2010 Mugello Moto2 FP1 Result - De Angelis Gets A Firm Grip

Alex de Angelis took a determined lead in the first session of free practice for the Moto2 class, the RSM Team Scot rider dominating for much of the session, leading by over a second for a large part of practice. De Angelis made good use of the new Ohlins suspension fitted to his GP210, as well as a thinner fairing, improving the aerodynamics and saving a total of 5 kg on the total bike weight

Where the differences at other tracks have been minimal, the gaps are much bigger here at Mugello. Sergio Gadea finished the session in 2nd, over two tenths behind De Angelis, with Mapfre Aspar's Julian Simon a few hundredths behind Gadea. Andrea Iannone rounded out the provisional front row, nearly half a second behind De Angelis.

That pattern is repeated all the way through the field, with a second covering just the top 10, rather than the top 25, as it did at Le Mans. Mugello's greater length, faster front straight and difficult changes of direction are making finding the right setup on the brand new Moto2 bikes much more difficult. At Mugello, the strengths of the different chassis are really starting to make a difference.

Results: 

Pos No. Rider Bike Time Diff Diff Previous
1 15 Alex DE ANGELIS FORCE GP210 1'56.422    
2 40 Sergio GADEA PONS KALEX 1'56.639 0.217 0.217
3 60 Julian SIMON SUTER 1'56.715 0.293 0.076
4 29 Andrea IANNONE SPEED UP 1'56.873 0.451 0.158
5 65 Stefan BRADL SUTER 1'57.166 0.744 0.293
6 16 Jules CLUZEL SUTER 1'57.189 0.767 0.023
7 72 Yuki TAKAHASHI TECH 3 1'57.264 0.842 0.075
8 48 Shoya TOMIZAWA SUTER 1'57.276 0.854 0.012
9 63 Mike DI MEGLIO SUTER 1'57.327 0.905 0.051
10 2 Gabor TALMACSI SPEED UP 1'57.340 0.918 0.013
11 24 Toni ELIAS MORIWAKI 1'57.454 1.032 0.114
12 12 Thomas LUTHI MORIWAKI 1'57.468 1.046 0.014
13 75 Mattia PASINI MOTOBI 1'57.502 1.080 0.034
14 25 Alex BALDOLINI I.C.P. 1'57.537 1.115 0.035
15 68 Yonny HERNANDEZ BQR-MOTO2 1'57.680 1.258 0.143
16 3 Simone CORSI MOTOBI 1'57.730 1.308 0.050
17 44 Roberto ROLFO SUTER 1'57.733 1.311 0.003
18 14 Ratthapark WILAIROT BIMOTA 1'57.787 1.365 0.054
19 45 Scott REDDING SUTER 1'57.788 1.366 0.001
20 6 Alex DEBON FTR 1'57.824 1.402 0.036
21 10 Fonsi NIETO MORIWAKI 1'57.881 1.459 0.057
22 80 Axel PONS PONS KALEX 1'58.073 1.651 0.192
23 35 Raffaele DE ROSA TECH 3 1'58.097 1.675 0.024
24 52 Lukas PESEK MORIWAKI 1'58.123 1.701 0.026
25 71 Claudio CORTI SUTER 1'58.151 1.729 0.028
26 55 Hector FAUBEL SUTER 1'58.192 1.770 0.041
27 53 Valentin DEBISE ADV 1'58.348 1.926 0.156
28 61 Vladimir IVANOV MORIWAKI 1'58.378 1.956 0.030
29 17 Karel ABRAHAM FTR 1'58.490 2.068 0.112
30 21 Vladimir LEONOV SUTER 1'58.545 2.123 0.055
31 77 Dominique AEGERTER SUTER 1'58.607 2.185 0.062
32 59 Niccolo CANEPA FORCE GP210 1'58.700 2.278 0.093
33 41 Arne TODE SUTER 1'58.776 2.354 0.076
34 5 Joan OLIVE PROMOHARRIS 1'58.829 2.407 0.053
35 9 Kenny NOYES PROMOHARRIS 1'58.929 2.507 0.100
36 39 Robertino PIETRI SUTER 1'59.333 2.911 0.404
37 8 Anthony WEST HONDA 1'59.601 3.179 0.268
38 96 Anthony DELHALLE BQR-MOTO2 1'59.707 3.285 0.106
39 19 Xavier SIMEON MORIWAKI 1'59.800 3.378 0.093
40 88 Yannick GUERRA MORIWAKI 2'00.578 4.156 0.778
41 76 Bernat MARTINEZ BIMOTA 2'01.028 4.606 0.450
Round Number: 
4
2010
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Comments

He was my pick for the title at the start of the year in this most difficult of MotoGP lotteries. I remember being at Mugello in 1995 and Doohan was turning mid 1:55's in Sunday qualifying. These mildly tuned road engined 600's are only fractionally slower on a much bumpier track than then and sure to get quicker tomorrow. Progress.

Motorcycles fall over if you don't go fast. Fred Gassit -AMCN.

Did they change the rule that 250s would be allowed in this transition year? Because by the looks of the laptimes, a 250 would be lapping the front-runners on the Moto2 bikes...