Danilo Petrucci and Scott Redding confirm to be very fast in wet conditions. In the FP2 of the Grand Prix de France the Octo Pramac Racing riders dominate for almost the entire session then ending up in third and fourth place respectively. Unfortunately the unstable weather conditions of the FP1 did not allow them to reach the TOP 10 (Petrux 15th and Scott 16th in the combined standing). As a result they will have to fight in tomorrow’s FP3 to win direct qualification to Q2.
After the FP1 raced entirely with rain tires and finished 4 tenths of a second from the Top 10, Danilo Petrucci played a spectacular FP2. Feeling of being able to beat Dovizioso’s quickest time of the session, Petrux remained on track until the end but he had to surrender due to lack of gasoline that forced him back to the garage.
Scott Redding dominated the first 30 minutes of the FP2 by lighting up an endless series of “red helmets”. The English rider lapped fast in all sectors as confirmed by his ideal time that would secure his second position in front of Marquez. With Andrea Dovizioso, Scott Redding was the only rider to improve in the FP2 the time set in the morning.
15th – Danilo Petrucci – 1’41.887
“I had so much fun. I’m really happy. In the end I was thinking of doing it but I finished the gasoline. We made some adjustments after the first exit of FP2 and I started to lap very fast. I found back confidence in wet conditions and I am very happy because I feel that we are really competitive. Now I just hope the track will be dry tomorrow morning because I want to make the Q2”.
16th – Scott Redding – 1’41.925
“I am very happy about how things went in FP2. Just a shame for what we have done in FP1: we tried a set-up for mixed-conditions but getting out with the medium-rear was not the right choice. I tried to push but I could not put the rubber in the temperature. In the afternoon we decided to use that set up and things went really well as we went on track with the used rear-rain of the morning lapping very fast”.