2016 Valencia Moto2 FP1 Result: The Luthi Resurgence Continues

With four consecutive podiums in the last races, Franco Morbidelli seemed to have gotten a taste for top positions, the Estrella Galicia rider being the first leader of the session. Just as Jonas Folger took over at the top of the pack, a red flag popped up with thirty-seven minutes to go, due to some fluid spilling in turn fourteen following a crash for Takaaki Nakagami. It was a rough morning for Nakagami, the Japanese rider having a few moments before the bike finally threw him off.

After the session was resumed, Thomas Luthi looked like threatening Folger’s position, getting as close as a tenth of a second before putting in a fast set of laps at the end to grab the top position. Folger lost second position too as Simone Corsi sneaked ahead of him in the final minutes.

Sam Lowes had a steady start, finding his feet outside the top five for much of the session, but eventually he proved to be one of the first real challengers to Folger’s position. The Brit led briefly but had to settle for fourth, a tenth of a second keeping him in front of Mattia Pasini and Morbidelli, with Sandro Cortese in close pursuit in seventh position.

World champion Johann Zarco wasn’t in a hurry this morning, the Frenchman down in eight and not offering any noteworthy moments. Similarly, Alex Rins was once again outside of the top ten, in twelfth position, the Spanish rider seeming to continue a rather disappointing run of events.

Results:

Pos. Num. Rider Bike Time Gap 1st Prev.
1 12 Thomas LUTHI Kalex 1'35.513    
2 24 Simone CORSI Speed Up 1'35.636 0.123 0.123
3 94 Jonas FOLGER Kalex 1'35.674 0.161 0.038
4 22 Sam LOWES Kalex 1'35.823 0.310 0.149
5 54 Mattia PASINI Kalex 1'35.968 0.455 0.145
6 21 Franco MORBIDELLI Kalex 1'35.998 0.485 0.030
7 11 Sandro CORTESE Kalex 1'36.042 0.529 0.044
8 5 Johann ZARCO Kalex 1'36.128 0.615 0.086
9 19 Xavier SIMEON Speed Up 1'36.157 0.644 0.029
10 23 Marcel SCHROTTER Kalex 1'36.157 0.644  
11 30 Takaaki NAKAGAMI Kalex 1'36.213 0.700 0.056
12 40 Alex RINS Kalex 1'36.241 0.728 0.028
13 60 Julian SIMON Speed Up 1'36.256 0.743 0.015
14 97 Xavi VIERGE Tech 3 1'36.274 0.761 0.018
15 87 Remy GARDNER Kalex 1'36.320 0.807 0.046
16 52 Danny KENT Kalex 1'36.425 0.912 0.105
17 7 Lorenzo BALDASSARRI Kalex 1'36.458 0.945 0.033
18 2 Jesko RAFFIN Kalex 1'36.467 0.954 0.009
19 57 Edgar PONS Kalex 1'36.529 1.016 0.062
20 44 Miguel OLIVEIRA Kalex 1'36.544 1.031 0.015
21 73 Alex MARQUEZ Kalex 1'36.569 1.056 0.025
22 49 Axel PONS Kalex 1'36.615 1.102 0.046
23 32 Isaac VIÑALES Tech 3 1'36.828 1.315 0.213
24 70 Robin MULHAUSER Kalex 1'37.082 1.569 0.254
25 14 Ratthapark WILAIROT Kalex 1'37.203 1.690 0.121
26 10 Luca MARINI Kalex 1'37.440 1.927 0.237
27 42 Federico FULIGNI Kalex 1'37.616 2.103 0.176
28 27 Iker LECUONA Kalex 1'37.934 2.421 0.318
29 16 Hugo CLERE Transfiormers 1'41.952 6.439 4.018
  55 Hafizh SYAHRIN Kalex      

 

Round Number: 
18
2016
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