2017 Assen Moto2 FP3 Result: Morbidelli's Successful Rain Dance

Rain had just stopped by the time the intermediate class started play and it was the usual suspects who put their names at the top of the timesheets on a wet circuit. The field also got its fair share of crashes, including Xavi Vierge (who unfortunately broke a thumb), Jorge Navarro, Takaaki Nakagami and Luca Marini.

With the tricky conditions, the gaps at the top were significant. Franco Morbidelli proved his speed around the Dutch circuit both in the dry and the wet, the Italian blasting his way into the 1:52s, the only rider to do that and ending up leading the session by one tenth of a second.

Teammate Alex Marquez wobbled his way into second position and cut the gap to Morbidelli from six tenths to only one, asserting the domination of team EG 0,0 Marc VDS for yet another weekend.

Mattia Pasini might have looked like he was struggling slightly in the dry but the rain brought him back into play, the Italian finishing third but almost eight tenths down on the leader.

Yonny Hernandez decided that rain was a good opportunity to remind us of his presence, the AGR rider less than a tenth down on Pasini and into fourth position. Hafizh Syahrin also remembered he was tipped as an expert on rainy days, the Malaysian snatching fifth spot.

Lorenzo Baldassarri also had a reasonable morning, putting Forward Racing into sixth position, in front of Marcel Schrotter, Sandro Cortese and Simone Corsi.

The top ten was completed by Tom Luthi, the Swiss rider struggling almost two seconds down on his main championship rival. Still, things could have been worse – he could’ve been in Miguel Oliveira’s position, in twenty-fifth and three and a half seconds down.

Results:

Pos. Num. Rider Bike Time Gap 1st Prev.
1 21 Franco MORBIDELLI Kalex 1'52.973    
2 73 Alex MARQUEZ Kalex 1'53.088 0.115 0.115
3 54 Mattia PASINI Kalex 1'53.752 0.779 0.664
4 68 Yonny HERNANDEZ Kalex 1'53.829 0.856 0.077
5 55 Hafizh SYAHRIN Kalex 1'54.108 1.135 0.279
6 7 Lorenzo BALDASSARRI Kalex 1'54.174 1.201 0.066
7 23 Marcel SCHROTTER Suter 1'54.365 1.392 0.191
8 11 Sandro CORTESE Suter 1'54.755 1.782 0.390
9 24 Simone CORSI Speed Up 1'54.761 1.788 0.006
10 12 Thomas LUTHI Kalex 1'54.769 1.796 0.008
11 2 Jesko RAFFIN Kalex 1'54.804 1.831 0.035
12 45 Tetsuta NAGASHIMA Kalex 1'54.823 1.850 0.019
13 42 Francesco BAGNAIA Kalex 1'55.262 2.289 0.439
14 49 Axel PONS Kalex 1'55.270 2.297 0.008
15 57 Edgar PONS Kalex 1'55.390 2.417 0.120
16 32 Isaac VIÑALES Kalex 1'55.395 2.422 0.005
17 77 Dominique AEGERTER Suter 1'55.509 2.536 0.114
18 19 Xavier SIMEON Kalex 1'55.530 2.557 0.021
19 87 Remy GARDNER Tech 3 1'55.717 2.744 0.187
20 10 Luca MARINI Kalex 1'55.860 2.887 0.143
21 5 Andrea LOCATELLI Kalex 1'55.889 2.916 0.029
22 41 Brad BINDER KTM 1'56.232 3.259 0.343
23 6 Tarran MACKENZIE Suter 1'56.432 3.459 0.200
24 30 Takaaki NAKAGAMI Kalex 1'56.456 3.483 0.024
25 44 Miguel OLIVEIRA KTM 1'56.552 3.579 0.096
26 9 Jorge NAVARRO Kalex 1'57.092 4.119 0.540
27 62 Stefano MANZI Kalex 1'57.326 4.353 0.234
28 40 Fabio QUARTARARO Kalex 1'57.907 4.934 0.581
29 89 Khairul Idham PAWI Kalex 1'59.076 6.103 1.169
30 27 Iker LECUONA Kalex 1'59.575 6.602 0.499
  97 Xavi VIERGE Tech 3 2'01.080 8.107 1.505
  37 Augusto FERNANDEZ Speed Up 2'02.347 9.374 1.267
Round Number: 
8
2017
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Go Marc VDS team!! Great speed from the class acts of Moto2 Morbidelli & Alex Marquez the other brother.