Rookie Quartararo pips Marquez to the top spot during Free Practice 2 for the Czech Republic MotoGP at Brno.

With rain forecast for Saturday morning, riders pushed especially hard for a top ten place at the end of the session.

All riders set their best lap of the day in FP2.

Rossi suffered a technical problem on his Yamaha, returning to the pits with smoke from the exhaust of his M1.

Suzuki joined Ducati in unveiling their in-season fairing upgrade today.

Jorge Lorenzo is again absent after fractures to his vertebrae at Assen and replaced by HRC test and wild-card rider Bradl, while Suzuki test rider Guintoli has his latest wild-card entry.

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Czech Republic MotoGP - Free Practice (2) Results
Pos RiderNatTeamTime/DiffLapMax
1^17Fabio QuartararoFRAPetronas Yamaha (YZR-M1)*1'55.802s16/18305k
2=Marc MarquezSPARepsol Honda (RC213V)+0.023s15/18311k
3^3Jack MillerAUSPramac Ducati (GP19)+0.269s17/17310k
4˅3Andrea DoviziosoITAMission Winnow Ducati (GP19)+0.269s14/17313k
5˅2Maverick ViñalesSPAMonster Yamaha (YZR-M1)+0.282s8/21305k
6^3Alex RinsSPASuzuki Ecstar (GSX-RR)+0.423s19/19310k
7^1Franco MorbidelliITAPetronas Yamaha (YZR-M1)+0.617s16/16304k
8^7Cal CrutchlowGBRLCR Honda (RC213V)+0.641s15/16312k
9^1Valentino RossiITAMonster Yamaha (YZR-M1)+0.725s16/16303k
10^3Danilo PetrucciITAMission Winnow Ducati (GP19)+0.791s14/17310k
11^10Joan MirSPASuzuki Ecstar (GSX-RR)*+0.818s15/15309k
12^5Takaaki NakagamiJPNLCR Honda (RC213V)+0.860s14/14306k
13˅9Miguel OliveiraPORRed Bull KTM Tech3 (RC16)*+0.930s15/17306k
14^8Stefan BradlGERRepsol Honda (RC213V)+1.074s17/18308k
15^1Aleix EspargaroSPAFactory Aprilia Gresini (RS-GP)+1.156s12/13308k
16˅2Tito RabatSPAReale Avintia Ducati (GP18)+1.255s15/18308k
17˅12Sylvain GuintoliFRASuzuki Ecstar (GSX-RR)+1.296s12/15305k
18^2Andrea IannoneITAFactory Aprilia Gresini (RS-GP)+1.454s14/16307k
19˅12Hafizh SyahrinMALRed Bull KTM Tech3 (RC16)+1.682s17/17307k
20^3Johann ZarcoFRARed Bull KTM Factory (RC16)+1.694s16/16306k
21˅2Karel AbrahamCZEReale Avintia Ducati (GP18)+1.760s13/16309k
22˅11Pol EspargaroSPARed Bull KTM Factory (RC16)+1.990s11/14311k
23˅11Francesco BagnaiaITAPramac Ducati (GP18)*+2.091s14/14307k

Key:
^X Rider is X positions higher than FP1.
= Rider is same position as FP1.
˅X Rider is X positions lower than FP1.
* Rookie.

Fastest FP1 Time:
Andrea Dovizioso ITA Ducati 1m 56.919s

Official Brno MotoGP records:
Best lap:
Marc Marquez SPA Honda1m 54.596s (2016)
Fastest race lap:
Dani Pedrosa SPA Honda1m 56.027s (2014)

By Peter McLaren

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