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MotoGP Austria: Honda's Marquez heads Redding in delayed wet FP2

Posted by On August 10, 2018

MotoGP Austria: Honda's Marquez heads Redding in delayed wet FP2

MotoGP points leader Marc Marquez led Aprilia rider Scott Redding in a wet second practice session in Austria.

orrential rain hit the track a few minutes before the start of FP2, which led to the session being delayed by 15 minutes.

It was still raining heavily when the session did start, and only Alex Rins and Johann Zarco explored the track during the first 10 minutes.

Rins was a long way off Andrea Dovizioso's FP1 benchmark and soon pitted, but Zarco stayed out and did several laps on track.

The rain soon abated and Zarco gradually improved his time, lapping below the 1m40s barrier at the halfway point.

With more riders joining the track, Redding took over the lead, gaining time lap by lap as conditions slowly improved.

The Briton 's best time was a 1m34.538s when he pitted with 13 minutes to go, but he was then demoted by Marquez.

Championship leader Marquez went faster with a 1m33.995s soon afterwards, just before heavier rain started to fall again - preventing anyone else from making an improvement.

Redding ended up second, 0.543s behind Marquez, followed by the satellite Ducati of Danilo Petrucci and factory riders Jorge Lorenzo and Dovizioso.

KTM's Bradley Smith was sixth, beating Suzuki's Rins by 0.015s. Jack Miller (Pramac Ducati) was more than two seconds off the pace in eighth, as the top 10 was rounded out by Cal Crutchlow (LCR Honda) and the leading factory Yamaha of Valentino Rossi.

With nobody able to improve on their FP1 times, Rossi's 11th place from the morning session means he is set to take part in the first part of qualifying if FP3 on Saturday morning is also affected by rain.

The Yamahas of Zarco and Maverick Vinales were only 15th and 20th, while Dani Pedrosa was 23rd and last, 5.9s adrift.

Franco Morbidelli, who was 13th fastest, has been given a three-place grid penalty for "irresponsible riding" and impeding Aleix Espargaro at Turn 2 in FP1.

FP2 times

1Marc MarquezHondaHonda1m33.995s-7
2Scott ReddingApriliaAprilia1m34.538s0.543s13
3Danilo PetrucciPramac DucatiDucati1m34.981s0.986s8
4Jorge LorenzoDucatiDucati1m35.488s1.493s6
5Andrea DoviziosoDu catiDucati1m35.514s1.519s9
6Bradley SmithKTMKTM1m35.970s1.975s8
7Alex RinsSuzukiSuzuki1m35.985s1.990s14
8Jack MillerPramac DucatiDucati1m36.135s2.140s10
9Cal CrutchlowLCR HondaHonda1m36.202s2.207s11
10Valentino RossiYamahaYamaha1m36.327s2.332s14
11Andrea IannoneSuzukiSuzuki1m36.384s2.389s10
12Xavier SimeonAvintia DucatiDucati1m36.950s2.955s8
13Franco MorbidelliMVDS HondaHonda1m37.105s3.110s 10
14Tito RabatAvintia DucatiDucati1m37.296s3.301s10
15Johann ZarcoTech3 YamahaYamaha1m37.361s3.366s14
16Aleix EspargaroApriliaAprilia1m37.552s3.557s5
17Thomas LuthiMVDS HondaHonda1m37.772s3.777s9
18Karel AbrahamAspar DucatiDucati1m37.876s3.881s13
19Hafizh SyahrinTech3 YamahaYamaha1m38.072s4.077s14
20Maverick VinalesYamahaYamaha1m38.174s4.179s8
21Alvaro BautistaAspar DucatiDucati1m38.892s4.897s11
22T akaaki NakagamiLCR HondaHonda1m39.349s5.354s12
23Dani PedrosaHondaHonda1m39.911s5.916s4

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