Ducati’s Andrea Iannone was quickest in FP2 at Silverstone on Friday after clocking a blistering lap of 2:01.421 in the dying stages of a fiercely contested second session.
The Italian went out for his final exit using soft-compound Michelin's all round and seemed hell bent on beating the 2:01.721 set by Maverick Vinales.
Despite it being a practice session, Iannone raced like the Championship depended on that lap and went underneath the Spaniard’s Ecstar Suzuki by three-tenths of a second.
Britain’s Cal Crutchlow was the quickest Honda, setting a 2:01.917 on his 13th lap of 15. Crutchlow was ahead of Jorge Lorenzo and Marc Marquez who finished FP2 in fourth and fifth respectively.
It is Marquez of course who leads the Championship standings and he struggled throughout Friday. In the build-up to this weekend's Moto GP he spoke of how important it is for him to remain aggressive despite being at the summit of the overall standings.
It will be fascinating to see how he goes about his business on Saturday but if the Spaniard wants to finish on the podium this weekend, he cannot be as timid as what he was on Friday.
FP3 on Saturday morning will now give riders their final chance to graduate directly to the Q2 qualifying session to fight for the top places on the grid, with the rest heading for Q1 and the chance to fight to move through.
All the times and placings for FP2 can be seen below:
1 Andrea IANNONE ITA Ducati Team DUCATI 2’01.421
2 Maverick VIÑALES SPA Team SUZUKI ECSTAR SUZUKI 2’01.721
3 Cal CRUTCHLOW GBR LCR Honda HONDA 2’01.917
4 Jorge LORENZO SPA Movistar Yamaha MotoGP YAMAHA 2’02.032
5 Marc MARQUEZ SPA Repsol Honda Team HONDA 2’02.240
6 Valentino ROSSI ITA Movistar Yamaha MotoGP YAMAHA 2’02.262
7 Andrea DOVIZIOSO ITA Ducati Team DUCATI 2’02.267
8 Aleix ESPARGARO SPA Team SUZUKI ECSTAR SUZUKI 2’02.364
9 Dani PEDROSA SPA Repsol Honda Team HONDA 2’02.372
10 Scott REDDING GBR OCTO Pramac Yakhnich DUCATI 2’02.533
11 Pol ESPARGARO SPA Monster Yamaha Tech 3 YAMAHA 2’02.573
12 Hector BARBERA SPA Avintia Racing DUCATI 2’02.608
13 Danilo PETRUCCI ITA OCTO Pramac Yakhnich DUCATI 2’02.985
14 Eugene LAVERTY IRL Pull & Bear Aspar Team DUCATI 2’03.118
15 Loris BAZ FRA Avintia Racing DUCATI 2’03.370
16 Yonny HERNANDEZ COL Pull & Bear Aspar Team DUCATI 2’03.380
17 Jack MILLER AUS Estrella Galicia 0,0 Marc VDS HONDA 2’03.631
18 Stefan BRADL GER Aprilia Racing Team Gresini APRILIA 2’03.642
19 Alex LOWES GBR Monster Yamaha Tech 3 YAMAHA 2’03.855
20 Alvaro BAUTISTA SPA Aprilia Racing Team Gresini APRILIA 2’04.400
21 Tito RABAT SPA Estrella Galicia 0,0 Marc VDS HONDA 2’05.196