Pol Espargaro led a Honda 1-2 with teammate Marc Marquez in a rainy FP2 for the MotoGP Portuguese Grand Prix, while Ducati’s Francesco Bagnaia crashed.

The Algarve International Circuit near Portimao experienced rain throughout the Friday sessions, with a harder downpour arriving 15 minutes into the 45-minute Free Practice 2.

 The Spaniard set the fastest time of the practice – 1:50.707s – in the early minutes, but further improvements from the field were few and far between as rain continued to drench the Algarve International Circuit.

Espagraro’s performance propelled him to second in the combined timings after finishing 17th in FP1, his tour only 0.051s behind Marquez’s first test gambit, putting the factory Honda team leading and second overall heading into Saturday.

Factory Ducati rider Francesco Bagnaia had already fallen at the Turn 3 right-hander just seconds after setting the quickest time with a 1m51.789s. Bagnaia escaped the spill, but when he returned to the pits, he was photographed picking up a handful of gravel and presenting it to Ducati chief Davide Tardozzi.

Tardozzi later stated that Bagnaia will present the stones to the rider safety commission this evening, citing the size of the gravel at Portimao and the resulting safety issues — a topic that has already been raised.

With a time of 1m50.984s, Honda’s Espargaro relegated Bagnaia from the top of the standings. Espargaro went on to increase his time to 1m50.707s, putting him just over a second ahead of Honda teammate Marc Marquez at one point.

With a 1m51.318s, Marquez clawed back some of the gap, although he was still 0.611s behind. With about 30 minutes remaining on the clock, the rain became more intense, preventing anyone from challenging Espargaro’s record.

Marquez, managed to finished second fastest in FP2 behind his Honda teammate Espargaro, despite being 0.606s slower.

Andrea Dovizioso was third fastest on his RNF Racing Yamaha, but his 1:51.756s was not enough to get him into Q2, given the conditions were worse than in FP1. The Italian was ahead of Francesco Bagnaia, who had a devastating crash at Turn 3 just a few minutes after the green flag was thrown on the test.

On his Pramac Ducati, Jorge Martin finished fifth, ahead of Alex Marquez’s LCR Honda and Franco Morbidelli’s factory Yamaha M1.

In FP2, Maverick Vinales slipped his Aprilia into eighth place, ahead of Takaaki Nakagami’s second LCR RC213-V, and Miguel Oliveira of KTM rounded out the top ten.

Joan Mir and Johann Zarco did not finish in the top ten in this session, after finishing 11th and 12th, respectively, but their achievements in FP1 keep them in the running for a direct-to-Q2 spot.

Meanwhile, midway through the session, Marco Bezzecchi survived a high-speed accident at Turn 9, his Desmosedici sliding out from under him as he navigated the fast left-hander, forcing him to high-side in a similar manner to Nakagami’s FP1 mishap.

Bezzecchi also made through through FP2 unscathed, his FP1 time keeping him in an automatic pole shootout graduation slot overnight.

In the meantime, reigning series champion Fabio Quartararo struggled in the rain, finishing 13th in the second race of the day, barely ahead of current points leader Enea Bastianini.

MOTOGP PORTIMAO, PORTUGAL – FREE PRACTICE (2) RESULTS

POSRIDERNATTEAMTIME/DIFFLAPMAX
1Pol EspargaroSPARepsol Honda (RC213V)1’50.707s5/8328k
2Marc MarquezSPARepsol Honda (RC213V)+0.611s7/8327k
3Andrea DoviziosoITAWithU Yamaha RNF (YZR-M1)+1.049s7/16322k
4Francesco BagnaiaITADucati Lenovo (GP22)+1.082s3/8326k
5Jorge MartinSPAPramac Ducati (GP22)+1.087s5/8325k
6Alex MarquezSPALCR Honda (RC213V)+1.167s5/17330k
7Franco MorbidelliITAMonster Yamaha (YZR-M1)+1.204s6/11318k
8Maverick ViñalesSPAAprilia Racing (RS-GP)+1.218s6/9331k
9Takaaki NakagamiJPNLCR Honda (RC213V)+1.339s5/16329k
10Miguel OliveiraPORRed Bull KTM (RC16)+1.393s5/20324k
11Joan MirSPASuzuki Ecstar (GSX-RR)+1.599s5/9330k
12Johann ZarcoFRAPramac Ducati (GP22)+1.613s5/11329k
13Fabio QuartararoFRAMonster Yamaha (YZR-M1)+1.827s5/10325k
14Enea BastianiniITAGresini Ducati (GP21)+1.875s7/12331k
15Remy GardnerAUSKTM Tech3 (RC16)*+2.258s8/15322k
16Marco BezzecchiITAMooney VR46 Ducati (GP21)*+2.296s7/11324k
17Jack MillerAUSDucati Lenovo (GP22)+2.396s5/12326k
18Aleix EspargaroSPAAprilia Racing (RS-GP)+2.595s5/10329k
19Brad BinderRSARed Bull KTM (RC16)+2.820s7/17325k
20Alex RinsSPASuzuki Ecstar (GSX-RR)+3.620s3/15329k
21Darryn BinderRSAWithU Yamaha RNF (YZR-M1)*+3.678s8/16322k
22Lorenzo SavadoriITAAprilia Test Rider (RS-GP)+4.169s5/10326k
23Fabio Di GiannantonioITAGresini Ducati (GP21)*+4.864s7/15324k
24Raul FernandezSPAKTM Tech3 (RC16)*+5.623s3/9319k
25Luca MariniITAMooney VR46 Ducati (GP22)+7.885s4/7319k

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