Aragon MotoGP: Yamaha riders continue to dominate as Vinales tops FP2

Yamaha riders continue to dominate Aragon training
Maverick Vinales was again leading a Yamaha 1-2-3 after winning second practice session for the MotoGP Aragon Grand Prix while no Ducati made it into provisional Q2 spots.
The warmer track temperatures compared to morning practice meant the lap times were almost immediately at FP1 pace, with the Yamaha trio of Vinales, Franco Morbidelli and his SRT teammate Fabio Quartararo taking the top spot.
Vinales set the early pace with 1: 50.688 minutes before Morbidelli defeated him with 1: 49.953 minutes and Quartararo reacted with 1: 49.754 minutes.
After the next volley of laps, Morbidelli took control with a time of 1: 49.162 seconds before diving into the time of 1: 48 minutes for the first time with a time of 1: 48.992 minutes 10 minutes after the session began.
Morbidelli's lap remained unchallenged for the next eight minutes as Suzuki's Joan Mir set an encouraging time of 1: 48.891 minutes.
Warming up the tires has been a problem for Suzuki this season, especially in qualifying, but Mir's lap and his following 1: 48.688 minutes were set at the start of a stint with brand new soft rubber.
A little more than 10 minutes to go, Quartararo returned to the top of the rankings with 1: 48.406 seconds before improving to 1: 48.210 seconds to stay nearly half a second ahead of the field.
A series of personal rounds began as the session moved into the final five minutes as the colder conditions expected for FP3 will make it very difficult to get into the second quarter.
But only Vinales from the factory Yamaha put Quartararo in danger. The Spaniard mastered the field with 1: 47.771 minutes - a lap three tenths faster than that of the FP2 a year ago, when the track temperatures were 14 degrees warmer.
Vinales went through unchallenged to the checkered flag, and Quartararo reduced the advantage of his colleague from the factory team to 0.249 seconds with his final effort of 1: 48.020 seconds.
Morbidelli completed the top three on the 2019 M1, with Mir (below) the top Suzuki finishing in fourth place ahead of best Honda rider Cal Crutchlow on the LCR RC213V.
Yamaha riders continue to dominate Aragon training
Aleix Espargaro took his Aprilia to sixth place ahead of his KTM-mounted brother Pol, while Alex Marquez jumped to eighth place late on his factory Honda.
Takaaki Nakagami (LCR) and Alex Rins from sister company Suzuki completed the top 10, Johann Zarco from Avintia Ducati after a late fall at Turn 2.
He headed team-mate Tito Rabat, leading Ducati GP20 rider Andrea Dovizioso, Pramacs Jack Miller and Le Mans winner Danilo Petrucci, while Francesco Bagnaia (Pramac) finished 19th.
Brad Binder finished 21st on the KTM after crashing at Turn 14 15 minutes into the session. Stefan Bradl also crashed in Turn 12.
Saturday's FP3 sessions for all three classes were postponed by half an hour to allow for safer track temperatures after the MotoGP FP1 was postponed by 35 minutes on Friday morning.
Aragon FP2 result
Item
driver
team
bicycle
gap
1
Maverick Vinales
Yamaha
Yamaha
1m47.771s
2
Fabio Quartararo
Petronas Yamaha
Yamaha
0.249s
3
Franco Morbidelli
Petronas Yamaha
Yamaha
0.447 s
4th
Joan Mir
Suzuki
Suzuki
0.730s
5
Cal Crutchlow
LCR Honda
Honda
0.827 s
6th
Aleix Espargaro
Aprilia
Aprilia
0.899s
7th
Pol Espargaro
KTM
KTM
0.975 s
8th
Alex Marquez
Honda
Honda
1.052s
9
Takaaki Nakagami
LCR Honda
Honda
1.053s
10
Alex Rins
Suzuki
Suzuki
1.068s
11
Johann Zarco
Avintia Ducati
Ducati
1.135s
12th
Tito Rabat
Avintia Ducati
Ducati
1.232s
13
Andrea Dovizioso
Ducati
Ducati
1.244s
14th
Jack Miller
Pramac Ducati
Ducati
1.255s
fifteen
Danilo Petrucci
Ducati
Ducati
1,336s
16
Iker Lecuona
Tech3 KTM
KTM
1,394s
17th
Miguel Oliveira
Tech3 KTM
KTM
1.437s
18th
Bradley Smith
Aprilia
Aprilia
1.487s
19th
Francesco Bagnaia
Pramac Ducati
Ducati
1.717s
20th
Stefan Bradl
Honda
Honda
2.320s
21st
Brad Binder
KTM
KTM
2,473s
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