MotoGP, FP2: Quartararo star performer in Barcelona, Dovizioso 2nd

The French rider precedes the Italian and Nakagami. Pol Espargarò is 4th with the KTM ahead of Bagnaia, Morbidelli, Rossi, and Petrucci. Lorenzo 13th, Marquez 17th

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Second and final round of the MotoGP practice session, where bad weather was averted at the end of the FP2 Moto3 and the race benefited from an entirely sunny round. Temperatures were high, but not very, so the riders were able to concentrate on the soft and medium compounds, with the classic soft - soft for attacking the time in the last minutes.

And it was precisely in the final lap that Fabio Quartararo took first place in the rankings, thanks to a time of 1'40"079. The French rider surprised everyone with a roaring fourth sector, confirming that he had recovered from his recent surgery, resulting in a total of 0.281s faster than Andrea Dovizioso. The rider from Forlì confirmed himself as being fast and precedes an excellent Takaaki Nakagami in a hypothetical first row.

The KTM (despite Zarco's fall) also went well and, in the hands of Pol Espargarò, won 4th, ahead of an equally positive Pecco Bagnaia, who climbed up in the rankings and is about four tenths from the top. N.63 leads a train of Italian riders made up of Morbidelli, Rossi, and Petrucci.

If Franco confirmed his morning results, Valentino, and especially Danilo, have taken an important step forward, closing half a second from Quartararo. Rossi was able to benefit, among other things, from a different exhaust pipe and a slightly smaller tail, a taste of the new features that Yamaha has in store for Monday's Montmelò tests.

Crutchlow and Rins close the top ten (with a fall at Turn 4), while Maverick Vinales and Jorge Lorenzo arrived later, about eight tenths from the top: the Yamaha rider lost his place in Q2, while the Honda rider showed off smaller appendages on his tank improving his time trial (but not enough).

Marc Marquez was only 17th, and the reason was that he mounted the double soft tire for the final time attack, unlike this morning, preferring to work on his pace with a pair of used medium tires. Andrea Iannone, on the other hand, was in trouble, 21st with a second and a half.

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Translated by Leila Myftija

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