Portuguese GP: Bagnaia ends Friday on top in FP2

With Friday running now complete, Ducati’s Pecco Bagnaia finished atop the leaderboard in FP2 of the Portuguese GP.

There was a small shower of rain before FP2 got underway, but it was not enough to dampen the track like FP1.

All riders were out on track almost as soon as the light went green compared to the first session when some riders remained in the box for the beginning of FP1.

The first incident of the weekend came just three minutes into the session, as Taka Nakagami had a very fast crash at Turn 1, destroying his LCR Honda.

The Japanese rider walked away from the incident, but was unsurprisingly taken to the Medical Centre for a check-up.

With ten minutes remaining, Nakagami returned to the track, albeit looking in pain as he slowly walked to the bike before leaving the pits.

At the end of the first runs, Bagnaia was on top of the timesheets with a 1m41.052s lap.

It was a rather quiet session overall, as the riders spent the large majority of FP2 putting in long runs ahead of Sunday’s race.

Bagnaia remained on top as FP2 came to close, with a 1m39.866s lap, 0.340s ahead of Fabio Quartararo.

It was a strong session for the two Suzuki riders, with Joan Mir in third and Alex Rins 0.043s behind in fourth.

The second Ducati of Jack Miller ended FP2 in fifth, ahead of Marc Marquez who continues to look strong following his return.

Maverick Vinales ended the day in seventh after topping FP1 earlier on.

Johann Zarco finished in eighth but was forced to get a lift back to the pits with Miller, after his Pramac set on fire after the chequered flag.

Miguel Oliveira placed his KTM in ninth, 0.019s faster than Nakagami who set an impressive lap following his big crash at the start of FP2.

Alex Marquez ended the session in 11th, with Honda’s Pol Espargaro in 12th and Luca Marini in 13th.

Aleix Espargaro suffered a crash at Turn 11 with two minutes remaining, the Spaniard finished in 14th, 0.218s faster than Valentino Rossi.

Lorenzo Savadori came across the line to finish 16th, 0.043s faster than Brad Binder in 17th, who finished ahead of Danilo Petrucci.

Franco Morbidelli will be hoping for better luck as the weekend goes on in 19th, Enea Bastianini was 0.620s slower in 20th.

Iker Lecuona and Jorge Martin ended the session in 21st and 22nd.

That’s that then for Friday running of the Portuguese GP, who do you think will come out on top on Sunday? Be sure to let us know!