Ducati factory rider Andrea Dovizioso set the pace in a mainly dry second MotoGP practice at the Red Bull Ring, beating Yamaha’s Maverick Vinales by two tenths.
The track hadn’t fully dried up for FP2 following a heavy shower right after first practice.
Consequently, the first 15 minutes saw little action with only a few riders, led by Avintia Ducati’s Loris Baz, coming out on track.
Then, Honda rider Marc Marquez soon took over the lead and improved a few times to sit first with a time of 1m24.649s, a time nearly identical to Hector Barbera’s FP1 benchmark.
During the final five minutes, Johann Zarco (Tech 3 Yamaha), Jorge Lorenzo (Ducati) and Dani Pedrosa (Honda) all went faster, but Vinales was ahead by the time the chequered flag fell.
However, Dovizioso lowered the benchmark by 0.234s with his final flyer, which was a 1m24.046s.
Vinales ended up second, followed by Pedrosa, Zarco and Lorenzo.
Marquez dropped as low as sixth, the Spaniard nearly crashing at Turn 4 in the late stages as he ran through the gravel.
LCR Honda’s Cal Crutchlow was seventh, the Briton seemingly frustrated with Pramac Ducati rider Scott Redding for impeding.
Aprilia’s Aleix Espargaro, Redding and Aspar Ducati rider Alvaro Bautista completed the top 10.
The second factory Yamaha of Valentino Rossi had another low-key session, as he only finished 12th, narrowly behind top KTM rider Pol Espargaro.
Source : MotorSport