In underfloor heating, as the temperature reached 35°went higher in the afternoon, Bautista had been ready to outpace Jonathan Rea.
The Kawasaki rider headed the way for all both sessions – he had been on top for 40 minutes in FP1 simply to be conquered by Bautista using a 1m33.597s after which the subsequent 1m33.089s, which abandoned the Spaniard having a 0.199s gap.
Back in FP2, Rea was the early pace-setter but Bautista managed to beat their own morning routine halfway through, and also the Ducati rider never gave the lead up again.
He finished with a 1m32.971s, whilst Rea could only improve on his dawn time by 0.019s.
The duo was followed closely by four Yamahas at the joint order, together with newcomer Sandro Cortese, despite finishing his FP2 having a collapse, carrying third, almost half of a second slower compared to Bautista.
Pa-ta Yamaha team mates Alex Lowes and Michael van der Mark complete the top five, the Dutchman beating Cortese’s GRT teammate Marco Melandri by 0.012s.
Rea’s teammate Leon Haslam had a slow beginning to the weekend, even as he had been one and a half an hour off the pace at FP1, also while the Briton left a big improvement from the afternoon, he had been still over eight tenths adrift at seventh.
Chaz Davies, that proceeds to battle on the brand new Ducati and had a mechanical problem in FP1, was 11th.