Aprilia’s Aleix Espargaro topped the timesheets at Mugello at the end of FP2 to lead the Italian Grand Prix Friday’s practice, ahead of Ducati’s Francesco Bagnaia.

After finishing second fastest in FP1 on Friday morning, the Spaniard looked to have the measure of the flowing Mugello circuit in the afternoon, however it was Pramac’s Johann Zarco who led the way early on after setting the fastest lap of the weekend — a 1:45.891s.

However, the session was subsequently red flagged after the Frenchman crashed at Turn 4 and strewn gravel all over the racing line at Turn 5, necessitating a swift clean-up by adjacent marshals.

Considering that Saturday’s sessions might experience rain, majority of the riders headed out late after the session was re-started with fresh rubber to try and play their way into the top ten and secure a direct pole shootout spot, with Francesco Bagnaia moving to the top of the tree on a 1:45.940s as he led a swarm of Ducatis on home turf.

Espargaro, on the other hand, would quickly put an end to Ducati’s party, utilising a handy slipstream from Aprilia teammate Maverick Vinales to set the fastest time of 1:45.891s, a time that would remain at the top of the timing pylon until the chequered flag brought the practice to a close.

Following Espargaro were a slew of Desmosedicis, with Bagnaia and Jack Miller finishing second and third on the factory entry ahead of Zarco – who suffered another accident at Turn 12 in the final stages – and Luca Marini’s VR46 machine rounding out the top five.

On his Gresini-run Ducati, Enea Bastianini finished sixth overall, with Brad Binder a remarkable seventh on by far the best-placed KTM — teammate Miguel Oliveira just 15th – the South African narrowly ahead of yet another Ducati driven by Marco Bezzecchi.

With a ninth-place finish, Yamaha’s Fabio Quartararo scraped into the top ten, while Pol Espargaro took tenth place from Jorge Martin at the last moment to round out the top ten. Marc Marquez finished 12th, ahead of Takaaki Nakagami, who failed to improve on his first-place finish.

Suzuki battled throughout FP2, with Alex Rins and Joan Mir finishing 14th and 18th, respectively, with the sister Aprilia of Vinales finishing 17th. Ducati test rider Michele Pirro, finished 20th ahead of Franco Morbidelli’s factory Yamaha and Andrea Dovizioso’s RNF Racing M1 entry.


1^1Aleix EspargaroSPAAprilia Racing (RS-GP)1’45.891s17/19353k
2^1Francesco BagnaiaITADucati Lenovo (GP22)+0.049s17/20351k
3^4Jack MillerAUSDucati Lenovo (GP22)+0.422s16/19348k
4^5Johann ZarcoFRAPramac Ducati (GP22)+0.458s16/17353k
5^5Luca MariniITAMooney VR46 Ducati (GP22)+0.471s15/17344k
6˅1Enea BastianiniITAGresini Ducati (GP21)+0.504s16/17352k
7^10Brad BinderRSARed Bull KTM (RC16)+0.548s18/19354k
8^6Marco BezzecchiITAMooney VR46 Ducati (GP21)*+0.582s17/19350k
9^2Fabio QuartararoFRAMonster Yamaha (YZR-M1)+0.628s18/19346k
10˅2Pol EspargaroSPARepsol Honda (RC213V)+0.727s15/16351k
11^9Jorge MartinSPAPramac Ducati (GP22)+0.738s15/18352k
12^7Marc MarquezSPARepsol Honda (RC213V)+0.767s17/19352k
13˅9Alex RinsSPASuzuki Ecstar (GSX-RR)+0.772s17/17355k
14^4Miguel OliveiraPORRed Bull KTM (RC16)+0.927s18/20350k
15˅14Takaaki NakagamiJPNLCR Honda (RC213V)+0.961s16/17347k
16^7Fabio Di GiannantonioITAGresini Ducati (GP21)*+1.024s18/19348k
17˅11Maverick ViñalesSPAAprilia Racing (RS-GP)+1.162s15/17347k
18˅5Alex MarquezSPALCR Honda (RC213V)+1.260s17/18350k
19˅4Joan MirSPASuzuki Ecstar (GSX-RR)+1.378s8/17354k
20˅4Franco MorbidelliITAMonster Yamaha (YZR-M1)+1.577s19/20344k
21=Andrea DoviziosoITAWithU Yamaha RNF (YZR-M1)+1.692s19/20347k
22^4Remy GardnerAUSKTM Tech3 (RC16)*+1.793s18/18345k
23^1Darryn BinderRSAWithU Yamaha RNF (YZR-M1)*+1.796s14/16347k
24˅12Michele PirroITADucati Test Rider (GP22)+1.835s12/17350k
25=Raul FernandezSPAKTM Tech3 (RC16)*+2.107s18/18347k
26˅4Lorenzo SavadoriITAAprilia Racing (RS-GP)+2.197s3/15347k

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