MotoGP rookie wunderkind Fabio Quartararo edged out multiple champion Marc Marquez for top spot in the second Brno practice this afternoon, coming back from a poor first session which saw him outside the top 15.
Typically, Quartararo came out swinging on his final run at a track on which he hadn’t ridden a MotoGP bike before, setting a 1’55.802 to demote Marquez from the top of the timesheet by 0.023s.
The Repsol Honda man had bagged the fastest time with a 1’55.825 on medium/soft Michelins but didn’t quite have enough for the Petronas Yamaha rider.
Pramac Ducati’s Jack Miller slid into third place with his last lap, setting a 1’56.071 while factory Ducati’s Andrea Dovizioso - sporting a new aero package - matched it exactly but places fourth as his next best lap is slower than Miller’s.
Quartararo, Marquez and Miller began the session evaluating the hard rear tyre on which the Honda man was able to get into the 1’56s while the other two circulated in the 1’57s.
Dovizoso focused on the medium rear and was also circulating in the 1’57s. Monster Yamaha’s Maverick Vinales went to the soft rear early, matching it to a medium front to set his best time of 1’56.084 - good enough for fifth overall - before changing to a hard front for a an 11-lap run.
Ecstar Suzuki’s Alex Rins ran a new aero package - looking not dissimilar to 1970s kitchen cabinet handle - and he chopped and changed between soft and hard rears before setting a 1’56.225 for sixth place.
Franco Morbidelli bagged seventh with a medium/soft combo, lapping at 1’56.419 with Cal Crutchlow in ninth and two tenths further back.
Valentino Rossi caused some consternations when his YZR-M1 went sick early doors but he rode it around the track with smoke pouring out of the back anyway. No meatball flag was shown and closer pitlane inspection revealed no oil had escaped.
The Doctor finished in ninth with a 1’56.527 with close friend Danilo Petrucci taking the last provisional qualifying two spot as rain is expected in the morning for FP3.
If it does come, Rins’ team-mate Joan Mir will miss out by 0.027s as will Taka Nakagami who had been in third place but he crashed before getting a chance to participate in the time attack.
Miguel Oliveira improved on his FP1 time - which had placed him in fifth - but he slipped down to 13th, one ahead of Jorge Lorenzo stand-in Stefan Bradl.
Aleix Espargaro crashed at the start of the session but made it back out to end his day in 15th place. Tito Rabat finished just in front of Suzuki test rider Sylvain Guintoli.
It was not a good session for the works KTM team with Pol Espargaro in 22nd and Johann Zarco in 20th. Pecco Bagnaia’s day got worse as he finished dead last and two seconds off the pace.