Le Mans FP2: Enea Bastianini ahead of Aleix Espargaró / MotoGP

The second free MotoGP practice session at the Bugatti Circuit was eventful. In the end, Gresini Ducati star Enea Bastianini secured the best record time ever. Save another and P15 for the Marquis.

Bright sunshine greeted the MotoGP entourage at Le Mans on Friday. At the start of FP2 in first class, the air temperature was 21 degrees and the asphalt temperature on the Bugatti circuit was 32 degrees.

Roughly ten minutes later, Joan Mir caused the first crash of the afternoon session at Turn Seven. The works driver Suzuki flew quickly, but immediately got back up again. Shortly thereafter, Fabio Quartararo was the first to defeat Paul Espargaro’s best time in FP1 (1:31,771 min) in front of his home crowd with a time of 1:31.640 min.

For comparison: Johann Zarko’s lap record from 2018 (still on Yamaha) was 1:31.185 minutes.

31 minutes before the end of the match, Jerez winner Biko Bagnaia led with a time of 1: 31.635 minutes. The factory Ducati driver was 0.005sec faster than the Quartararo. Alex Espargaro came in third (+0.044sec). Compared to FP1, factory Red Bull-KTM rider Brad Bender had already improved, and was eighth in the top ten targets of the combined timetables.

Halfway through the 45-minute session, Mir was back on the track in his second GSX-RR. He and fellow Suzuki rider Alex Rins were running the soft front tire. Other than that, the entire field was running the mid- and mid-tire combination.

20 minutes before his start, Zarco caused a commotion with an off-road streak: the Pramac rider failed to stop the Ducati at Turn 2, broke through the gravel trap at high speed and jumped back onto the track. While the Frenchman remained seated, Mercedes driver Jack Miller crashed in Turn 11.

Darren Bender was the next accident victim at Turn 7, and he was unhurt. Meanwhile, Reigns complained profusely after colliding with the slow-moving Paul Espargaro.

Only the soft rear tires were used for the last seven minutes. However, the pursuit of times was initially delayed by two yellow stages: Miller caused a yellow flag as he rode across the gravel bed in Sector Three, but stayed put. On the other hand, rookie Marco Besecki flew into the seventh turn.

Alex Espargaro set the new target time at 1:31.574 minutes, then a yellow flag appeared again – Luca Marini crashed in turn 3.

Two minutes before the end, Bastianini reported the best cut times, but the lap was invalid due to the short. The next attempt was perfect: With a time of 1:31.148 minutes, the two-time winner of the season broke the lap record – but fell to the ground at Dunlop Cheekyny (aged 3 and 4). This was his second crash on Friday.

Also for the second time, Franco Morbidelli crashed soon after, landing in a gravel trap at Turn 10. Alex Marquez threw his LCR-Honda away at Turn 7, with Marc Marquez taking the ball out again.

Alex Espargaro, Renz and Zarco finished second, third and fourth, ahead of Bagnaia and Quartararo. Best times Bastianini is no longer in danger.

MotoGP and Le Mans combined timings after FP2 (May 15):

1. Bastianini, Ducati, 1: 31.148 min
2. Alex Espargaro, Aprilia, +0.202 seconds
3. Rins, Suzuki, +0.297
4. Zarco, Ducati +0.360.360
5. Bagnaya, Ducati +0.487
6. Quartararo, Yamaha +0.492
7. Brad Bender, KTM, +0.509.00
8. MIR, Suzuki, +0.518
9- Paul Espargaro, Honda +0.623
10. Martin, Ducati +0.764
11. Miller, Ducati, +0.766.200
12. Morbidley, Yamaha +0.877
13. Vinales, Aprilia +0.903
14- Marini, Ducati, +0.980
15. Marc Marquez, Honda, +1.005
16. Nakagami, Honda +1.017
17. Di Gianantonio, Ducati, +1127
18. Besicchi, Ducati, +1.166
19. Alex Marquez, Honda +1.357
20. Dovizioso, Yamaha, +1.388
21. Oliveira, KTM, +1.547
22. Gardner, KTM, +1.589
23. Fernandez, KTM +2.409
24. Darren Bender, Yamaha +2,413

MotoGP result, Le Mans, FP2:

1. Bastianini, Ducati, 1: 31.148 min
2. Alex Espargaro, Aprilia, +0.202 seconds
3. Rins, Suzuki, +0.297
4. Zarco, Ducati +0.360.360
5. Bagnaya, Ducati +0.487
6. Quartararo, Yamaha +0.492
7. Brad Bender, KTM, +0.509.00
8. MIR, Suzuki, +0.518
9. Martin, Ducati +0.764
10- Miller, Ducati, +0.766.000
11. Morbidley, Yamaha +0.877
12. Vinales, Aprilia, +0.903
13. Paul Espargaro, Honda +0.928
14. Marc Marquez, Honda +1.005
15. Di Gianantonio, Ducati, +1.127
16. Bezzecchi, Ducati, +1,166
17- Marini, Ducati, +1,268
18. Alex Marquez, Honda +1.357
19. Dovizioso, Yamaha +1.388
20. Oliveira, KTM, +1.547
21. Gardner, KTM, +1.589
22. Nakagami, Honda +2,249
23. Fernandez, KTM +2.409
24. Darren Bender, Yamaha +2,413

Timings of Moto3 and Le Mans combined after FP2 (May 15):

1. Fujia, Honda, 1:41,680 minutes
2. Guevara, gas, + 0.428 seconds
3. Suzuki, Honda +0.523
4. Tatay, CFMOTO +0.646
5. Macia, KTM +0.668.2007
6. Mineo, Honda +0.793
7. Bartolini, KTM, +0.872
8. Yamanaka, KTM +0.921
9- Ricardo Rossi, Honda +0.969
10. Sasaki, Husqvarna, +0.998

additional:
15. Garcia, Gas, +1,341

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