MotoGP Mugello, FP2: Iannone takes the lead, terrific crash for Pirro

Andrea Iannone conquered the head of the FP2 ranking, ahead of Viñales and Marquez. Wild card Pirro suffered a bad accident and he is now at the hospital for checkups, while Dovizioso’s Ducati engine exploded.

The first day at Mugello Circuit registers Andrea Iannone’s best time, followed by Maverick Viñales and Marc Marquez in this second (and last for today) round of FP. This round has been quite complicated, as there was two red flags due to Michele Pirro’s tragic fall, and then for the explosion of the Desmosedici engine rode by Andrea Dovizioso.

Iannone started from where he closed the first round of FP this morning: the leading position. Lorenzo and Miller started right after him. The round had to be suspended after 15 minutes because of a terrible high-speed fall on San Donato Turn (where riders can reach 340 km/h!) suffered by Michele Pirro. His crash led to a red flag to allow the ambulance to enter the track and rescue the rider on the ground. After some long minutes, Pirro was taken to the Medical Center for checkups: there’s nothing certain by now, but it seems that he has a dislocated shoulder and a few other injuries. The rider has been moved to the hospital in Florence to undergo more tests, especially because he was unconscious for a few minutes after the fall.

When the round restarted, we witnessed two new accidents: Marc Marquez fell on Materassi and then, in the middle of a straight, a huge white cloud came from Dovizioso’s bike together with some fire from the downside of his D16. That meant another red flag. Luckily, the rider didn’t suffer any injury and managed to leave his bike in the escape lane, but track’s conditions needed to be checked and the round was suspended for the second time.

After their third start, riders could finally complete FP2: Andrea Iannone made the best time again, followed by Maverick Viñales and Marc Marquez. Johann Zarco finished the round with a 4th place, ahead of Jack Miller and Cal Crutchlow. Valentino Rossi got the 7th position ahead of rookie Franco Morbidelli, while Danilo Petrucci and Jorge Lorenzo got the last two positions in the top 10.

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