MotoGP Argentina GP: Espargaro leads Aprilia 1-2 in FP2, Bagnaia drops into Q1

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The rescheduled second practice session on Saturday was extended from 45 minutes to an hour to make up for Friday’s running being cancelled due to freight delays.

With no FP3 taking place this weekend due to the revised schedule, the qualifying groups were decided on the combined order at the end of FP2.

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Most of the field focused on race running in the opening half of FP2, with conditions identical to what will likely be experienced on Sunday in the 25-lap grand prix.

Though long running was the priority, that didn’t stop Aprilia’s Aleix Espargaro – starting his 200th MotoGP race this weekend – from moving up to second on the combined times straight away with a 1m39.116s.

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With 15 minutes of the session gone, Espargaro bettered Takaaki Nakagami’s FP1 best with a 1m38.956s on a used soft rear tyre.

It wouldn’t be long before Espargaro’s team-mate Maverick Vinales found time on his run to move into second to annex the top of the leaderboard for Aprilia.

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Tech3 KTM rider Remy Gardner suffered a crash early on in FP2, while a frustrated Pol Espargaro fell off his Honda at Turn 1 just over 20 minutes into the session.

MotoGP Argentina GP: Espargaro leads Aprilia 1-2 in FP2, Bagnaia drops into Q1
© Autosport.com Maverick Vinales, Aprilia Racing Team

Maverick Vinales, Aprilia Racing Team

Photo by: Gold and Goose / Motorsport Images

And disaster struck KTM’s Brad Binder, who suffered an apparent engine blow-up into Turn 13 midway through FP2.

Aleix Espargaro’s lap continued to act as the benchmark until the final 20 minutes, when team-mate Vinales lit up the timing screens to fire in a 1m38.454s on a fresh soft rear tyre.

But Espargaro was also now out on track on a fresh soft tyre and reclaimed top spot with a 1m38.244s a few moments later.

This would keep Espargaro top of the pile, with Vinales’ time also coming under no threat through to the chequered flag.

Ducati’s Jack Miller mate a late jump up to third on his GP22 as team-mate Francesco Bagnaia cut a frustrated figure in the closing stages of FP2 and wound-up 12th.

The four-time race winner got caught up in traffic at the end of his build-up lap and bizarrely braked hard off line on the main straight just as he started a new laps.

This left him with just two flying laps to try to secure a place in Q2, but failed to improve on his first effort and was unable to complete a second when VR46 rider Marco Bezzecchi crashed at Turn 1 having just overtaken him and brought out the yellow flags.

MotoGP Argentina GP: Espargaro leads Aprilia 1-2 in FP2, Bagnaia drops into Q1
© Autosport.com Jack Miller, Ducati Team

Jack Miller, Ducati Team

Photo by: Gold and Goose / Motorsport Images

For the second race in succession, Bagnaia must face Q1 in qualifying and will be joined by Indonesian GP winner Miguel Oliveira – who could only managed 11th at the end of FP2 on the KTM.

There were no such issues for team-mate Binder despite his earlier technical problems, the South African safely into Q2 in fifth behind world champion Fabio Quartararo on the sole Yamaha inside the top 10.

Both Suzukis have made it into Q2, with Alex Rins heading Joan Mir, while Pramac duo Jorge Martin and Joahnn Zarco, and the sister VR46 Ducati of Luca Marini sealing the final direct Q2 places.

FP1 pacesetter Nakagami slid to 13th in FP2 ahead of Yamaha’s Franco Morbidelli and will join Bagnaia and Oliveira in Q1, likewise Honda’s Pol Espargaro down in 17th.

A late crash for RNF Racing rookie Darryn Binder left him last on the timesheets and out of Q2.

Qualifying for the 2022 MotoGP Argentina GP gets underway at 5:05pm local time (9:05pm BST).

FP2 Results:

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1 Aleix Espargaro
MotoGP Argentina GP: Espargaro leads Aprilia 1-2 in FP2, Bagnaia drops into Q1
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Aprilia 1’38.244
2 Maverick Viñales
MotoGP Argentina GP: Espargaro leads Aprilia 1-2 in FP2, Bagnaia drops into Q1
© Provided by Autosport Aprilia RS-GP
Aprilia 1’38.454 0.210
3 Jack Miller
MotoGP Argentina GP: Espargaro leads Aprilia 1-2 in FP2, Bagnaia drops into Q1
© Provided by Autosport Ducati Desmosedici
Ducati 1’38.463 0.219
4 Fabio Quartararo
MotoGP Argentina GP: Espargaro leads Aprilia 1-2 in FP2, Bagnaia drops into Q1
© Provided by Autosport Yamaha YZR-M1
Yamaha 1’38.471 0.227
5 Brad Binder
MotoGP Argentina GP: Espargaro leads Aprilia 1-2 in FP2, Bagnaia drops into Q1
© Provided by Autosport KTM RC16
KTM 1’38.548 0.304
6 Alex Rins
MotoGP Argentina GP: Espargaro leads Aprilia 1-2 in FP2, Bagnaia drops into Q1
© Provided by Autosport Suzuki GSX-RR
Suzuki 1’38.619 0.375
7 Joan Mir
MotoGP Argentina GP: Espargaro leads Aprilia 1-2 in FP2, Bagnaia drops into Q1
© Provided by Autosport Suzuki GSX-RR
Suzuki 1’38.626 0.382
8 Jorge Martin
MotoGP Argentina GP: Espargaro leads Aprilia 1-2 in FP2, Bagnaia drops into Q1
© Provided by Autosport Ducati Desmosedici
Ducati 1’38.704 0.460
9 Johann Zarco
MotoGP Argentina GP: Espargaro leads Aprilia 1-2 in FP2, Bagnaia drops into Q1
© Provided by Autosport Ducati Desmosedici
Ducati 1’38.797 0.553
10 Luca Marini
MotoGP Argentina GP: Espargaro leads Aprilia 1-2 in FP2, Bagnaia drops into Q1
© Provided by Autosport Ducati Desmosedici
Ducati 1’38.915 0.671
11 Miguel Oliveira
MotoGP Argentina GP: Espargaro leads Aprilia 1-2 in FP2, Bagnaia drops into Q1
© Provided by Autosport KTM RC16
KTM 1’38.924 0.680
12 Francesco Bagnaia
MotoGP Argentina GP: Espargaro leads Aprilia 1-2 in FP2, Bagnaia drops into Q1
© Provided by Autosport Ducati Desmosedici
Ducati 1’38.943 0.699
13 Takaaki Nakagami
MotoGP Argentina GP: Espargaro leads Aprilia 1-2 in FP2, Bagnaia drops into Q1
© Provided by Autosport Honda RC213V
Honda 1’38.951 0.707
14 Franco Morbidelli
MotoGP Argentina GP: Espargaro leads Aprilia 1-2 in FP2, Bagnaia drops into Q1
© Provided by Autosport Yamaha YZR-M1
Yamaha 1’38.959 0.715
15 Marco Bezzecchi
MotoGP Argentina GP: Espargaro leads Aprilia 1-2 in FP2, Bagnaia drops into Q1
© Provided by Autosport Ducati Desmosedici
Ducati 1’38.973 0.729
16 Enea Bastianini
MotoGP Argentina GP: Espargaro leads Aprilia 1-2 in FP2, Bagnaia drops into Q1
© Provided by Autosport Ducati Desmosedici
Ducati 1’38.985 0.741
17 Pol Espargaro
MotoGP Argentina GP: Espargaro leads Aprilia 1-2 in FP2, Bagnaia drops into Q1
© Provided by Autosport Honda RC213V
Honda 1’39.178 0.934
18 Remy Gardner
MotoGP Argentina GP: Espargaro leads Aprilia 1-2 in FP2, Bagnaia drops into Q1
© Provided by Autosport KTM RC16
KTM 1’39.503 1.259
19 Alex Marquez
MotoGP Argentina GP: Espargaro leads Aprilia 1-2 in FP2, Bagnaia drops into Q1
© Provided by Autosport Honda RC213V
Honda 1’39.553 1.309
20 Raúl Fernández
MotoGP Argentina GP: Espargaro leads Aprilia 1-2 in FP2, Bagnaia drops into Q1
© Provided by Autosport KTM RC16
KTM 1’39.600 1.356
21 Andrea Dovizioso
MotoGP Argentina GP: Espargaro leads Aprilia 1-2 in FP2, Bagnaia drops into Q1
© Provided by Autosport Yamaha YZR-M1
Yamaha 1’39.749 1.505
22 Stefan Bradl
MotoGP Argentina GP: Espargaro leads Aprilia 1-2 in FP2, Bagnaia drops into Q1
© Provided by Autosport Honda RC213V
Honda 1’39.940 1.696
23 Fabio Di Giannantonio
MotoGP Argentina GP: Espargaro leads Aprilia 1-2 in FP2, Bagnaia drops into Q1
© Provided by Autosport Ducati Desmosedici
Ducati 1’40.040 1.796
24 Darryn Binder
MotoGP Argentina GP: Espargaro leads Aprilia 1-2 in FP2, Bagnaia drops into Q1
© Provided by Autosport Yamaha YZR-M1
Yamaha 1’40.078 1.834
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