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MotoGP Le Mans: Andrea Dovizioso leads Marc Marquez in FP2

Andrea Dovizioso Ducati MotoGP Le Mans 2017

Ducati MotoGP rider Andrea Dovizioso pipped Honda's Marc Marquez to finish on top in second practice for the French Grand Prix.

A storm lashed Le Mans between practice sessions and even though it passed before the afternoon running started, conditions were still wet and lap times did not reach those set in the morning.

As the circuit dried, Pramac Ducati's Scott Redding dominated the first half, improving on all but a handful of his first dozen laps and leading the way.

Times started in the 1m49s but fell quickly, with Redding ultimately turning a 1m42.950s at the halfway mark to sit 1.132 seconds clear of championship leader Valentino Rossi.

Redding's team-mate Danilo Petrucci nearly halved that margin with 20 minutes remaining, bringing it down to 0.750s.

When the Briton eventually finished his run, Petrucci moved to within 0.247s of Redding and then claimed top spot with a 1m42.478s entering the final third of the session.

Petrucci then went quicker again to a 1m41.906s, to be eighth tenths clear as light rain started falling again with 10 minutes to go.

Nevertheless, Dovizioso then improved to slot into second place, 0.795s behind Petrucci, and grabbed top spot with a 1m41.673s inside the final two minutes.

He looked set to improve on his next lap, only to make a mistake at the final corner, but had still done enough to finish 0.043s up on Marquez, who claimed second place with his penultimate lap.

Marquez's team-mate and Jerez winner, Dani Pedrosa languished down the order, only managing to set the 21st-fastest time, 4.131s off the pace.

Petrucci and Redding settled for third and fourth place, both within 0.252s of Dovizioso, Redding having been up halfway through his lap when the chequered flag came out but unable to maintain that pace.

Suzuki's Andrea Iannone vaulted into the top 10 and fifth at the very end, finishing ahead of Aspar Ducati's Alvaro Bautista and practice one pacesetter Jack Miller.

Yamaha pair Maverick Vinales and Valentino Rossi finished eighth and 10th, split by Sam Lowes in an encouraging session for the Aprilia rookie.

Dovizioso's team-mate Jorge Lorenzo was 15th, 2.603s off the pace, one spot ahead of Suzuki stand-in Sylvain Guintoli.

Pol Espargaro's session started in frustrating fashion, overshooting Turn 8 on his outlap and taking to the paved run-off area.

When he reached the verge of the gravel trap, the drop meant his KTM toppled over at low speed in what was the session's only fall, and Espargaro could not get it restarted.

He joined the session on his second bike and finished in 20th place, with team-mate Bradley Smith bringing up the foot of the times.

FP2 TIMES

PosRiderTeamGapLaps
1Andrea DoviziosoDucati1m41.673s20
2Marc MarquezHonda0.043s19
3Danilo PetrucciPramac Ducati0.233s17
4Scott ReddingPramac Ducati0.252s21
5Andrea IannoneSuzuki0.405s20
6Alvaro BautistaAspar Ducati0.952s21
7Jack MillerMVDS Honda1.056s16
8Maverick VinalesYamaha1.221s18
9Sam LowesAprilia1.325s19
10Valentino RossiYamaha1.333s20
11Aleix EspargaroAprilia1.504s16
12Loris BazAvintia Ducati1.577s19
13Cal CrutchlowLCR Honda1.667s14
14Johann ZarcoTech3 Yamaha2.504s21
15Jorge LorenzoDucati2.603s21
16Sylvain GuintoliSuzuki2.899s17
17Tito RabatMVDS Honda3.005s21
18Hector BarberaAvintia Ducati3.401s19
19Jonas FolgerTech3 Yamaha3.446s18
20Pol EspargaroKTM3.949s13
21Dani PedrosaHonda4.131s17
22Karel AbrahamAspar Ducati5.454s9
23Bradley SmithKTM6.028s11

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