2017 Le Mans Moto2 FP1 Result: A Sunny Morning For Baldassarri

Did someone say wet? Hafizh Syahrin probably said enthusiastically as he headed out for the intermediate class’ first practice session. While the Malaysian rider was the first leader of the session, he dropped back on a drying track and let the usual contenders fight it out at the top.

The Moto2 class had the honour of actually seeing extended patches of blue sky amongst the clouds, although the track kept some slightly damp patches throughout. The blue-wearing men usually dominating proceedings at this point in the weekend let some other names have their way at the top, Lorenzo Baldassarri grabbing the spotlight in the final minutes of the session, as threatening dark clouds were gathering once again.

Championship leader Franco Morbidelli overcame a small crash to finish second, a mere hundredth of a second separating him from his VR46 Academy colleague at the front. Another Italian graduate completed the top three, Pecco Bagnaia on a confidence high after the good result in Jerez.

Mattia Pasini confirms once again that he has got good pace with a fourth position, in front of usual podium contender Takaaki Nakagami and a continuously-impressive Xavi Vierge.

Early leader Dominique Aegerter dropped down to seventh place, with Jerez winner Alex Marquez a further two positions behind him. With Miguel Oliveira thirteenth and Tom Luthi seventeenth, the top seventeen riders were covered by one second.

Results:

Pos. Num. Rider Bike Time Gap 1st Prev.
1 7 Lorenzo BALDASSARRI Kalex 1'38.158    
2 21 Franco MORBIDELLI Kalex 1'38.169 0.011 0.011
3 42 Francesco BAGNAIA Kalex 1'38.315 0.157 0.146
4 54 Mattia PASINI Kalex 1'38.363 0.205 0.048
5 30 Takaaki NAKAGAMI Kalex 1'38.462 0.304 0.099
6 97 Xavi VIERGE Tech 3 1'38.509 0.351 0.047
7 77 Dominique AEGERTER Suter 1'38.545 0.387 0.036
8 24 Simone CORSI Speed Up 1'38.740 0.582 0.195
9 10 Luca MARINI Kalex 1'38.747 0.589 0.007
10 73 Alex MARQUEZ Kalex 1'38.767 0.609 0.020
11 68 Yonny HERNANDEZ Kalex 1'38.797 0.639 0.030
12 32 Isaac VIÑALES Kalex 1'38.811 0.653 0.014
13 44 Miguel OLIVEIRA KTM 1'38.898 0.740 0.087
14 19 Xavier SIMEON Kalex 1'38.904 0.746 0.006
15 55 Hafizh SYAHRIN Kalex 1'38.995 0.837 0.091
16 49 Axel PONS Kalex 1'39.076 0.918 0.081
17 12 Thomas LUTHI Kalex 1'39.121 0.963 0.045
18 23 Marcel SCHROTTER Suter 1'39.234 1.076 0.113
19 88 Ricard CARDUS KTM 1'39.268 1.110 0.034
20 5 Andrea LOCATELLI Kalex 1'39.326 1.168 0.058
21 27 Iker LECUONA Kalex 1'39.415 1.257 0.089
22 9 Jorge NAVARRO Kalex 1'39.451 1.293 0.036
23 2 Jesko RAFFIN Kalex 1'39.456 1.298 0.005
24 40 Fabio QUARTARARO Kalex 1'39.611 1.453 0.155
25 11 Sandro CORTESE Suter 1'39.651 1.493 0.040
26 87 Remy GARDNER Tech 3 1'39.917 1.759 0.266
27 62 Stefano MANZI Kalex 1'40.076 1.918 0.159
28 45 Tetsuta NAGASHIMA Kalex 1'40.079 1.921 0.003
29 6 Tarran MACKENZIE Suter 1'41.046 2.888 0.967
30 89 Khairul Idham PAWI Kalex 1'41.142 2.984 0.096
31 47 Axel BASSANI Speed Up 1'41.343 3.185 0.201
32 57 Edgar PONS Kalex 1'42.260 4.102 0.917
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2017
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