2012 Phillip Island Moto2 FP2 Result: Espargaro's Domination Continues

Pol Espargaro has made clear his intention not to give up on the 2012 Moto2 title without a fight, the HP Pons Tuenti rider dominating the second session of free practice for the class at Phillip Island just as he had the first. Espargaro ended FP2 over nine tenths faster than than 2nd place man Tom Luthi, in a session that was prematurely cut short by rain with under 20 minutes to go. Ant West has finally found his feet after his podium at Sepang, the Australian taking 3rd spot just behind Luthi, and the last man to get within a second of Espargaro. Championship favorite Marc Marquez ended FP2 in 4th, but at least being able to put in some laps after a problem with a spark plug had prevented him from setting a time in the morning, while Andrea Iannone picked up the pace to end the sessoin in 5th, one thousandth of a second ahead of Randy Krummenacher, the Swiss rider freshly returned from injury. The field behind Marquez is very tight: there are 12 men within a second of Marquez, with just fractions separating the group.

Results:

Pos No. Rider Bike Time Diff Diff Previous
1 40 Pol ESPARGARO KALEX 1'34.578    
2 12 Thomas LUTHI SUTER 1'35.507 0.929 0.929
3 95 Anthony WEST SPEED UP 1'35.553 0.975 0.046
4 93 Marc MARQUEZ SUTER 1'35.703 1.125 0.150
5 29 Andrea IANNONE SPEED UP 1'35.769 1.191 0.066
6 4 Randy KRUMMENACHER KALEX 1'35.770 1.192 0.001
7 15 Alex DE ANGELIS FTR 1'35.833 1.255 0.063
8 45 Scott REDDING KALEX 1'35.862 1.284 0.029
9 30 Takaaki NAKAGAMI KALEX 1'35.963 1.385 0.101
10 5 Johann ZARCO MOTOBI 1'35.986 1.408 0.023
11 60 Julian SIMON SUTER 1'36.051 1.473 0.065
12 19 Xavier SIMEON TECH 3 1'36.089 1.511 0.038
13 77 Dominique AEGERTER SUTER 1'36.177 1.599 0.088
14 3 Simone CORSI FTR 1'36.349 1.771 0.172
15 38 Bradley SMITH TECH 3 1'36.498 1.920 0.149
16 80 Esteve RABAT KALEX 1'36.585 2.007 0.087
17 36 Mika KALLIO KALEX 1'36.600 2.022 0.015
18 63 Mike DI MEGLIO KALEX 1'36.790 2.212 0.190
19 8 Gino REA SUTER 1'36.884 2.306 0.094
20 24 Toni ELIAS KALEX 1'37.087 2.509 0.203
21 88 Ricard CARDUS AJR 1'37.100 2.522 0.013
22 14 Ratthapark WILAIROT SUTER 1'37.228 2.650 0.128
23 49 Axel PONS KALEX 1'37.231 2.653 0.003
24 23 Marcel SCHROTTER BIMOTA 1'37.283 2.705 0.052
25 81 Jordi TORRES SUTER 1'37.628 3.050 0.345
26 72 Yuki TAKAHASHI FTR 1'38.112 3.534 0.484
27 18 Nicolas TEROL SUTER 1'38.157 3.579 0.045
28 10 Marco COLANDREA FTR 1'38.767 4.189 0.610
29 22 Alessandro ANDREOZZI SPEED UP 1'38.773 4.195 0.006
30 75 Tomoyoshi KOYAMA SUTER 1'39.706 5.128 0.933
31 82 Elena ROSELL SPEED UP 1'40.811 6.233 1.105
Not qualified (Out 107%) 1'41.198
5 7 Eric GRANADO MOTOBI 1'41.428 6.850 0.617

 

Round Number: 
17
2012
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Comments

Does anyone else than me find it weird that pol espargaro with 1'34'578 FP2 time would be "qualified" in 18th place in front of Silva and Rolfo. À 600 cc faster than a 1000cc on a very fast circuit like Philip Island seems strange no ?

On Friday afternoon, Stoner said that Phillip Island is one of the tracks where the 250s and Moto2 bikes always got closest to the MotoGP times. It's because there isn't much braking, and not much hard accelerating, which is where the smaller engines really lose out. Both the 250s and the Moto2 bikes could just carry more corner speed and make up time there, while not losing much in acceleration. At a stop-and-go track like Motegi, the fastest Moto2 is only just getting close to the very slowest CRT machine.

Thank you for your answer ! I didn't know that smaller bikes had much corner speed, and indeed with less strong accelerations they loose less. It explains the theorical position of Pol Espargaro I mentionned.
As my grandfather used to say : you never should die in the morning, you can always learn something during the day...
Thanks again for the explanation ! (and sorry for my english :)