2012 Le Mans Moto2 FP1 Result: Luthi Leads From Corsi And Marquez

Thomas Luthi put in a fast lap at the end of the first session of practice to top the Moto2 timesheets on Friday morning. The Interwetten Paddock rider nipped ahead Marc Marquez in the final minutes of FP1 to set the fastest time. Simone Corsi finished the practice in 2nd, after occupying top spot for a portion of the session and swapping places with Marc Marquez, who ended in 3rd. The two Marc VDS Racing men took 4th and 5th, Scott Redding just a fraction faster than his teammate Mika Kallio.

Results:

Pos No. Rider Bike Time Diff Diff Previous
1 12 Thomas LUTHI SUTER 1'38.303    
2 3 Simone CORSI FTR 1'38.458 0.155 0.155
3 93 Marc MARQUEZ SUTER 1'38.727 0.424 0.269
4 45 Scott REDDING KALEX 1'38.788 0.485 0.061
5 36 Mika KALLIO KALEX 1'38.880 0.577 0.092
6 29 Andrea IANNONE SPEED UP 1'39.063 0.760 0.183
7 40 Pol ESPARGARO KALEX 1'39.123 0.820 0.060
8 77 Dominique AEGERTER SUTER 1'39.162 0.859 0.039
9 71 Claudio CORTI KALEX 1'39.191 0.888 0.029
10 80 Esteve RABAT KALEX 1'39.308 1.005 0.117
11 4 Randy KRUMMENACHER KALEX 1'39.318 1.015 0.010
12 15 Alex DE ANGELIS SUTER 1'39.427 1.124 0.109
13 60 Julian SIMON SUTER 1'39.442 1.139 0.015
14 95 Anthony WEST MORIWAKI 1'39.560 1.257 0.118
15 63 Mike DI MEGLIO SPEED UP 1'39.578 1.275 0.018
16 5 Johann ZARCO MOTOBI 1'39.661 1.358 0.083
17 18 Nicolas TEROL SUTER 1'39.687 1.384 0.026
18 30 Takaaki NAKAGAMI KALEX 1'39.688 1.385 0.001
19 24 Toni ELIAS SUTER 1'39.808 1.505 0.120
20 19 Xavier SIMEON TECH 3 1'39.874 1.571 0.066
21 38 Bradley SMITH TECH 3 1'39.885 1.582 0.011
22 76 Max NEUKIRCHNER KALEX 1'40.041 1.738 0.156
23 88 Ricard CARDUS AJR 1'40.294 1.991 0.253
24 49 Axel PONS KALEX 1'40.329 2.026 0.035
25 44 Roberto ROLFO SUTER 1'40.335 2.032 0.006
26 47 Angel RODRIGUEZ BIMOTA 1'40.420 2.117 0.085
27 14 Ratthapark WILAIROT SUTER 1'41.268 2.965 0.848
28 7 Alexander LUNDH MZ-RE HONDA 1'41.404 3.101 0.136
29 8 Gino REA SUTER 1'41.678 3.375 0.274
30 72 Yuki TAKAHASHI SUTER 1'42.733 4.430 1.055
31 10 Marco COLANDREA FTR 1'44.034 5.731 1.301
32 82 Elena ROSELL MORIWAKI 1'44.639 6.336 0.605

 

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Already a pattern seems to be emerging and unless there is a number of wet or damp races it seems the 2012 champion will be from the current top 6 riders. Shame to see Tech 3 down in midfield, hardly an auspicious start to the season and if Bradley hopes to make it to the MotoGp grid next year he's going to have to do rather better than his current form or there will be pressure to keep him down a class for another year.

Even though his teamate is in a similar position, that's not a good enough excuse for a potential MotoGP rider.

Stoner's retirement of course throws out some interesting scenarios for 2013, but let's not get carried away.

Tech3 only has two bikes on the grid to gather data and drive development. Besides, I always get the feeling that Tech3's Moto2 chassis and parts are primarily designed and created in the back of Guy Coulon's garage. (Contrast this to Kalex, Suter, and FTR).

True enough, but I can't see them entering just to make up the numbers and as a quasi-factory Yamaha MotoGP team they will have access to a lot of factory input.

Yamaha may not be entered in Moto2 but I bet they will be giving some technical support.

I've always assumed that Smith would be on a Tech3 CRT bike next year with a Yam engine, so the team would effectively run on the same model as Gresini with a prototype and CRT entry. My view has always been that the CRT'ing of MotoGP (exactly what Stoner is shying away from) is there to open it up competitively to those riders coming up from Moto2, because as things stand you've got to be a wunderkind to make the leap successfully.