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Mugello MotoGP: Andrea Iannone fastest again in FP2

Andrea Iannone Suzuki MotoGP Mugello 2018

Suzuki rider Andrea Iannone continued his strong Mugello MotoGP form by topping second practice for the Italian Grand Prix, which was interrupted by a major crash for Michele Pirro.

The session was suspended with 29 minutes left on the clock when Ducati wildcard Pirro was launched off his bike on the downhill approach to the first corner, San Donato.

A replay of the incident showed the front wheel of the Desmosedici locking as the rear of the bike went up in the air, before suddenly regaining grip and throwing Pirro high into the air.

Pirro lost consciousness as he hit the ground, but was conscious again by the time he was taken to the medical centre by ambulance. He was subsequently transported to hospital by helicopter.

After a pause of 20 minutes, the session was resumed, only to then be halted again when Andrea Dovizioso's engine blew at San Donato, leaving a trail of oil on track and causing the Ducati to catch fire.

Moments before, FP1 pacesetter Iannone had improved to a best time of 1m47.274s, and shortly after the second stoppage Honda man Marc Marquez moved to the top on a 1m47.218s, recovering from a minor low-side crash at Turn 4 between the two red flags.

That stood as the quickest time until the final three minutes, when Yamaha's Maverick Vinales posted a 1m47.122s, but that was beaten by 0.387s in the dying moments by Iannone's 1m46.735s effort.

Vinales remained second ahead of Marquez, while Johann Zarco and Jack Miller completed the top five narrowly ahead of Cal Crutchlow.

Home hero Valentino Rossi was seventh-fastest on the second works Yamaha ahead of Franco Morbidelli, who ran as high as third before dropping down late on.

The only two GP18 Ducati riders to enjoy a clean session, Danilo Petrucci and Jorge Lorenzo, completed the top 10 ahead of another Honda rookie, Takaaki Nakagami.

Dovizioso was classified 12th after his blow-up, followed by the second Honda of Dani Pedrosa, while Iannone's Suzuki team-mate Alex Rins was a lowly 15th, 1.261s off the pace.

Aleix Espargaro was the lead Aprilia rider in 16th after a late crash at San Donato, while Thomas Luthi suffered his second fall in as many sessions on his way to 23rd.

FP2 times

1Andrea IannoneSuzuki1m46.735s-21
2Maverick VinalesYamaha1m47.122s0.387s23
3Marc MarquezHonda1m47.218s0.483s21
4Johann ZarcoTech3 Yamaha1m47.365s0.630s22
5Jack MillerPramac Ducati1m47.403s0.668s21
6Cal CrutchlowLCR Honda1m47.433s0.698s21
7Valentino RossiYamaha1m47.445s0.710s21
8Franco MorbidelliMVDS Honda1m47.497s0.762s20
9Danilo PetrucciPramac Ducati1m47.569s0.834s21
10Jorge LorenzoDucati1m47.691s0.956s22
11Takaaki NakagamiLCR Honda1m47.901s1.166s22
12Andrea DoviziosoDucati1m47.902s1.167s21
13Dani PedrosaHonda1m47.924s1.189s20
14Hafizh SyahrinTech3 Yamaha1m47.946s1.211s20
15Alex RinsSuzuki1m47.996s1.261s22
16Aleix EspargaroAprilia1m48.113s1.378s17
17Tito RabatAvintia Ducati1m48.221s1.486s20
18Pol EspargaroKTM1m48.269s1.534s20
19Scott ReddingAprilia1m48.458s1.723s18
20Alvaro BautistaAspar Ducati1m48.524s1.789s21
21Karel AbrahamAspar Ducati1m48.926s2.191s17
22Bradley SmithKTM1m49.044s2.309s18
23Thomas LuthiMVDS Honda1m49.082s2.347s21
24Michele PirroDucati1m49.111s2.376s5
25Xavier SimeonAvintia Ducati1m49.757s3.022s19

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