MotoGP: Oliveira tops FP2 in German heat

Leading the way on the return to the Sachsenring, Miguel Oliveira (Red Bull KTM Factory Racing) was the rider to beat ahead of Fabio Quartararo and Maverick Viñales (Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP) third, with everyone improving their times in comparison to the morning.

Near the top of the order for almost the entirety of the session, Miguel Oliveira continued his stunning form after winning in Barcelona, topping the timesheets in Germany by 0.220s over Fabio Quartararo. The Frenchman, sporting a new throttle housing on his factory Yamaha, was able to improve in the closing stages to depose his teammate Maverick Viñales from the top two. Both of the factory Yamahas put in an impressive time attack at the end and will look to convert that pace into positive Saturday grid slots.

Oliveira leads Quartararo

It was fine Friday for Alex Rins (Team SUZUKI ECSTAR), with the returning Spaniard a solid fourth and top Suzuki, just over half a tenth from Viñales and the top three. Pol Espargaro (Repsol Honda Team) suffered another Turn 3 crash, but he once again bounced back to place the Honda inside the top five, one place higher than fellow Honda rider Takaaki Nakagami (LCR Honda IDEMITSU), with Honda looking strong at the Sachsenring, with two Hondas inside the top six overall.

Friday once again proved positive for Aprilia, with Aleix Espargaro (Aprilia Racing Gresini Team) looking strong and enjoying sporadic periods further up the order. Johann Zarco (Pramac Racing) was eighth after the opening day and top Ducati, ahead of Jack Miller (Ducati Lenovo Team); the Australian proved consistently faster than anyone else in the opening two sectors but couldn’t maintain the pace to complete the overall best lap time. Franco Morbidelli (Petronas Yamaha SRT) completed the top ten and made it three Yamahas inside the top ten, just 0.538s from top spot.

Practice 2 Results

Pos Rider Bike Laps Time Gap
1 Miguel Oliveira KTM 23 1m20.690s 0.000s
2 Fabio Quartararo Yamaha 22 1m20.910s 0.220s
3 Maverick Viñales Yamaha 22 1m21.023s 0.333s
4 Alex Rins Suzuki 23 1m21.077s 0.387s
5 Pol Espargaro Honda 20 1m21.108s 0.418s
6 Takaaki Nakagami Honda 24 1m21.131s 0.441s
7 Aleix Espargaro Aprilia 20 1m21.143s 0.453s
8 Johann Zarco Ducati 20 1m21.181s 0.491s
9 Jack Miller Ducati 22 1m21.192s 0.502s
10 Franco Morbidelli Yamaha 18 1m21.228s 0.538s
11 Danilo Petrucci KTM 22 1m21.282s 0.592s
12 Marc Marquez Honda 26 1m21.291s 0.601s
13 Alex Marquez Honda 25 1m21.293s 0.603s
14 Jorge Martin Ducati 22 1m21.398s 0.708s
15 Brad Binder KTM 23 1m21.426s 0.736s
16 Joan Mir Suzuki 23 1m21.453s 0.763s
17 Iker Lecuona KTM 19 1m21.568s 0.878s
18 Luca Marini Ducati 18 1m21.595s 0.905s
19 Enea Bastianini Ducati 20 1m21.702s 1.012s
20 Lorenzo Savadori Aprilia 22 1m21.878s 1.188s
21 Valentino Rossi Yamaha 24 1m21.968s 1.278s
22 Francesco Bagnaia Ducati 24 1m22.211s 1.521s