From having no answer to a succession of preseason woes, Scott Redding's recent turnaround has been quite remarkable, with the Englishman topping the second MotoGP free practice session at Losail.

Building on a solid final winter test, Redding has been strong throughout the first weekend of the year, and fitted soft front and rear tyres to end FP2 0.1s up on fellow Ducati rider Andrea Dovizioso.

After opting against the fitting of soft compounds on Thursday, the Italian produced a quick late run that was good enough to place second on the time sheets, and crucially, get inside the top overall free practice top ten.

Thankfully, the 3.3-mile circuit had dried out by the time the session got underway after a colossal morning shower had soaked the track. Maverick Vi?ales soon showed grip wasn't a massive issue by lapping in the low 1m 55s early on.

However, the sensation of winter testing soon found himself in trouble. Lapping just ahead of team-mate Valentino Rossi, Vi?ales entered turn four marginally off line. The precarious nature when going off line was evident as the M1 front tucked, leaving Vi?ales sliding on his back, contemplating a first fall of 2017.

As such, he fell down the order in FP2, ending the 45 minutes in fifth, behind both Tech 3 Yamahas. It is quickly becoming commonplace to see Jonas Folger's name at the front, and again, the German was in the mix, ending a fantastic third.

He was backed up by fellow rookie Johann Zarco, who was just 0.062s slower. Their stunning performances once again had Rossi (sixth) in the unfortunate position as the slowest Yamaha, after fitting soft tyres to improve his own precarious situation.

Alvaro Bautista was a solid seventh, ahead of Jorge Lorenzo, whose body language conveyed a man with frustration levels rising by the minute. The Majorcan was more than half a second off the quickest time and skulked out of the garage as soon as he returned.

Like Vi?ales, Marquez didn't fit soft rubber - believed to be worth at least half a second - and as a result finished the session ninth. Not to worry. He remains second on the combined free practice time sheets, behind Vi?ales, thanks to his time in FP1.

Aleix Espargaro rounded out the top ten, with Danilo Petrucci, Cal Crutchlow and Jack Miller closely following.

Other than Vi?ales and Marquez, Dani Pedrosa (19th) was the only other top ten rider that didn't improve his quickest time. Pedrosa remains fifth on the combined time sheets.

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1. Scott Redding
2. Andrea Dovizioso
3. Jonas Folger
4. Johann Zarco
5. Maverick Vi?ales
6. Valentino Rossi
7. Alvaro Bautista
8. Jorge Lorenzo
9.Marc Marquez
10. Aleix Espargaro
11. Danilo Petrucci
12. Cal Crutchlow
13. Jack Miller
14.Karel Abraham
15.Andrea Iannone
16.Alex Rins
17.Tito Rabat
18.Loris Baz
19. Dani Pedrosa
20. Hector Barbera
21.Pol Espargaro
22. Sam Lowes
23.Bradley Smith


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