Marc Marquez became the first rider to dip into the 1m 54s bracket this weekend as the Repsol Honda star held station at the top of the timesheets during FP2 in Qatar.

Marquez lapped in 1m 54.828s to head a second consecutive Honda one-two at the Losail International Circuit from team-mate Dani Pedrosa, who also bettered his time from FP1 with a lap in 1m 55.275s - 0.447s behind the reigning world champion's benchmark.

Ducati's Andrea Dovizioso slotted into third position as the Italian rider lived up to the promise he showed during the Qatar test, clocking a best time of 1m 55.366s to finish ahead of British rider Cal Crutchlow on the CWM LCR Honda (1m 55.397s).

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Dovizioso used the aerodynamic flaps and wings that Ducati debuted at the Qatar test last week. His team-mate, Andrea Iannone, was fifth quickest in 1m 55.404s but did not appear to use the aerodynamic updates.

Jorge Lorenzo was the top Yamaha rider in sixth with a time of 1m 55.609s, followed by his Movistar team-mate Valentino Rossi (1m 55.618s), who was 0.790s down on Marquez.

Rossi used the harder compound rear tyre earlier in the test but posted his fastest lap after switching to the medium compound, climbing the leaderboard from ninth place.

Mike de Meglio was Friday's surprise package in FP2 as he shot into eighth place as the session neared a conclusion on the Avintia Ducati, lapping in 1m 55.707s, with Monster Yamaha Tech 3's Bradley Smith (1m 55.741s) and Hector Barbera (Avintia Ducati) in 1m 55.838s the top ten.

Suzuki's Aleix Espargaro, who was third fastest in FP1 on Thursday on the GSX-RR using the extra soft tyre, was 11th in FP2, but is eighth fastest on the combined times based on his lap from FP1. Espargaro's Suzuki stopped on the main straight with around two minutes remaining and along with Pramac Ducati's Danilo Petrucci (21st fastest), the pair were the only riders in the top 20 who failed to improve their times from Thursday.

Scott Redding was 16th on the Marc VDS Honda (1m 56.33s), finishing behind Nicky Hayden on the Open class Aspar Honda, who improved his time to 1m 56.086s on the RC213V-RS.

German rider Stefan Bradl, who had been the top Open class rider in FP1, was 18th fastest on the Athina Forward Yamaha (1m 56.181s), one place ahead of MotoGP rookie Eugene Laverty on the second of the Aspar Hondas, who lapped in 1m 56.333s.

Another premier class newcomer, Maverick Vinales, was 14th quickest on the Suzuki in 1m 56.036s behind Monster Yamaha Tech 3's Pol Espargaro (1m 56.044s).