Miller beats Aleix Espargaró and leads training 2 in Aragon. Fourth is 7th

The second MotoGP practice at MotorLand de Alcañiz had a timesheet beyond unexpected. With 1min47s613, Jack Miller put Ducati on top on the afternoon of this Friday (10) in Aragon, 0s273 better than Aleix Espargaró, the second place. To complete the surprise, the third time went to Cal Crutchlow.

Johann Zarco used the last of 18 laps to finish the fourth time, followed by Jorge Martín and Francesco Bagnaia. Worlds leader, Fabio Quartararo did the fastest lap in 1min48s034 and was seventh, 0s421 behind the pointer.

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Jack Miller was the fastest in Aragon (Photo: Ducati)

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Takaaki Nakagami led part of the session but finished eighth ahead of Enea Bastianini. Pol Espargaró completes the list of the top ten, followed by Álex Rins and Brad Binder.

Owner of the most victorious record in Aragon, Marc Márquez suffered a crash at turn 16 midway through the session and was unable to improve. The Spaniard finished 20th, 1s214 behind Miller. 0s072 better, Maverick Viñales was 19th.

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Find out how training 2 of the MotoGP Aragon GP went:

As was the case earlier, MotoGP found sun and heat in the second practice of the day at Alcañiz. Before the start of the second free session, the thermometers measured 27°C, with the asphalt reaching 44°C.

With 1min50s039, Miguel Oliveira opened the session at the top of the timesheet, 0s261 better than Fabio Quartararo, the second place. Soon afterward, Joan Mir took over, but was only briefly there.

Running on a soft rear tire, Oliveira was at 1min48s623 and regained the lead, 0s628 better than Takaaki Nakagami. Aleix Espargaró moved up to third, ahead of Francesco Bagnaia and Martín. Fourthraro quickened his pace and jumped to second, reducing Miguel’s margin to 0s297.

Marc Márquez crashed at turn 16 while following his brother Álex (Video: MotoGP)

In a session where several drivers had a hard rear tyre, Bagnaia scored 1min48s616 on the fourth lap this afternoon to take the lead from Oliveira, who was just 0.007 slower. Martín was third, ahead of Quartararo and Brad Binder.

At the beginning of the session, Marc suffered a fall at turn 16. The Spaniard was unharmed, but furious at having fallen, as he was glued to his brother and had to step off the line to avoid hitting Alex’s rear. 22nd, Marc had the best partials, but ended up with the RC213V destroyed.

Marc Márquez was irritated by the mistake he made in Aragon (Video: MotoGP)

While Marc returned to the pits, Nakagami was at 1min48s574 and took the lead, 0s049 better than Oliveira. Bagnaia, incidentally, crashed at turn 5, but escaped injury.

After the first 20 minutes of training, Nakagami was in charge, with Oliveira, Quartararo, Aleix Espargaró, Rins, Pol Espargaró, Álex Márquez, Bagnaia, Martín and Iker Lecuona.

Shortly thereafter, Viñales had a good scare when he went over the zebra with the front wheel in the last corner. Despite the jolt, the rider managed to stay on top of the bike.

Maverick Viñales got an RS-GP shake-up (Video: MotoGP)

Back on the track, Marc soon arrived in 1:48s827 and took fourth place, 0s253 behind Nakagami, who was still in the lead. The Spaniard had a hard tire on the rear of the RCV, as did most riders on the grid.

With part of the drivers heading to the pits, Joan Mir appeared with a medium tire behind the GSX-RR to score a 1:48s886 to settle in sixth, 0s312 behind the leader.

After a final round of pit-stops, the riders returned to the track, mostly with soft tires in the rear. Álex Márquez was one of the first to improve, moving up to fourth place.

Afterwards, Aleix Espargaró was 1min48s547 to put Aprilia in charge, 0s027 better than Nakagami. Then, however, Iker Lecuona passed 0s021 to be the first place. Pol Espargaró was also better and came in third.

Álex Rins advanced to third, with Valentino Rossi moving up to seventh. Immediately, however, Jack Miller went to 1:47s613 and took the lead, 0s701 better than Álex Márquez. Danilo Petrucci placed third using the LCR Spanish reference.

0s284 slower than Miller, Cal Crutchlow placed second, ahead of Aleix, Nakagami, Pol and Álex Márquez. Fourthraro was only 17th.

Cal Crutchlow was more than satisfied with his performance in the TL2 (Video: MotoGP)

Enea Bastianini also managed to go faster and jump to fifth place, but lost one place in the sequence, with Fabio moving up to fourth, 0s421 behind Miller.

Aleix managed to react with 1min47s886 and returned to second place, 0s273 behind Miller. Brad Binder was now in eighth place.

With the checkered flag flying in MotorLand, Bagnaia jumped to fourth place, but was immediately overtaken by a faster Martín 0s009.

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MotoGP 2021, GP Aragon, MotorLand, Free Practice 2:

1J MILLERDucati1:47,613
twoTHE ESPARGARÓAprilia Gresini1:47,886+0.273
3C CRUTCHLOWYamaha1:47,897+0.284
4J ZARCOPramac Ducati1:47,988+0.375
5J MARTINPramac Ducati1:48,023+0.410
6F BAGNAIADucati1:48,032+0.419
7F QUARTARAROYamaha1:48,034+0.421
8T NAKAGAMIHonda LCR1:48,057+0.444
9AND BASTIANINIAvintia Ducati1:48,086+0.473
10P ESPARGARÓHonda1:48,166+0.553
11THE KIDNEYSSuzuki1:48,267+0.654
12B BINDERKTM1:48,278+0.665
13TO MARQUEZHonda LCR1:48,314+0.701
14D PETRUCCITech3 KTM1:48,351+0.738
15L MARINIAvintia VR46 Ducati1:48,456+0.843
16I LECUONETech3 KTM1:48,526+0.913
17M OLIVEIRAKTM1:48,623+1,010
18V ROSSISRT Yamaha1:48,649+1,036
19M VIÑALESAprilia Gresini1:48,755+1,142
20M MARQUEZHonda1:48,827+1.214
21J MIRSuzuki1:48,887+1,274
22J DIXONSRT Yamaha1:49,987+2,374