Doha GP: Miller ends Friday on top in FP2

Day one of the Doha GP weekend has ended with Jack Miller on top to head a Ducati one-two in conditions that will match Sunday’s race.

Just like last week, FP2 was expected to be one of the fastest sessions, which will likely show the riders that will head straight to Q2 tomorrow.

As the first runs of each rider came to a close, Pecco Bagnaia was on top with a 1m54.074s, showing Ducati have the pace in the cooler conditions.

That was just the beginning of the story as the times then toppled throughout the second runs of FP2.

The only two incidents in the sessions came in the final three minutes, with both LCR Honda’s in the gravel at Turn 7 and then Turn 16.

At the chequered flag, Miller topped the session with a 1m53.145s lap, 0.313s ahead of his teammate Bagnaia.

The Pramac of Johann Zarco ended FP2 in third, ahead of Fabio Quartararo and Jorge Martin, a strong showing for the Spanish rookie in fifth.

After topping FP1 earlier today, Aleix Espargaro was sixth, 0.053s faster than Franco Morbidelli, Alex Rins ended the session in eighth on the Suzuki.

Maverick Vinales and Stefan Bradl rounded out the top-ten.

KTM’s Miguel Oliveira came across the line with a lap-time that put him in 11th, ahead of the Tech3 bike of Danilo Petrucci.

Joan Mir finished the session in 13th, with Valentino Rossi behind the reigning World Champion.

LCR’s Taka Nakagami and Alex Marquez were 15th and 16th, with Pol Espargaro in 17th.

Brad Binder still looks to be struggling around the Losail track on the KTM, the South African finished 18th, 0.279s faster than Enea Bastianini.

Luca Marini crossed the line in FP2 to finish 20th, with Lorenzo Savadori and Iker Lecuona ending the session in 21st and 22nd.

With the fastest practice session of the Doha GP complete, the times give an image of how the race may pan out, Ducati will be hoping that this will be the case.