2017 MotoGP Catalunya – FP2 – Lorenzo On Form…

While the damp weather curtailed any really fast laps in MotoGP’s first practice session at Catalunya, ahead of qualifying and Sunday’s race, it played ball for FP2 – and it was game on.

It was a session where Jorge Lorenzo and his Ducati slotted in behind Marc Marquez’s Honda, albeit almost half a second down from the fastest man.For both of these men, this will give them something to smile about (possibly temporarily…) seeing as both endured torrid weekends at Mugello. Speaking of the Tuscan track, Mugello winner Andre Dovisiozo sneaked into fourth place with fellow Italian podium sitter Danilo Petrucci right behind him.

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A few weeks ago Ducati and Honda tests at the Spanish track, so they’re reaping the rewards while others flounder on day one, with the factory Yamahas of still partially crocked Valentino Rossi and series leader Maverick Vinales in tenth and sixteenth respectively. Jonas Folger however, stuck in a great lap to go third. With Zarco stealing all the rookie thunder right from under him, he needs a few results (even in practice and qualifying) ahead of the Frenchman to prove his worth, even if he is already signed up with Tech Trois for 2018 already.

One more session of practice tomorrow morning, before qualifying begins, when we’ll have a far better idea of the potential race pecking order…

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FP2 – Times
1          Marc Marquez        Honda            1m44.295s
2          Jorge Lorenzo         Ducati             1m44.700s
3          Jonas Folger            Yamaha          1m44.839s
4          Andrea Dovisiozo   Ducati            1m44.883s
5          Danilo Petrucci       Ducati            1m44.890s
6          Tito Rabat                Honda            1m44.922s
7          Johann Zarco           Yamaha         1m45.063s
8          Dani Pedrosa           Honda           1m45.098s
9          Alvaro Bautista        Ducati            1m45.116s
10       Valentino Rossi         Yamaha         1m45.118s
11       Hector Barbera        Ducati            1m45.311s
12       Scott Redding           Ducati            1m45.375s
13       Andrea Iannone       Suzuki            1m45.465s
14       Aleix Espargaro        Aprilia            1m45.554s
15       Loris Baz                   Ducati            1m45.755s
16       Maverick Vinales      Yamaha         1m45.810s
17       Jack Miller                 Honda            1m45.868s
18       Karel Abraham         Ducati            1m45.932s
19       Cal Crutchlow           Honda            1m45.967s
20       Sam Lowes                Aprilia            1m46.682s
21       Pol Espargaro            KTM               1m46.946s
22       Sylvain Guintoli         Suzuki           1m47.002s
23       Bradley Snith             KTM               1m47.892s

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