Australian GP | Iannone leads the pack in FP2
It was Suzuki of Andrea Iannone who set the pace in Friday's closing session. Danilo Petrucci and Maverick Vinales were right behind, as two tenths covered the top three.
After crashing in FP1 it was Marc Marquez who was straight into 1:29s with an earlier benchmark of 1:29.739, the time was ousted by LCR Honda rider Cal Crutchlow going a 0.123 faster and setting the time to beat for the rest of the session.
With almost a quarter of session passed It was Iannone’s Suzuki who out did Cal Crutchlow’s benchmark by one tenth of a second. Surprisingly his time was set on Medium Front and Hard Rear. So earlier running suggested Medium Front and Hard Rear was the Suzuki’s optimum combo, as both rider looked comfortable on those compounds.
Cold temperature at Siberia was the culprit for everyone’s trouble. Alvaro Bautista earlier in the session lost the biker at T6 without any mistake of his own. Marquez and Rossi also ran wide on the same corner due to cold tires. Nakagami at the end of the session suffered the similar situation at turn 6 and went into the gravel trap to end his session.
Half way through the session top five 5 were: 1) Iannone, 2) Crutchlow, 3) Marquez, 4) Dovizioso, 5) Vinales.
With 12 minutes left on clock, it was Cal Crutchlow who become victim of Doohan’s corner. where we saw multiple crashes in FP1. He was taken to medical center for checkups. The reason behind his crash was again cold tires.
On his second run Marquez had a wobble at Turn 2, which he able to control and went straight into the pits.
It wasn’t until the last minutes when everyone was on soft rear and front, it was Yamaha riders improving their laps and managing to do top 5 times but their efforts were out did by Zarco and Miller slipping them down to P9 and with two minutes to left on the clock Rossi was struggling to stay in top 10.
Vinales managed to do P2 lap behind Danilo Petrucci who just went fastest ahead of Crutchlow.
As the chequered flag fell it was Iannone who eclipsed the time set by Petrucci, after going fastest in Sector 2 and went fastest in Sector 3 as well to snatch the lead.
With times settling down at the end of the session it was Iannone with a lap time of 1:29.131 who was fastets ahead of Petrucci, by 0.160s.
After topping the FP1, Vinales looked good as well and settled at P3, 0.053s ahead of Ducati’s Dovizioso who was further, 0.210s ahead of Cal Crutchlow whose earlier run was good enough to earn him P5.
On tech 3 Yamaha, Zarco finished the session P6, 0.053s ahead of this year’s championship winner Marc Marquez, who was a further 0.110s ahead of Alma Pramac’s Jack Miller.
Completing the top 10 were Alex Rins and Yamaha of Valentino Rossi who was almost 0.9s adrift of his teammate.