|Marquez schools the rest in the rain|
FP1 saw some qualifying simulations as doubts about the weather forecast continued at the Red Bull Ring, and they were proved right as the dry and pleasant conditions of FP1 were a distant memory come FP2. A downpour delayed the session and conditions remained very wet when action continued, with Scott Redding (Aprilia Racing Team Gresini) looking like he was going to end FP2 on top. But Marc Marquez, the best rider in MotoGP, struck back and the Brit was relegated to second…ahead of the familiar trio of Petrucci, Lorenzo and Dovizioso, who also showed great pace in the wet.
“It was a good day for us. This afternoon, we actually had some doubts about going out in the rain, because it should be dry tomorrow afternoon and Sunday. Anyway, we decided to try, and we just did a few laps to check the electronics and a little bit the setup. I immediately felt very good and confident, but the most important thing is that I also had a good feeling this morning in the dry. We knew there was the possibility of rain later but we decided to go on with the same tire, the medium spec, for the entire session, working for the race as we normally do. Tomorrow we’ll try the other tire specs. Sure, the Ducatis are very fast here, especially Dovizioso, but we’re not far off."
Practice 2 Results (Wet)
|3||Danilo Petrucci||Pramac Ducati||Ducati||1m34.981s||0.986s||8|
|8||Jack Miller||Pramac Ducati||Ducati||1m36.135s||2.140s||10|
|9||Cal Crutchlow||LCR Honda||Honda||1m36.202s||2.207s||11|
|12||Xavier Simeon||Avintia Ducati||Ducati||1m36.950s||2.955s||8|
|13||Franco Morbidelli||MVDS Honda||Honda||1m37.105s||3.110s||10|
|14||Tito Rabat||Avintia Ducati||Ducati||1m37.296s||3.301s||10|
|15||Johann Zarco||Tech3 Yamaha||Yamaha||1m37.361s||3.366s||14|
|17||Thomas Luthi||MVDS Honda||Honda||1m37.772s||3.777s||9|
|18||Karel Abraham||Aspar Ducati||Ducati||1m37.876s||3.881s||13|
|19||Hafizh Syahrin||Tech3 Yamaha||Yamaha||1m38.072s||4.077s||14|
|21||Alvaro Bautista||Aspar Ducati||Ducati||1m38.892s||4.897s||11|
|22||Takaaki Nakagami||LCR Honda||Honda||1m39.349s||5.354s||12|