Miller stays fastest during Free Practice 2 for the European MotoGP at Valencia, which took place on a damp but drying track, after a wet FP1.

But the big news was that Vinales, third in the world championship (-19 points from Mir), had to use an extra engine (his sixth of the season) this afternoon and must therefore start Sunday's race from pit lane.

The Monster Yamaha said yesterday that he was in trouble with his engines...

Valentino Rossi has travelled to Valencia but is awaiting a second negative Covid result before he can return to action, after missing both previous Aragon rounds due to Covid-19.

Rossi was replaced for Friday practice by GYT Yamaha WorldSBK rider Garrett Gerloff, making his MotoGP debut.

Tech3 KTM's Iker Lecuona has been forced to withdraw from the event and self-isolate after a positive Covid test for his brother and assistant.

Bradley Smith, standing in for Andrea Iannone, has been replaced by fellow Aprilia test rider Lorenzo Savadori for the remaining events.

HRC test rider Bradl is again replacing injured reigning world champion Marc Marquez.

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European MotoGP, Valencia - Free Practice (2) Results
Pos RiderNatTeamTime/DiffLapMax
1=Jack MillerAUSPramac Ducati (GP20)1'32.528s18/18318k
2^10Aleix EspargaroSPAAprilia Gresini (RS-GP)+0.092s20/20317k
3˅1Franco MorbidelliITAPetronas Yamaha (YZR-M1)+0.276s20/20311k
4^7Takaaki NakagamiJPNLCR Honda (RC213V)+0.338s22/22313k
5^2Pol EspargaroSPARed Bull KTM (RC16)+0.424s17/23321k
6^7Alex RinsSPASuzuki Ecstar (GSX-RR)+0.629s21/21323k
7^8Brad BinderRSARed Bull KTM (RC16)*+0.731s19/19315k
8^1Andrea DoviziosoITADucati Team (GP20)+0.764s21/22321k
9^12Fabio QuartararoFRAPetronas Yamaha (YZR-M1)+0.809s24/24314k
10^7Joan MirSPASuzuki Ecstar (GSX-RR)+0.877s24/25318k
11˅1Maverick ViñalesSPAMonster Yamaha (YZR-M1)+0.882s21/21314k
12^6Cal CrutchlowGBRLCR Honda (RC213V)+0.935s21/22320k
13˅5Miguel OliveiraPORRed Bull KTM Tech3 (RC16)+0.955s23/23315k
14˅11Stefan BradlGERRepsol Honda (RC213V)+0.976s22/22318k
15˅1Francesco BagnaiaITAPramac Ducati (GP20)+0.987s22/22321k
16˅11Alex MarquezSPARepsol Honda (RC213V)*+1.042s19/22317k
17˅13Johann ZarcoFRAReale Avintia (GP19)+1.211s23/23313k
18˅12Danilo PetrucciITADucati Team (GP20)+1.247s17/17315k
19˅3Garrett GerloffUSAMonster Yamaha (YZR-M1)+1.579s16/20314k
20=Lorenzo SavadoriITAAprilia Gresini (RS-GP)+3.133s13/17314k
21˅2Tito RabatSPAReale Avintia (GP19)+4.162s20/21313k

* Rookie.

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

Official Valencia MotoGP records:
Best lap:
Marc Marquez SPA Honda1m 31.116s (2019)
Fastest race lap:
Jorge Lorenzo SPA Yamaha1m 29.401s (2016)

By Peter McLaren
 

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