Dovizios edges ahead at a wet Motegi

The rain again played a part in Friday's second practice at Motegi, however, MotoGP's championship rivals Andrea Dovizioso and Marc Marquez still came to the fore with the Ducati rider setting the pace.

Dovizioso, who trails Marquez by 208 points to 224, was the rider to beat at a wet Twin Ring Motegi on Friday afternoon.

The Ducati rider posted a 1:54.877 to edge his title rival by 0.043s with Marquez's session ended with a big highside as he pushed the limits in the wet.

Aleix Espargaro put in a late effort onboard his Aprilia to finish third following on his from P2 in the morning's session. He was 0.184s off the pace.

Fourth place went to Jorge Lorenzo, a further two-tenths down, but thankfully back on his bike after sideswiped by Cal Crutchlow out of Turn 9 during the openig practice session.

He finished the afternoon ahead of Johann Zarco, Danilo Petrucci – the early pace-setter in FP2, Andrea Iannone and Dani Pedrosa.

Crutchlow and Alex Rins completed the top ten.

Maverick Vinales, who still has a chance of winning the title, was down in 11th place, 1.489s off Dovizioso's pace.

Times
1 Andrea DOVIZIOSO ITA Ducati Team 1'54.877 
2 Marc MARQUEZ SPA Repsol Honda Team 1'54.920 0.043 / 0.043
3 Aleix ESPARGARO SPA Aprilia Racing Team Gresini 1'55.061 0.184 / 0.141
4 Jorge LORENZO SPA Ducati Team 1'55.234 0.357 / 0.173
5 Johann ZARCO FRA Monster Yamaha Tech 3 1'55.468 0.591 / 0.234
6 Danilo PETRUCCI ITA OCTO Pramac Racing 1'55.541 0.664 / 0.073
7 Andrea IANNONE ITA Team SUZUKI ECSTAR 1'55.614 0.737 / 0.073
8 Dani PEDROSA SPA Repsol Honda Team 1'55.773 0.896 / 0.159
9 Cal CRUTCHLOW GBR LCR Honda 1'56.149 1.272 / 0.376
10 Alex RINS SPA Team SUZUKI ECSTAR 1'56.229 1.352 / 0.080
11 Maverick VIÑALES SPA Movistar Yamaha MotoGP 1'56.376 1.499 / 0.147
12 Valentino ROSSI ITA Movistar Yamaha MotoGP 1'56.435 1.558 / 0.059
13 Kohta NOZANE JPN Monster Yamaha Tech 3 1'56.453 1.576 / 0.018
14 Scott REDDING GBR OCTO Pramac Racing 1'56.680 1.803 / 0.227
15 Karel ABRAHAM CZE Pull&Bear Aspar Team 1'56.776 1.899 / 0.096
16 Alvaro BAUTISTA SPA Pull&Bear Aspar Team 1'56.827 1.950 / 0.051
17 Bradley SMITH GBR Red Bull KTM Factory Racing 1'56.853 1.976 / 0.026
18 Pol ESPARGARO SPA Red Bull KTM Factory Racing 1'56.872 1.995 / 0.019
19 Sam LOWES GBR Aprilia Racing Team Gresini 1'57.250 2.373 / 0.378
20 Loris BAZ FRA Reale Avintia Racing 1'57.259 2.382 / 0.009
21 Hector BARBERA SPA Reale Avintia Racing 1'57.540 2.663 / 0.281
22 Hiroshi AOYAMA JPN EG 0,0 Marc VDS Honda 1'57.548 2.671 / 0.008
23 Tito RABAT SPA EG 0,0 Marc VDS Honda 1'57.645 2.768 / 0.097
24 Katsuyuki NAKASUGA JPN Yamalube Yamaha Factory Racing 1'58.341 3.464 / 0.696

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