2016 Austin Moto2 FP2: Rins Minds The Gap, Sets The Record

Alex Rins piled on the pressure in FP2 Friday in Texas with the fastest-ever Moto2 lap at the Circuit of the Americas: 2'09.564. Rins was the first rider to drop into the 2'09s midway through the early afternoon session and consistently hit that mark on his way to the fastest lap at the 5.5 km (3.4 mi.) track near Austin.

Nearly two-tenths back was Simone Corsi, just 16 hundredths clear of Johann Zarco, who led the practice session early on. Takaaki Nakagami finished another two-tenths back of Zarco to settle into fourth. Marcel Schrotter, 13th in last year's contest, ended his day as the fifth-fastest rider but eight-tenths of a second from Rins.

Sam Lowes, the 2015 winner here, also has work to do. Typically, times in the Moto2 field are tightly bunched. Not this year at this track, so far. Lowes, as the sixth-fastest rider, is joined by Sandro Cortese (7th), Thomas Luthi (8th) and Dominic Aegerter (9th) at nearly a second off the pace. Luis Salom, second in the first race of the season, ended his day in 10th, more than a second off the top of the grid. 

Rins' time beat the previous best-lap record of 2'09.888 set by Javier Simeon in 2015.

Results:

Pos. No. Rider Bike Time Diff. / Prev.
1 40 Alex RINS Kalex 2'09.564  
2 24 Simone CORSI Speed Up 2'09.744 0.180 / 0.180
3 5 Johann ZARCO Kalex 2'09.760 0.196 / 0.016
4 30 Takaaki NAKAGAMI Kalex 2'09.890 0.326 / 0.130
5 23 Marcel SCHROTTER Kalex 2'10.372 0.808 / 0.482
6 22 Sam LOWES Kalex 2'10.435 0.871 / 0.063
7 11 Sandro CORTESE Kalex 2'10.465 0.901 / 0.030
8 12 Thomas LUTHI Kalex 2'10.521 0.957 / 0.056
9 77 Dominique AEGERTER Kalex 2'10.551 0.987 / 0.030
10 39 Luis SALOM Kalex 2'10.674 1.110 / 0.123
11 94 Jonas FOLGER Kalex 2'10.772 1.208 / 0.098
12 21 Franco MORBIDELLI Kalex 2'10.849 1.285 / 0.077
13 60 Julian SIMON Speed Up 2'10.878 1.314 / 0.029
14 73 Alex MARQUEZ Kalex 2'10.897 1.333 / 0.019
15 55 Hafizh SYAHRIN Kalex 2'10.940 1.376 / 0.043
16 7 Lorenzo BALDASSARRI Kalex 2'11.003 1.439 / 0.063
17 49 Axel PONS Kalex 2'11.383 1.819 / 0.380
18 19 Xavier SIMEON Speed Up 2'11.397 1.833 / 0.014
19 32 Isaac VIÑALES Tech 3 2'11.616 2.052 / 0.219
20 10 Luca MARINI Kalex 2'11.639 2.075 / 0.023
21 54 Mattia PASINI Kalex 2'11.639 2.075
22 44 Miguel OLIVEIRA Kalex 2'11.698 2.134 / 0.059
23 2 Jesko RAFFIN Kalex 2'12.109 2.545 / 0.411
24 52 Danny KENT Kalex 2'12.560 2.996 / 0.451
25 70 Robin MULHAUSER Kalex 2'12.591 3.027 / 0.031
26 97 Xavi VIERGE Tech 3 2'12.679 3.115 / 0.088
27 8 Efren VAZQUEZ Suter 2'13.073 3.509 / 0.394
28 14 Ratthapark WILAIROT Kalex 2'13.079 3.515 / 0.006
29 33 Alessandro TONUCCI Kalex 2'13.729 4.165 / 0.650
           

 

Round Number: 
3
2016
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