Iannone snatches top spot in MotoGP practice at PI

Daniel Herrero

Friday 26th October, 2018 - 5:25pm

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Andrea Iannone pic: MotoGP.com

Andrea Iannone has finished on top in Friday running at the Michelin Australian Motorcycle Grand Prix with a post-chequered flag flyer in Free Practice 2.

A flurry of fast laps came in the dying stages as riders took on new tyres, with four different riders holding the fastest lap during the final five minutes.

Iannone finished 0.160s ahead of Danilo Petrucci (Pramac Ducati), from Maverick Viñales (Movistar Yamaha)and Andrea Dovizioso (Ducati Team).

Jack Miller (Pramac Ducati) ended up eighth and is provisionally in the top 10 for direct passage to Qualifying 2 tomorrow afternoon.

Dovizioso was first to lay down a real marker on fresh rubber, usurping Iannone with a 1:29.406s in the 42nd minute.

Viñales was next to go to the top of the timesheets, but until Petrucci undercut him by 0.063s barely seconds later.

Iannone saved the best until last by lapping Phillip Island in 1:29.131s on his Suzuki Ecstar machine.

Cal Crutchlow finished fifth-fastest but his participation for the rest of the weekend is under something of a cloud given he was stretchered away from Doohan Corner, where he lay prone, after crashing his LCR Honda inside the final 15 minutes.

Johann Zarco (Tech3 Yamaha) was sixth and Marc Marquez (Repsol Honda) seventh.

Miller, Alex Rins (Suzuki Ecstar), and Valentino Rossi (Movistar Yamaha), rounded out the top 10, and all are currently on-track to start qualifying in the second stanza.

Alvaro Bautista is back in 15th in his outing on a factory Ducati Team entry having crashed in the first 10 minutes of FP2 at Siberia.

He did not reappear thereafter due to his other bike still being afflicted by mechanical gremlins dating back to the first practice session.

Both Marquez and Rossi skated off at the same corner moments later, although they stayed upright.

Injury replacement rider Mike Jones (Nieto Ducati) brought up the rear again but ended up half a second closer to the front than he was in FP1.

MotoGP Free Practice 3 starts tomorrow at 1155 local time/AEDT.

Free Practice 2: Australian MotoGP

Pos Num Rider Nat Team Bike Time Gap 1st/Prev.
1 29 Andrea IANNONE ITA Team SUZUKI ECSTAR Suzuki 1:29.131
2 9 Danilo PETRUCCI ITA Alma Pramac Racing Ducati 1:29.291 0.160 / 0.160
3 25 Maverick VIÑALES ESP Movistar Yamaha MotoGP Yamaha 1:29.354 0.223 / 0.063
4 04 Andrea DOVIZIOSO ITA Ducati Team Ducati 1:29.406 0.275 / 0.052
5 35 Cal CRUTCHLOW GBR LCR Honda CASTROL Honda 1:29.616 0.485 / 0.210
6 5 Johann ZARCO FRA Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Yamaha 1:29.686 0.555 / 0.070
7 93 Marc MARQUEZ ESP Repsol Honda Team Honda 1:29.739 0.608 / 0.053
8 43 Jack MILLER AUS Alma Pramac Racing Ducati 1:29.838 0.707 / 0.099
9 42 Alex RINS ESP Team SUZUKI ECSTAR Suzuki 1:29.918 0.787 / 0.080
10 46 Valentino ROSSI ITA Movistar Yamaha MotoGP Yamaha 1:30.133 1.002 / 0.215
11 55 Hafizh SYAHRIN MAL Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Yamaha 1:30.179 1.048 / 0.046
12 38 Bradley SMITH GBR Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM 1:30.346 1.215 / 0.167
13 26 Dani PEDROSA ESP Repsol Honda Team Honda 1:30.472 1.341 / 0.126
14 44 Pol ESPARGARO ESP Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM 1:30.545 1.414 / 0.073
15 19 Alvaro BAUTISTA ESP Ducati Team Ducati 1:30.734 1.603 / 0.189
16 41 Aleix ESPARGARO ESP Aprilia Racing Team Gresini Aprilia 1:30.736 1.605 / 0.002
17 21 Franco MORBIDELLI ITA EG 0,0 Marc VDS Honda 1:30.787 1.656 / 0.051
18 30 Takaaki NAKAGAMI JPN LCR Honda IDEMITSU Honda 1:30.830 1.699 / 0.043
19 17 Karel ABRAHAM CZE Angel Nieto Team Ducati 1:31.166 2.035 / 0.336
20 10 Xavier SIMEON BEL Reale Avintia Racing Ducati 1:31.275 2.144 / 0.109
21 12 Thomas LUTHI SUI EG 0,0 Marc VDS Honda 1:31.539 2.408 / 0.264
22 81 Jordi TORRES ESP Reale Avintia Racing Ducati 1:31.570 2.439 / 0.031
23 45 Scott REDDING GBR Aprilia Racing Team Gresini Aprilia 1:32.045 2.914 / 0.475
24 7 Mike JONES AUS Angel Nieto Team Ducati 1:33.633 4.502 / 1.588

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