With the Barcelona circuit having rubbered in some extra since this morning’s FP1 session, the opening phases of FP2 had been pretty frenetic as a number of riders took to the highest of the occasions.
Tech three rider Iker Lecuona – whose MotoGP future past 2021 appears unsure – set the preliminary tempo on his KTM with a 1m40.860s, which world champion Joan Mir on the Suzuki instantly bettered to a 1m40.342s.
Having ended FP1 third quickest, Pol Espargaro picked up the place he left off in the beginning of FP2 and edged forward of Mir with a 1m40.146s on the manufacturing unit Honda.
Teammate Marc Marquez took a short journey to the highest of the standings with a 1m30.120s, earlier than world championship chief Fabio Quartararo took over with a 1m40.006s 10 minutes into the session.
Moments later his Yamaha counterpart Morbidelli – working with the arduous rear tyre – went sub 1m40s for the primary time on Friday with a 1m39.909s on his Petronas SRT-run ‘A-spec’ M1.
Morbidelli’s time went unchallenged till the closing phases as a interval of race preparation halted any main timesheet adjustments.
The SRT rider’s lap was lastly toppled with simply over a minute remaining when Brad Binder – who has secured his KTM future by way of to the tip of 2024 – moved clear with a 1m39.662s.
Binder was quickly pipped by Zarco with a 1m39.446s, earlier than Morbidelli re-established himself on the head of the pack with a 1m39.256s.
However it wouldn’t be sufficient to finish the session quickest, as Zarco discovered zero.021s on his ultimate lap to prime with a 1m39.235s.
Trailing Zarco and Morbidelli was Quartararo on the works staff Yamaha, with Binder fourth on the chequered flag forward of Ducati manufacturing unit staff rider Francesco Bagnaia.
Maverick Vinales accomplished the highest six on his manufacturing unit Yamaha forward of the works Ducati of Jack Miller and a formidable Avintia rookie Enea Bastianini on a two-year-old Desmosedici.
FP1 pacesetter Aleix Espargaro was ninth on the Aprilia forward of the main Honda of Pol Espargaro in 10th.
Marc Marquez slid all the way down to 15th within the order behind KTM’s Miguel Oliveira, who ran as excessive as third within the closing phases.
Mir flew beneath the radar on the only Suzuki this weekend in 16th, whereas Valentino Rossi’s struggles continued on his SRT Yamaha as he ended up 1.6s off the tempo in 19th forward of solely Aprilia rookie Lorenzo Savadori and the returning Jorge Martin on the Pramac Ducati.
Whereas a number of riders ran off monitor on the revamped Flip 10 left-hander, Luca Marini on the Avintia Ducati was the one faller within the session at Flip four.