Styrian GP: Savadori ends Friday on top of leaderboard

Lorenzo Savadori has put his Aprilia on top of the timesheets in FP2 of the Styrian GP with the track changing from wet to dry conditions late on.

The session began with a wet track, the conditions similar to what is anticipated for Sunday’s race.

It didn’t take long for the first fall of the afternoon session as Iker Lecuona dropped his Tech3 KTM at Turn 1 just five minutes in.

Both Alex Marquez and Valentino Rossi took a trip through the gravel at Turn 4 on separate occasions to show just how tricky the Red Bull Ring was turning out to be.

Close to the end, the track began to dry with Jack Miller unsurprisingly being the only one to head out for a couple of dry-tyre laps.

It was Savadori’s 1m31.304s lap which put the Italian on top, ahead of Johann Zarco and Joan Mir.

Pecco Bagnaia finished in fourth with Aleix Espargaro making it a top-five finish for the two Aprilia’s.

Alex Rins ended up sixth on his Suzuki, with Alex Marquez and Iker Lecuona seventh and eighth.

Maverick Vinales finished as the fastest Yamaha just as he did in FP1 in ninth, Marc Marquez rounded out the top-ten.

Enea Bastianini and Luca Marini put in a good showing to end 11th and 12th, with Pol Espargaro and Jack Miller behind the Esponsorama pairing.

Championship leader Fabio Quartararo ended the day in 15th ahead of Brad Binder and the fastest rider in FP1 Taka Nakagami.

Tech3’s Danilo Petrucci finished 18th ahead of Jorge Martin, with Cal Crutchlow 19th who steps in to replace Franco Morbidelli for the next three rounds.

KTM wildcard Dani Pedrosa ended 20th ahead of Valentino Rossi.

Miguel Oliveira did not set a lap time in FP2, and there could be concerns over his fitness after a heavy crash in FP1 of the Styrian GP.