Portimao MotoGP: Zarco quickest in FP2, Rossi 21st after crash

Lewis Duncan
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The second 70-minute session of the day began as the first finished, with home hero Miguel Oliveira fastest on his Tech3 KTM with a 1m41.802s. 

Just as the Portuguese rider posted that lap, Suzuki’s Alex Rins became the first crasher of the day when he fell at Turn 8 after five minutes of running. 

Aprilia’s Aleix Espargaro was the next runner to go top of the pile with a 1m40.969s, with the likes of Takaaki Nakagami on the LCR Honda, Zarco, Franco Morbidelli on the SRT Yamaha and Honda’s Stefan Bradl going fastest across the opening 15 minutes.

Bradl’s effort of 1m40.584s stood as the benchmark for the next 10 minutes or so, when Oliveira returned to the top of the order with a 1m40.270s.

The Algarve Circuit caught out a couple more riders in the final 40 minutes, with Nakagami crashing at Turn 4 and appearing to hurt his left hand, while Rossi had the same fall around 15 minutes later.

Bradl went fastest again with a 1m40.240s, before Morbidelli guided his Petronas SRT Yamaha to a day-best of 1m40.079s.

Fellow Yamaha rider Maverick Vinales put this time under threat as the session dipped into its final 15 minutes, with the Spaniard producing a 1m39.931s on a set of hard tyres. 

A salvo of flying laps in the closing stages shuffled the order dramatically, with Jack Miller on his Pramac Ducati taking over from Vinales initially with a 1m39.895s.

Zarco pipped his Ducati stablemate with a 1m39.744s, before Vinales fired in a 1m39.664s having switched to fresh soft rubber for a late time attack.

But Zarco had one last sting in his tail and ended the day fastest of all on his year-old Ducati with a 1m39.417s in a field which 0.921s covered the top 18 runners down to Honda’s Alex Marquez. 

Vinales was second with a final effort of 1m39.536s, with Aleix Espargaro completing the top three on his Aprilia ahead of SRT’s Fabio Quartararo and Brad Binder on the KTM. 

World champion Joan Mir was sixth on his Suzuki, heading Ducati’s Andrea Dovizioso, KTM’s Pol Espargaro, Miller and Morbidelli.

, with Nakagami and Oliveira also being dumped down the order. 

, while there will be some concern in the Yamaha camp after Rossi finished Friday 1.862s off the pace down in second-to-last ahead of Tech3 stand-in Mika Kallio. 

FP2 results:

1

France
France

Johann Zarco

Ducati Desmosedici GP19
Ducati Desmosedici GP19

Ducati

1'39.417

2

Spain
Spain

Maverick Viñales

Yamaha YZR-M1
Yamaha YZR-M1

Yamaha

1'39.536

0.119

3

Spain
Spain

Aleix Espargaro

Aprilia RS-GP
Aprilia RS-GP

Aprilia

1'39.645

0.228

4

France
France

Fabio Quartararo

Yamaha YZR-M1
Yamaha YZR-M1

Yamaha

1'39.692

0.275

5

South Africa
South Africa

Brad Binder

KTM RC16
KTM RC16

KTM

1'39.697

0.280

6

Spain
Spain

Joan Mir

Suzuki GSX-RR
Suzuki GSX-RR

Suzuki

1'39.732

0.315

7

Italy
Italy

Andrea Dovizioso

Ducati Desmosedici GP20
Ducati Desmosedici GP20

Ducati

1'39.741

0.324

8

Spain
Spain

Pol Espargaro

KTM RC16
KTM RC16

KTM

1'39.783

0.366

9

Australia
Australia

Jack Miller

Ducati Desmosedici GP20
Ducati Desmosedici GP20

Ducati

1'39.820

0.403

10

Italy
Italy

Franco Morbidelli

Yamaha YZR-M1
Yamaha YZR-M1

Yamaha

1'39.888

0.471

11

Germany
Germany

Stefan Bradl

Honda RC213V
Honda RC213V

Honda

1'39.909

0.492

12

Japan
Japan

Takaaki Nakagami

Honda RC213V
Honda RC213V

Honda

1'39.939

0.522

13

Portugal
Portugal

Miguel Oliveira

KTM RC16
KTM RC16

KTM

1'39.946

0.529

14

United Kingdom
United Kingdom

Cal Crutchlow

Honda RC213V
Honda RC213V

Honda

1'39.966

0.549

15

Italy
Italy

Francesco Bagnaia

Ducati Desmosedici GP20
Ducati Desmosedici GP20

Ducati

1'39.977

0.560

16

Italy
Italy

Lorenzo Savadori

Aprilia RS-GP
Aprilia RS-GP

Aprilia

1'40.085

0.668

17

Spain
Spain

Alex Rins

Suzuki GSX-RR
Suzuki GSX-RR

Suzuki

1'40.213

0.796

18

Spain
Spain

Alex Marquez

Honda RC213V
Honda RC213V

Honda

1'40.338

0.921

19

Italy
Italy

Danilo Petrucci

Ducati Desmosedici GP20
Ducati Desmosedici GP20

Ducati

1'40.547

1.130

20

Spain
Spain

Tito Rabat

Ducati Desmosedici GP19
Ducati Desmosedici GP19

Ducati

1'41.256

1.839

21

Italy
Italy

Valentino Rossi

Yamaha YZR-M1
Yamaha YZR-M1

Yamaha

1'41.279

1.862

22

Finland
Finland

Mika Kallio

KTM RC16
KTM RC16

KTM

1'41.826

2.409

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