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Catalunya MotoGP: Zarco edges out Morbidelli in FP2

With the Barcelona circuit having rubbered in some extra since this morning’s FP1 session, the opening levels of FP2 have been pretty frenetic as a number of riders took to the highest of the instances.

Tech3 rider Iker Lecuona – whose MotoGP future past 2021 appears to be like doubtful – 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 firstly of FP2 and edged forward of Mir with a 1m40.146s on the manufacturing unit Honda.

Group-mate Marc Marquez took a short journey to the highest of the standings with a 1m40.120s, 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 laborious 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 levels as a interval of race preparation halted any main timesheet modifications.

Franco Morbidelli, Petronas Yamaha SRT

Franco Morbidelli, Petronas Yamaha SRT

Picture by: Gold and Goose / Motorsport Images

The SRT rider’s lap was lastly toppled with simply over a minute remaining when Brad Binder – who has secured his KTM future by means of to the top 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.

But it surely wouldn’t be sufficient to finish the session quickest, as Zarco discovered zero.021s on his ultimate lap to complete high with a 1m39.235s.

Trailing Zarco and Morbidelli was Quartararo on the works workforce Yamaha, with Binder fourth on the chequered flag forward of manufacturing unit workforce Ducati rider Francesco Bagnaia.

Maverick Vinales accomplished the highest six on his manufacturing unit Yamaha forward of the sister works workforce Ducati of Jack Miller and a powerful 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 levels.

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.

Catalunya MotoGP FP2 outcomes

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