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MotoGP Italy: Dovizioso topples Marquez to hold sway in FP2

Ducati's Andrea Dovizioso knocks Repsol Honda's Marc Marquez off top spot late in FP2 to continue Friday dominance of Italian MotoGP at Mugello.
Andrea Dovizioso remained rooted to the top spot following FP2 at Mugello in Italy, knocking Repsol Honda's Marc Marquez back to second place two minutes from the finish to repeat his FP1 feat.

Dovizioso improved his time from the morning session as he upped the tempo with a lap in 1m 47.479s to better MotoGP world champion Marquez's 2013 lap record of 1m 47.639.

Marquez, who still seems less than pleased with the handling of his RC213V at the legendary Italian track, was 0.164s adrift.

The consistent Jorge Lorenzo slotted into third on his Movistar Yamaha with a time of 1m 47.852s, which left him 0.373s behind Dovizioso, who managed his provisional pole lap using the medium rear tyre on the GP15.

Championship leader Valentino Rossi dropped down the order to ninth position after a mistake at turn 1 saw the Movistar Yamaha rider take to the gravel. Rossi had been running as high as second place early in FP2 but missed the chance to improve his time after his mistake in the closing stages of the session.

Andrea Iannone was fourth fastest on the Ducati GP15 as the Italian headed British pair Bradley Smith (Monster Yamaha Tech 3) and Cal Crutchlow (CWM LCR Honda), while Suzuki's Aleix Espargaro was an excellent seventh on the GSX-RR as the Spaniard continues to ride through the pain barrier after surgery on his right thumb following his big off at Le Mans.

Scott Redding impressed again, finishing FP2 in eighth place after ending the morning session in seventh on the EG 0,0 Marc VDS Honda, setting a best time of 1m 48.614s as he finished 0.685s down on Dovizioso's benchmark.

Pol Espargaro completed the top ten on the Monster Yamaha Tech 3 M1 behind Rossi, with Ducati test rider Michele Pirro in 11th as he prepares for his first race on the GP15 machine this year as a wild-card entry at Mugello.

Danilo Petrucci (Octo Pramac Ducati) was 12th ahead of Dani Pedrosa, who is struggling for a fast time on the second of the Repsol Hondas, ending day one 0.956s off the fastest time.

Yonny Hernandez (Octo Pramac Ducati) and Suzuki's Maverick Vinales completed the top 15 with Stefan Bradl finishing as the leading Open class rider on the Forward Yamaha after a lap in 1m 48.694s.

Hector Barbera, who set a new speed record at Mugello after being clocked at 217.8mph on the Avintia Racing Ducati GP14, was 18th ahead of Jack Miller (CWM LCR Honda).

Eugene Laverty finished ahead of his Aspar Honda team-mate Nicky Hayden in 23rd despite coming off unhurt at turn 1.

Free Practice 2:
1. Andrea Dovizioso
2. Marc Marquez
3. Jorge Lorenzo
4. Andrea Iannone
5. Bradley Smith
6. Cal Crutchlow
7. Aleix Espargaro
8. Scott Redding
9. Valentino Rossi
10. Pol Espargaro
11. Michele Pirro
12. Danilo Petrucci
13. Dani Pedrosa
14. Yonny Hernandez
15. Maverick ViƱales
16. Stefan Bradl
17. Karel Abraham
18. Hector Barbera
19. Jack Miller
20. Mike Di Meglio
21. Alvaro Bautista
22. Loris Baz
23. Eugene Laverty
24. Nicky Hayden
25. Alex De Angelis
26. Marco Melandri

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May 29, 2015 3:38 PM

I'm lovin it..nice to see Ducati on top we need Suzuki,Aprilla to step up their game. I would love to see a serious challenge against Yam and Hon. Amazing racing if Triumph,Kawasaki and KTM threw their hats in the ring.... Just dreaming.....

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