The track was still pretty wet to begin with and then rain intensified throughout the second practice session but until the chequered flag brought another downpour, it was nothing too extraordinary for the premier class to contend with. Although the first part of FP2 allowed a trio of riders to improve their best lap times, with Pol Espargaro taking the lead of the session and closing within half a tenth of the overall top time, there was no other chance to threaten Marc Marquez’s FP1 benchmark and many riders chose to sit out the latter part of FP2. With the two Repsol Honda riders occupying the top two positions in both classifications, Andrea Dovizioso climbed into third in the afternoon session but nowhere close to the combined top 10.
After claiming fourth very early on, Pecco Bagnaia grabbed some chunky gravel as a souvenir after taking a surprise tumble at turn three. The Italian rejoined the action in the closing stages, but the conditions did not allow him to do better than fourth, ahead of Jorge Martin. Alex Marquez made his way into sixth position but was two tenths short of the combined top 10, similarly to Franco Morbidelli, who managed to improve in the afternoon session. Maverick Viñales, Takaaki Nakagami and Miguel Oliveira rounded out the top 10 of the session, the likes of Johann Zarco and Marco Bezzecchi missing out due to rapid crashes throughout FP2. Fabio Quartararo kept calmer and ended the day 20th overall, with Rins 21st, but those times are unlikely to mean much come Saturday morning.
|23||49||Fabio Di Giannantonio||Ducati||1:55.571||4.864||0.695|
|Not qualified (Out 105%)|