2010 Sepang Moto2 FP1 Result - De Angelis Leads Rain-Interrupted Session

A smattering of tropical rain interrupted FP1 for the Moto2 class, the riders losing about 20 minutes of practice to the weather, before the track dried out again and the times began to drop again. Rain or not, Alex de Angelis was the fastest man of the session, topping the timesheets on the JIR Motobi before the rain came, then improving his time again at the very end of practice. De Angelis leads Marc VDS rider Scott Redding by nearly two tenths, while championship leader Toni Elias ended in 3rd, a quarter of a second behind the man from San Marino. Given the fact that he can wrap up the championship at Sepang with a 9th place, Elias decided caution was the better part of valor, and left his Gresini Moriwaki in the pits after the rain stopped falling, not wanting to risk injury. 

The only man who can stop Elias from becoming the inaugural Moto2 champion, Mapfre Aspar's Julian Simon, ended FP1 as 4th fastest, four tenths of De Angelis but just over a tenth off Elias' time. And Andrea Iannone got his Malaysian adventure off to a much better start than in Motegi, the Fimmco Speed Up rider running 5th fastest in FP1.

Results:

Pos No. Rider Bike Time Diff Diff Previous
1 15 Alex DE ANGELIS MOTOBI 2'09.586    
2 45 Scott REDDING SUTER 2'09.774 0.188 0.188
3 24 Toni ELIAS MORIWAKI 2'09.835 0.249 0.061
4 60 Julian SIMON SUTER 2'09.976 0.390 0.141
5 29 Andrea IANNONE SPEED UP 2'09.983 0.397 0.007
6 12 Thomas LUTHI MORIWAKI 2'10.033 0.447 0.050
7 44 Roberto ROLFO SUTER 2'10.190 0.604 0.157
8 3 Simone CORSI MOTOBI 2'10.253 0.667 0.063
9 77 Dominique AEGERTER SUTER 2'10.492 0.906 0.239
10 55 Hector FAUBEL SUTER 2'10.505 0.919 0.013
11 6 Alex DEBON FTR 2'10.532 0.946 0.027
12 71 Claudio CORTI SUTER 2'10.535 0.949 0.003
13 16 Jules CLUZEL SUTER 2'10.618 1.032 0.083
14 2 Gabor TALMACSI SPEED UP 2'11.030 1.444 0.412
15 65 Stefan BRADL SUTER 2'11.051 1.465 0.021
16 68 Yonny HERNANDEZ BQR-MOTO2 2'11.186 1.600 0.135
17 10 Fonsi NIETO MORIWAKI 2'11.202 1.616 0.016
18 14 Ratthapark WILAIROT BIMOTA 2'11.327 1.741 0.125
19 25 Alex BALDOLINI I.C.P. 2'11.372 1.786 0.045
20 40 Sergio GADEA PONS KALEX 2'11.465 1.879 0.093
21 63 Mike DI MEGLIO SUTER 2'11.605 2.019 0.140
22 53 Valentin DEBISE ADV 2'11.672 2.086 0.067
23 17 Karel ABRAHAM FTR 2'11.812 2.226 0.140
24 87 Mohamad ZAMRI BABA MORIWAKI 2'11.898 2.312 0.086
25 35 Raffaele DE ROSA TECH 3 2'11.989 2.403 0.091
26 72 Yuki TAKAHASHI TECH 3 2'12.291 2.705 0.302
27 56 Michael RANSEDER SUTER 2'12.354 2.768 0.063
28 46 Javier FORES BIMOTA 2'12.574 2.988 0.220
29 80 Axel PONS PONS KALEX 2'12.647 3.061 0.073
30 8 Anthony WEST HONDA 2'12.664 3.078 0.017
31 28 Kazuki WATANABE SUTER 2'12.728 3.142 0.064
32 70 Ferruccio LAMBORGHINI MORIWAKI 2'12.772 3.186 0.044
33 61 Vladimir IVANOV MORIWAKI 2'12.827 3.241 0.055
34 9 Kenny NOYES PROMOHARRIS 2'13.029 3.443 0.202
35 95 Mashel ALNAIMI BQR-MOTO2 2'13.157 3.571 0.128
36 5 Joan OLIVE PROMOHARRIS 2'13.306 3.720 0.149
37 39 Robertino PIETRI SUTER 2'14.308 4.722 1.002
38 88 Yannick GUERRA MORIWAKI 2'14.429 4.843 0.121
39 66 Hiromichi KUNIKAWA BIMOTA 2'16.026 6.440 1.597
Round Number: 
15
2010
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Comments

It still frustrates me that Anthony West is languishing. I know he has no bike development, but he is one of the best wet weather riders and pretty good in the dry. His (lack of) performance demonstrates to me the correlation between bike development / setup and results.

Of course, a better rider on the same bike would qualify and finish higher, but probably not by much.

Excellent to see De Angelis and Redding at the top ... especially after the tragedy at Missano. We all know Elias will wrap up the championship, but it is fun to watch the subtext battles of 2nd through 5th and 6th through 10th!