2017 Jerez Moto2 FP1 Result: Monsoon Marquez Reaches Jerez

It’s a pretty safe bet that Alex Marquez loves Jerez right now. Who would have thought this time last year that today we’d be talking about the younger Marquez dominating a session - and not for the first time this season?

However, the rain in Spain seems to suit him particularly well, the Marc VDS rider taking it one step further by grabbing the top seat right out the garage and building a gap of over one and a half seconds to the challengers, if you can still call them that considering the advantage. Marquez was the only one able to go into the 1:58s, everyone else failing to even drop under the 2-minute barrier for much of the session.

Title leader Franco Morbidelli appeared to be the closest rival, before getting pushed back by likely and less likely riders, ending the session in twelfth position. Ricky Cardus was probably the most surprising name, Binder’s replacement still showing serious speed around the Spanish track, finishing second and cutting Marquez’s advantage to one second.

Tetsuta Nagashima was another nice surprise, the Japanese rider ending up third and very close to Cardus. Hafizh Syahrin showed off his nickname once again, swimming his way into fourth position and last into the 1:39s. Isaac Viñales couldn’t manage that time but he completed the top five, wih Yonny Hernandez a familiar face in sixth position.

Miguel Oliveira and Jorge Navarro also showed some pace early on but eventually fell (literally in Navarro’s case) to eighth and ninth place, almost two seconds down on Marquez - even more than that for Tom Luthi in thirteenth position.

Results:

Pos. Num. Rider Bike Time Gap 1st Prev.
1 73 Alex MARQUEZ Kalex 1'58.299    
2 88 Ricard CARDUS KTM 1'59.339 1.040 1.040
3 45 Tetsuta NAGASHIMA Kalex 1'59.357 1.058 0.018
4 55 Hafizh SYAHRIN Kalex 1'59.769 1.470 0.412
5 32 Isaac VIÑALES Kalex 2'00.011 1.712 0.242
6 68 Yonny HERNANDEZ Kalex 2'00.020 1.721 0.009
7 97 Xavi VIERGE Tech 3 2'00.092 1.793 0.072
8 44 Miguel OLIVEIRA KTM 2'00.160 1.861 0.068
9 9 Jorge NAVARRO Kalex 2'00.296 1.997 0.136
10 2 Jesko RAFFIN Kalex 2'00.369 2.070 0.073
11 23 Marcel SCHROTTER Suter 2'00.427 2.128 0.058
12 21 Franco MORBIDELLI Kalex 2'00.532 2.233 0.105
13 12 Thomas LUTHI Kalex 2'00.572 2.273 0.040
14 89 Khairul Idham PAWI Kalex 2'00.640 2.341 0.068
15 19 Xavier SIMEON Kalex 2'00.644 2.345 0.004
16 40 Fabio QUARTARARO Kalex 2'00.759 2.460 0.115
17 77 Dominique AEGERTER Suter 2'00.947 2.648 0.188
18 24 Simone CORSI Speed Up 2'01.009 2.710 0.062
19 54 Mattia PASINI Kalex 2'01.195 2.896 0.186
20 5 Andrea LOCATELLI Kalex 2'01.269 2.970 0.074
21 10 Luca MARINI Kalex 2'01.310 3.011 0.041
22 7 Lorenzo BALDASSARRI Kalex 2'01.414 3.115 0.104
23 62 Stefano MANZI Kalex 2'01.484 3.185 0.070
24 27 Iker LECUONA Kalex 2'01.771 3.472 0.287
25 11 Sandro CORTESE Suter 2'01.848 3.549 0.077
26 30 Takaaki NAKAGAMI Kalex 2'02.074 3.775 0.226
27 49 Axel PONS Kalex 2'02.150 3.851 0.076
28 22 Federico FULIGNI Suter 2'02.209 3.910 0.059
29 57 Edgar PONS Kalex 2'02.231 3.932 0.022
30 42 Francesco BAGNAIA Kalex 2'02.282 3.983 0.051
31 87 Remy GARDNER Tech 3 2'03.384 5.085 1.102
32 47 Axel BASSANI Speed Up 2'03.728 5.429 0.344

 

Round Number: 
4
2017
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