Spanish MotoGP FP2 Results: Morbidelli top from Quartararo, Binder

Franco Morbidelli is quickest at the end of FP2 in Jerez but Marc Marquez stays quickest on the overall timesheets ahead of the Spanish MotoGP

Brad Binder - KTM

Franco Morbidelli set the pace in second free practice at a toasty Jerez amid spiralling track temperatures which otherwise ensured only one rider improve on their times from a much quicker FP2 session.

Despite slower against the clock, FP2 still marked a strong end to the day for Petronas SRT Yamaha with Morbidelli being followed by his team-mate Fabio Quartararo.

However, such was the difference in lap times, even second fastest for Quartararo was only good enough to lift him from 17th to 15th on the overall classification, putting him under pressure for Saturday’s all-important FP3 session which decided who progresses to Q2.

Completing a very impressive first official day on the ‘job’ was Brad Binder, whose late FP2 lap fired him up to third on the timesheets, while the KTM rider – together with Pol Espargaro and Iker Lecuona – head into the provisional Q2 spots overnight.

Marquez ended up in fourth, though he did suffer his first race weekend tumble of the year, not long after his rookie brother Alex became the first faller of the 2020 season altogether.

Nonetheless, the six-time world champion remains top of the overall pile and in command for FP3, which will crucially decide who progresses to the Q2 directly and who must begin with Q1.

As it stands, Marquez, Maverick Vinales, Cal Crutchlow, Andrea Dovizioso, Joan Mir, Jack Miller, Alex Rins, Pol Espargaro, Iker Lecuona and Binder.

Spanish MotoGP Friday Free Practice Results

Spanish MotoGP Results - Friday Free Practice [Combined]
1Marc MarquezSPARepsol Honda Team1m 37.350
2Maverick ViñalesSPAMonster Energy Yamaha MotoGP1m 37.374
3Cal CrutchlowGBRLCR Honda1m 37.438
4Andrea DoviziosoITADucati Team1m 37.471
5Joan MirESPTeam Suzuki Ecstar1m 37.481
6Jack MillerAUSPramac Ducati1m 37.487
7Alex RinsSPATeam Suzuki Ecstar1m 37.569
8Pol EspargaroSPARed Bull KTM Factory Racing1m 37.712
9Iker LecuonaESPRed Bull KTM Tech31m 37.714
10Brad BinderRSARed Bull KTM Factory Racing1m 37.923
11Johann ZarcoFRAReale Avintia Racing Ducati1m 37.940
12Franco MorbidelliITAPetronas Yamaha SRT1m 37.982
13Valentino RossiITAMonster Energy Yamaha MotoGP1m 38.118
14Takaaki NakagamiJPNLCR Honda1m 38.129
15Fabio QuartararoFRAPetronas Yamaha SRT1m 38.152
16Aleix EspargaroSPAAprilia Racing Team Gresini1m 38.209
17Alex MarquezESPRepsol Honda Team1m 38.212
18Francesco BagnaiaITAPramac Ducati1m 38.338
19Tito RabatESPReale Avintia Racing Ducati1m 38.337
20Miguel OliveiraPORRed Bull KTM Tech31m 38.506
21Danilo PetrucciITADucati Team1m 38.507
22Bradley SmithGBRAprilia Racing Team Gresini1m 38.730