Redding takes to the top in FP2. Independent Team rider reigns after rain in the desert
After earlier bad weather and reduced grip since FP1 despite a dry track, it was Octo Pramac Racing rider Scott Redding who shot up the timesheets in the final minutes of the second session in Qatar – setting a 1:55.085 to win a shootout in the final minutes. Ducati Team’s Andrea Dovizioso was P2, with Monster Yamaha Tech 3 rookie duo Jonas Folger and Johann Zarco just behind. Maverick Viñales (Movistar Yamaha MotoGP) was P5.
Viñales – who is still top overall with his laptime from FP1 – also suffered his first crash of the year as he lost his M1 in Turn 4 when in front of teammate Valentino Rossi on track. The ‘Doctor’ was P6 on the timesheets by the flag.
Alvaro Bautista (Pull&Bear Aspar Team), Jorge Lorenzo (Ducati Team), reigning Champion Marc Marquez (Repsol Honda Team) and Aleix Espargaro (Aprilia Racing Team Gresini) completed the top ten.