2016 Assen Moto2 FP2 Result: Luthi Leads, Nakagami Follows

Takaaki Nakagami took another step towards that illusory first win by starting the session on top, yet finished with a front end crash in the final few minutes of FP2. The Japanese rider had already been dethroned by Thomas Luthi, the Swiss going four tenths faster than this morning’s pace, followed by Sam Lowes in a consistent third.

It was a more optimistic session for the Marc VDS team, at least in terms of pace, with Alex Marquez and Franco Morbidelli placed as high as fourth and fifth, before Marquez took a stroll through the gravel with half his bike under his arm after a rather spectacular crash with fifteen minutes to go.

Johann Zarco may have pulled an impressive wheelie in the final chicane but only finished sixth, failing to improve on his FP1 time. Title rival Alex Rins was left with quite a lot to do after an early crash six minutes into the session, rejoining the party with eight minutes to go, after some stupendous work from his crew. He managed to get some final laps in, his best time placing him into ninth, half a second from the leader.

Results:

Pos No. Rider Bike Time Gap Gap Previous
1 12 Thomas LUTHI Kalex 1'37.962    
2 30 Takaaki NAKAGAMI Kalex 1'38.229 0.267 0.267
3 22 Sam LOWES Kalex 1'38.320 0.358 0.091
4 73 Alex MARQUEZ Kalex 1'38.371 0.409 0.051
5 21 Franco MORBIDELLI Kalex 1'38.406 0.444 0.035
6 5 Johann ZARCO Kalex 1'38.407 0.445 0.001
7 11 Sandro CORTESE Kalex 1'38.483 0.521 0.076
8 40 Alex RINS Kalex 1'38.536 0.574 0.053
9 7 Lorenzo BALDASSARRI Kalex 1'38.645 0.683 0.109
10 94 Jonas FOLGER Kalex 1'38.678 0.716 0.033
11 24 Simone CORSI Speed Up 1'38.760 0.798 0.082
12 44 Miguel OLIVEIRA Kalex 1'38.793 0.831 0.033
13 77 Dominique AEGERTER Kalex 1'38.820 0.858 0.027
14 52 Danny KENT Kalex 1'38.875 0.913 0.055
15 55 Hafizh SYAHRIN Kalex 1'38.960 0.998 0.085
16 23 Marcel SCHROTTER Kalex 1'38.983 1.021 0.023
17 60 Julian SIMON Speed Up 1'39.235 1.273 0.252
18 2 Jesko RAFFIN Kalex 1'39.364 1.402 0.129
19 10 Luca MARINI Kalex 1'39.368 1.406 0.004
20 54 Mattia PASINI Kalex 1'39.454 1.492 0.086
21 49 Axel PONS Kalex 1'39.454 1.492  
22 87 Remy GARDNER Kalex 1'39.564 1.602 0.110
23 19 Xavier SIMEON Speed Up 1'39.664 1.702 0.100
24 97 Xavi VIERGE Tech 3 1'39.950 1.988 0.286
25 57 Edgar PONS Kalex 1'40.222 2.260 0.272
26 70 Robin MULHAUSER Kalex 1'40.942 2.980 0.720
27 32 Isaac VIÑALES Tech 3 1'41.779 3.817 0.837
Round Number: 
8
2016
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