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MotoGP Brno: Honda's Pedrosa fastest from Petrucci in mixed up FP2

Dani Pedrosa Honda MotoGP Brno 2018

Dani Pedrosa set the pace in the second MotoGP practice session at Brno, as a mixed up order left a handful of frontrunners in danger of missing the cut-off for Q2.

Pedrosa's Honda team-mate Marc Marquez was fastest early on, narrowly eclipsing Johann Zarco's benchmark from the morning session with a 1m56.635s, followed by Pedrosa and the LCR Honda of Cal Crutchlow.

Like in FP1, Marquez was then dethroned by Andrea Dovizioso, the factory Ducati rider taking the lead with five minutes remaining as the late-session flying laps started coming through.

Dovizioso's lead was short-lived as Pedrosa soon beat his effort by three tenths, and the Spaniard improved again to end up topping the session with a 1m55.976s.

Second place was traded among Ducati riders, with Pramac's Danilo Petrucci claiming the spot 0.123 seconds behind Pedrosa.

Nieto Ducati rider Alvaro Bautista was third, while Tech3's Hafizh Syahrin completed a surprising top four as the fastest of the Yamaha contingent.

Dovizioso ended up fifth, followed by the factory Yamahas of Maverick Vinales and Valentino Rossi.

Avintia Ducati rider Tito Rabat took eighth, ahead of Syahrin's team-mate Zarco and Marquez.

Those times were the fastest 10 in the combined practice order, meaning Crutchlow, Suzuki duo Andrea Iannone and Alex Rins, Jack Miller and Ducati's Jorge Lorenzo will all need to improve their position in Saturday morning's third practice to avoid Q1.

Honda wildcard Stefan Bradl was 18th in FP2, as Suzuki test rider Sylvain Guintoli brought up the rear in 26th.

FP2 times

PosRiderTeamBikeTimeGapLaps
1Dani PedrosaHondaHonda1m55.976s-18
2Danilo PetrucciPramac DucatiDucati1m56.099s0.123s16
3Alvaro BautistaAspar DucatiDucati1m56.144s0.168s19
4Hafizh SyahrinTech3 YamahaYamaha1m56.200s0.224s14
5Andrea DoviziosoDucatiDucati1m56.218s0.242s16
6Maverick VinalesYamahaYamaha1m56.392s0.416s17
7Valentino RossiYamahaYamaha1m56.480s0.504s17
8Tito RabatAvintia DucatiDucati1m56.521s0.545s18
9Johann ZarcoTech3 YamahaYamaha1m56.535s0.559s16
10Marc MarquezHondaHonda1m56.635s0.659s18
11Andrea IannoneSuzukiSuzuki1m56.644s0.668s18
12Alex RinsSuzukiSuzuki1m56.661s0.685s19
13Jack MillerPramac DucatiDucati1m56.915s0.939s16
14Cal CrutchlowLCR HondaHonda1m57.014s1.038s17
15Jorge LorenzoDucatiDucati1m57.205s1.229s18
16Aleix EspargaroApriliaAprilia1m57.417s1.441s15
17Pol EspargaroKTMKTM1m57.473s1.497s15
18Stefan BradlHondaHonda1m57.479s1.503s18
19Franco MorbidelliMVDS HondaHonda1m57.498s1.522s15
20Bradley SmithKTMKTM1m57.506s1.530s15
21Takaaki NakagamiLCR HondaHonda1m57.647s1.671s18
22Thomas LuthiMVDS HondaHonda1m57.729s1.753s16
23Scott ReddingApriliaAprilia1m57.941s1.965s13
24Karel AbrahamAspar DucatiDucati1m58.127s2.151s17
25Xavier SimeonAvintia DucatiDucati1m58.453s2.477s16
26Sylvain GuintoliSuzukiSuzuki1m58.617s2.641s17

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