Soon though, Nakagami raised the stakes. On the soft rear tyre, the Japanese rider chucked in a 1:30.713 to go two tenths clear on the combined times, and 0.340 clear in FP2. Fellow Honda rider Alex Marquez (Repsol Honda Team) wasn’t faring so well though. After a crash at Turn 2 early on, the number 73 was down again – this time at the notorious Turn 4. The double 2020 podium finisher was unhurt but with less than 15 minutes to go, it was a crucial time to be out on track.