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Hector Barbera fastest in wet MotoGP Sachsenring FP2 with late lap

Hector Barbera Avintia Ducati MotoGP Sachsenring 2017

Avintia Ducati rider Hector Barbera topped the second MotoGP practice session at a wet Sachsenring, beating Marc Marquez by less than a tenth of a second.

A short, sharp shower right before the start of the session forced riders to start on wet tyres.

The field soon started to switch to slicks as the track began to dry, only for another period of torrential rain to arrive and soak the track again.

Marquez was one of a handful of drivers to sneak a lap in on drys before the rain returned and set a 1m29.472s to snatch top spot from Honda team-mate Pedrosa, who had previously led the early stages.

He remained at the top for the majority of the remainder of the session, before the track dried sufficiently to allow riders to make improvements in the last 10 minutes.

Pramac Ducati rider Danilo Petrucci was first to shoot to the top of the times, before Aprilia's Aleix Espargaro and then points leader Andrea Dovizioso demoted him.

Marquez rocketed back to the top of the pile with a 1m28.451s, a time on which he twice improved, but Barbera eventually outpaced him to end the session fastest by 0.063 seconds with a best time of 1m28.115s.

Marquez settled for second ahead of Pedrosa, with he and fourth-place man Petrucci recording identical times of 1m28.468s.

Aleix Espargaro was fifth ahead of LCR Honda's Cal Crutchlow, with Ducati rider Dovizioso best placed of the works Ducatis.

Jonas Folger was eighth, with his Tech 3 Yamaha team-mate Johann Zarco the only rider to crash in the session as he fell during the second rain shower.

Sam Lowes brought a second Aprilia into the top 10 in ninth, ahead of the second works Ducati Jorge Lorenzo.

The factory Yamaha riders had a low-key session, with Valentino Rossi and Maverick Vinales only 15th and 20th.

SECOND PRACTICE RESULTS:

PosRiderTeamBikeTimeGapLaps
1Hector BarberaAvintia DucatiDucati1m28.115s-26
2Marc MarquezHondaHonda1m28.178s0.063s27
3Dani PedrosaHondaHonda1m28.468s0.353s28
4Danilo PetrucciPramac DucatiDucati1m28.468s0.353s27
5Aleix EspargaroApriliaAprilia1m28.527s0.412s23
6Cal CrutchlowLCR HondaHonda1m28.616s0.501s19
7Andrea DoviziosoDucatiDucati1m28.753s0.638s24
8Jonas FolgerTech3 YamahaYamaha1m28.988s0.873s26
9Sam LowesApriliaAprilia1m28.994s0.879s17
10Jorge LorenzoDucatiDucati1m29.017s0.902s20
11Alvaro BautistaAspar DucatiDucati1m29.076s0.961s19
12Pol EspargaroKTMKTM1m29.321s1.206s27
13Loris BazAvintia DucatiDucati1m29.364s1.249s21
14Mika KallioKTMKTM1m29.446s1.331s21
15Valentino RossiYamahaYamaha1m29.549s1.434s22
16Jack MillerMVDS HondaHonda1m29.586s1.471s19
17Karel AbrahamAspar DucatiDucati1m29.774s1.659s18
18Johann ZarcoTech3 YamahaYamaha1m29.927s1.812s26
19Bradley SmithKTMKTM1m29.972s1.857s22
20Maverick VinalesYamahaYamaha1m30.017s1.902s23
21Scott ReddingPramac DucatiDucati1m30.017s1.902s23
22Alex RinsSuzukiSuzuki1m30.342s2.227s21
23Tito RabatMVDS HondaHonda1m30.508s2.393s30
24Andrea IannoneSuzukiSuzuki1m30.559s2.444s20


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