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MotoGP Portuguese GP: Bastianini tops FP2, Marquez has first Ducati crash

The dusty conditions that affected the morning session had improved significantly for second practice, with lap times improving by over 1.5 seconds. Bastianini set the best pace on his factory team Ducati with a 1m38.057s, leading the way by 0.118s from KTM’s Jack Miller. Marquez completed the top three despite suffering his first race weekend

MotoGP Portuguese GP: Bastianini tops FP2, Marquez has first Ducati crash

The dusty situations that affected the morning session had improved considerably for second observe, with lap occasions bettering by over 1.5 seconds.

Bastianini set the very best tempo on his manufacturing unit workforce Ducati with a 1m38.057s, main the way in which by 0.118s from KTM’s Jack Miller.

Marquez accomplished the highest three regardless of struggling his first race weekend crash of the yr on the Gresini Ducati,  the eight-time world champion sliding off at Flip 5 late on.

Jorge Martin was fourth on the Pramac Ducati from KTM’s Brad Binder, whereas each manufacturing unit Yamahas delivered a shock to rookie sensation Pedro Acosta (Tech3 GasGas) by dumping him out of the highest 10 and into Q1 for qualifying on Saturday.

VR46 Ducati rider Marco Bezzecchi set the early tempo in second observe at a 1m39.996s, earlier than shortly giving solution to team-mate Fabio Di Giannantonio on a 1m39.936s.

Fabio Quartararo on the manufacturing unit Yamaha then moved clear with a 1m39.199s, which stood because the reference lap over 20 minutes earlier than Marc Marquez made his first journey to the highest of the standings with a 1m39.110s just below half an hour in.

Martin and Aprilia’s Maverick Vinales – who was the primary vital improver on recent delicate rubber – deposed Marquez over the following 10 minutes, however the Gresini rider discovered his manner again to the highest of the timesheets with a 1m38.629s with 18 minutes to go.

He adopted this up with a 1m38.559s, earlier than Bastianini produced a 1m38.057s with 12 minutes to go to finish the day on prime.

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Marquez was unable to combat to reclaim his place on the head of the sphere when he crashed firstly of his remaining run.

The Gresini rider acquired free on the way in which into the downhill braking of Flip 5 and slid off, doing so moments after team-mate Alex Marquez crashed at Flip 14.

Marc Marquez held onto third regardless of this behind Miller – who took a tumble earlier within the session – and Bastianini.

Behind Martin and Binder got here Bezzecchi, with Vinales, reigning world champion Francesco Bagnaia (Ducati) and the Yamaha duo of Quartararo and Alex Rins rounding out the highest 10.

The late enchancment for the Yamaha pair meant Acosta missed a spot in Q2 by simply 0.039s, with the Tech3 rider eleventh forward of Di Giannantonio, Alex Marquez (Gresini) and Aprilia’s Aleix Espargaro – who crashed within the closing phases of second observe at Flip 4.

Pramac’s Franco Morbidelli was one other late crasher, which left him in fifteenth, whereas Takaaki Nakagami (LCR) was prime Honda in sixteenth in a tough session for the Japanese model which additionally noticed Luca Marini fall off his bike late on.

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