Portimao MotoGP: Zarco quickest in FP2, Rossi 21st after crash

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Avintia Ducati's Johann Zarco topped a tight second MotoGP practice for the Portuguese Grand Prix as Valentino Rossi struggled on his Yamaha to 21st after a crash.
The second 70-minute session of the day began as the first finished, with home hero Miguel Oliveira fastest on his Tech3 KTM with a 1m41.802s.

Just as the Portuguese rider posted that lap, Suzuki's Alex Rins became the first crasher of the day when he fell at Turn 8 after five minutes of running.

Aprilia's Aleix Espargaro was the next runner to go top of the pile with a 1m40.969s, with the likes of Takaaki Nakagami on the LCR Honda, Zarco, Franco Morbidelli on the SRT Yamaha and Honda's Stefan Bradl going fastest across the opening 15 minutes.

Bradl's effort of 1m40.584s stood as the benchmark for the next 10 minutes or so, when Oliveira returned to the top of the order with a 1m40.270s.

The Algarve Circuit caught out a couple more riders in the final 40 minutes, with Nakagami…
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