MotoGP Austin, FP2: A surprising Iannone wins over Marquez

Andrea Iannone eventually made the best time of the day, winning for a few hundredths over the World Champion; followed by the Movistar Yamaha Duo.

It looked like the ‘Texas sheriff’, Marc Marquez, was winning the round, but then an unexpected Andrea Iannone found just the right spot to take the lead. The World Champion finished 2nd, ahead of the two Movistar Yamaha riders. Dani Pedrosa took the last position in the top 10, despite coming from a wrist surgery no more than one week ago.

Track’s conditions clearly improved compared to this morning, but the leading name remained the sam for a long time: Marquez immediately recorded the best time of the day, temporarily ahead of Iannone, his teammate Pedrosa and Crutchlow. Some riders fell: Pol Espargaro, the current World Champion and Nakagami too, in the last few seconds, luckily with no serious consequences. Rossi risked falling too, but he managed to stay in the saddle.

Once Marc Marquez kicked off again he managed to improve his best time (choosing soft-hard tyres) but it was a stunning Andrea Iannone (choosing media-soft tyres) who eventually took the leading position, winning over the Spanish rider, Maverick Viñales and Valentino Rossi. Cal Crutchlow finished 5th, followed by Alex Rins’ Suzuki and the two red riders, Jorge Lorenzo and Andrea Dovizioso. Aleix Espargaro and a suffering Dani Pedrosa got the last positions in the top 10.

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