2017 Le Mans Moto2 FP2 Result: Marquez Steals The Spotlight Off Hernandez

With the title contenders being extra cautious in full wet conditions, that let some more names shine through at the top of the timesheets - at least until the very end, when some familiar names were cast in the top roles. Jerez winner Alex Marquez waited until the very last lap to cruise to the top and lead the session by almost eight tenths of a second.

Pecco Bagnaia had a similar progress behind the Spaniard, sneaking into the top two in the final minute of practice. Championship veteran Yonny Hernandez showed off some of his skills in the wet by leading the early part of the session, before dropping down to a respectable third spot.

Franco Morbidelli had been lingering down towards the end of the top twenty before some set-up magic was performed in the garage and the Italian popped up in fourth position, only five thousandths of a second behind Hernandez.

Luca Marini was another confident performer in the wet conditions of FP2, the Italian grabbing fifth place, ahead of Xavi Vierge and Simone Corsi, both of which held a gap of over a second on Marquez.

Wet weather enthusiast Hafizh Syahrin spent most of the session on track and was looking for a top five result before the final lap rush pushed him back all the way to eighth position, with Miguel Oliveira and Tom Luthi completing the top ten.

Tetsuta Nagashima was another of the names that impressed, the Japanese rider constantly at the business end of things, even enjoying a short taste of the lead before finishing eleventh.

Morning leader Lorenzo Baldassari ended up eighteenth, with Takaaki Nakagami and Dominique Aegerter closing the top thirty.

Results:

Pos. Num. Rider Bike Time Gap 1st Prev.
1 73 Alex MARQUEZ Kalex 1'46.931    
2 42 Francesco BAGNAIA Kalex 1'47.716 0.785 0.785
3 68 Yonny HERNANDEZ Kalex 1'47.730 0.799 0.014
4 21 Franco MORBIDELLI Kalex 1'47.735 0.804 0.005
5 10 Luca MARINI Kalex 1'47.776 0.845 0.041
6 97 Xavi VIERGE Tech 3 1'47.972 1.041 0.196
7 24 Simone CORSI Speed Up 1'48.028 1.097 0.056
8 55 Hafizh SYAHRIN Kalex 1'48.030 1.099 0.002
9 44 Miguel OLIVEIRA KTM 1'48.104 1.173 0.074
10 12 Thomas LUTHI Kalex 1'48.135 1.204 0.031
11 45 Tetsuta NAGASHIMA Kalex 1'48.392 1.461 0.257
12 32 Isaac VIÑALES Kalex 1'48.446 1.515 0.054
13 23 Marcel SCHROTTER Suter 1'48.464 1.533 0.018
14 49 Axel PONS Kalex 1'48.499 1.568 0.035
15 88 Ricard CARDUS KTM 1'48.599 1.668 0.100
16 40 Fabio QUARTARARO Kalex 1'48.647 1.716 0.048
17 11 Sandro CORTESE Suter 1'48.879 1.948 0.232
18 7 Lorenzo BALDASSARRI Kalex 1'48.882 1.951 0.003
19 5 Andrea LOCATELLI Kalex 1'48.893 1.962 0.011
20 19 Xavier SIMEON Kalex 1'49.345 2.414 0.452
21 9 Jorge NAVARRO Kalex 1'49.364 2.433 0.019
22 54 Mattia PASINI Kalex 1'49.580 2.649 0.216
23 89 Khairul Idham PAWI Kalex 1'50.173 3.242 0.593
24 57 Edgar PONS Kalex 1'50.206 3.275 0.033
25 6 Tarran MACKENZIE Suter 1'50.256 3.325 0.050
26 87 Remy GARDNER Tech 3 1'50.346 3.415 0.090
27 2 Jesko RAFFIN Kalex 1'50.661 3.730 0.315
28 30 Takaaki NAKAGAMI Kalex 1'50.808 3.877 0.147
29 77 Dominique AEGERTER Suter 1'51.209 4.278 0.401
30 27 Iker LECUONA Kalex 1'51.653 4.722 0.444
31 47 Axel BASSANI Speed Up 1'51.715 4.784 0.062
32 62 Stefano MANZI Kalex 1'51.751 4.820 0.036

 

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A 'big up' to Tarran Mackenzie for getting up to 25th position in only his second Moto2 session in tricky conditions.
A really solid start. The best of wishes to him. Looking forwards to following his progress after watching him in BSB Supersport.

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