Jack Miller finished the first day of the Emilia-Romagna MotoGP as the fastest of his Ducati colleague Johann Zarco after thoroughly dominating FP2.
While track conditions did not remain ideal for the start of the session this afternoon, the riders were greeted by blue skies and a quickly drying track as Miller and Miguel Oliveira quickly overtook the order.
Miller finished second on his third flying lap before improving Johann Zarco’s FP1 time by more than eight tenths one lap later.
Francesco Bagnaia then made it to a Ducati 1-2-3 in third, while Marc Marquez, who finished second this morning, was fourth overall.
Iker Lecuona then shared the floors of Bologna and finished third overall, while Fabio Quartararo achieved significant gains.
The world championship leader only finished 18th in the session this morning, but the Yamaha rider was consistently in the top ten at the start of the session.
Quartararo’s best performance brought him to seventh place ahead of schedule, which was just before a near-crash at turn four.
Another rider who struggled in FP1 was current MotoGP World Champion Joan Mir, but just like Quartararo, the Suzuki rider moved up to sixth place.
Pol Espargaro, who was two seconds off pace throughout FP2, was the first and only rider to crash in the session – Turn 13.
Bagnaia almost went down for the second time today after braking on the curb in the direction of turn four. The Italian’s Ducati briefly blocked the front, causing him to go off the track.
After fighting for much of the day, Aleix Espargaro finished third overall with his Aprilia when the checkered flag came out. Espargaro was supported by his former full-time teammate Lorenzo Savadori – he finished seventh.
While Miller and Zarco’s top 2 stayed the same, several big names missed a top ten including Mir, Marquez and Quartararo.
Behind the top three were KTM riders Lecuona and Oliveira, while an impressive Luca Marini finished sixth. Bagnaia was eighth, Danilo Petrucci was ninth and Jorge Martin was tenth.