
13 73 Alex Marquez Honda 1'42.879 1.574 0.037
14 93 Marc Marquez Honda 1'42.883 1.578 0.004
15 42 Alex Rins Suzuki 1'42.944 1.639 0.061
16 20 Fabio Quartararo Yamaha 1'43.097 1.792 0.153
17 33 Brad Binder KTM 1'43.237 1.932 0.140
18 51 Michele Pirro Ducati 1'43.413 2.108 0.176
19 44 Pol Espargaro Honda 1'43.470 2.165 0.057
20 21 Franco Morbidelli Yamaha 1'43.585 2.280 0.115
21 12 Maverick Viñales Aprilia 1'43.679 2.374 0.094
22 46 Valentino Rossi Yamaha 1'43.789 2.484 0.110
23 30 Takaaki Nakagami Honda 1'44.075 2.770 0.286
24 4 Andrea Dovizioso Yamaha 1'44.643 3.338 0.568
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All V4s in the top ten. Thanks Mat Oxley.

But not a Honda in the top 12, thank you Texoma. Thought Marc Marquez was good in sketchy conditions? Saving the arm for when it counts perhaps.

Jack and JZ looking good now, hope they go well in the race.

I'm hoping Pecco and the Ducs go well in the race & keep the championship alive for a bit longer. Fabio 16th is fine for me.

Hard to not expect Bagnaia at the front. Quite a challenge for our French kid at Misano 2. Interested in Martin and Bastiannini. Can Aleix bring Black a podium? I sure hope so.

Vale - lots of emotion there obviously. Today, the announcement on 2022 VR46 and Non Bonesaw sponsorship, where was it?! What the heck is going on? Secrecy? Lack of progress? Focus elsewhere by the key people? Is there ANY scrap of information? We are late in the season. Good for them getting on Red bikes at this time. Bastiannini is rising right on cue. This Winter his 2021 bike debut will be impressive. Within Ducati is a most interesting rider battle that brings much intrigue. 

Reaching awareness out towards Winter, I see Blue disappointing and Honda impressing. Yamaha at risk of losing Quartararo will be a frequent 2022 discussion. Orange? Question mark right? Zero idea. Not putting lots of hope into Suzuki, as per the usual narrative. A bit more is coming though! But not enough.

I think we crown a Quarty at Portimao. Very much looking fwd to that race, the track is fantastic. This weekend isn't telling me as much as I hoped yet. Perhaps Saturday we get a view of interesting developments. 

10 yr anniversary of the horrible loss of Marco Simoncelli. That time has flown by! Still appreciating his brave riding and likeable nature. He went through a very challenging period tempering his risky aggression, and to his credit did so. Thinking of his family, Vale and Edwards.

Remy Gardner is rocking it. Enjoyable! KTM, please bring us all another step forward with your MotoGP machine. It is more fun with Orange winning, and you have very promising rider talent. Right now is your time. Take a page from Ducati's workbook on making these Michelins go. Like Pecco does to win Sunday. We also get an interesting rider (Aleix, Martin, Bastiannini) strong in the race.