Argentina MotoGP FP2: 21 Riders Covered by 1 Second

  • FP2 at the Argentina MotoGP saw 21 riders covered by just 1 second.

  • Andrea Dovizioso was fastest.

  • Jorge Lorenzo was in 21st with just 0.978s behind.

Free Practice 2 (FP1) for the Argentina MotoGP class started with dodgy weather but ended with 21 riders covered by just 1 second.

The session started slow, until the pit lane and track burst into life in the last 10 minutes. As rain once again threatens later proceedings, the teams had to exploit the best situation to post the fastest times. Due to the present qualifying format, the best time from any of the three Free Practice sessions counts towards a place in either Qualifying 1 (Q1) or Qualifying 2 (Q2).

Fresh from his win at Qatar, Team Winnows Ducati rider Andrea Dovizioso posted his fastest time of 1m 39.181s. Repsol Honda rider Jorge Lorenzo recorded his best time of 1m 40.159s, 0.978s slower. Dovizioso finished as the fastest rider, Lorenzo was in 21st.

Jack Miller of Pramac Racing impressed again, stopping the stopwatch at 1m 39.190s, just 0.009 second behind Dovi.

Maverick Vinalez put the factory Monster Energy Yamaha perhaps surprisingly in third with a time of 1m 39.345s. Cal Crutchlow of LCR Honda was fourth with 1m 39.346s, and Fabio Quartararo of Petronas Sepang Racing Team rounded out the top five with 1m 39.357s.

It meant that the Top 5 were covered by just 0.176s.

Valentino Rossi, Alex Rins, Marc Marquez, Franco Morbidelli and Takaaki Nakagami filled positions sixth through tenth. Nakagami was just 0.448s behind Dovizioso.

MotoGP FP3 session starts at 9.50 pm tonight, while Q1 behings at 2.05am and Q2 at 2.30am.

Wahid's lust for motorcycles was spurred on by his late-Dad's love for his Lambretta on which he courted, married his mother, and took baby Wahid riding on it. He has since worked in the motorcycle and automotive industry for many years, before taking up riding courses and testing many, many motorcycles since becoming a motojournalist. Wahid likes to see things differently. What can you say about a guy who sees a road safety message in AC/DC's "Highway to Hell."

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