2017 Spielberg Moto2 FP2 Result: Morbidelli Steals One From Luthi

After suffering the worst of FP1 conditions, the intermediate class lucked into a dry track for their second practice session.

Franco Morbidelli put this morning’s crash behind him – as did a significant portion of the grid – and took charge at the top of the timesheets in his early laps, followed by the usual Italian gang, but the party was paused by Miguel Oliveira stealing the lead with twewnty minutes remaining and Mattia Pasini following his example ten minutes later. A front end save and a big wheelie after, Pasini was third time unlucky and crashed in turn one.

While dusting himself off, his top spot was being disputed by the usual suspects. Tom Luthi looked distinctly average until he made a swift late jump into the lead, but was denied at the final try by Morbidelli, the championship leader going three hundredths of a second faster than his Swiss rival.

Another tenth of a second separated Luthi in second from Oliveira in third, with Pasini having to accept fourth spot on the final standings while he took the long route back to the paddock following his crash. Isaac Viñales was close to throwing his name into the mix for top spot but a few tricky slower sectors meant that the Spaniard settled for fifth position.

Fabio Quartararo found himself in an unusual predicament, the Pons rider unzipping his leathers while on track in the middle of the session. If it was indeed a wasp, it gave him some sort of minor superpowers because the Frenchman placed in an encouraging sixth – at one point even higher.

Alex Marquez made a steady climb throughout the session to finish seventh, four tenths down on his teammate and closely followed by Pecco Bagnaia. The top ten was completed by Sandro Cortese and Takaaki Nakagami.

Results:               

Pos. Num. Rider Bike Time Gap 1st Prev.
1 21 Franco MORBIDELLI Kalex 1'30.211    
2 12 Thomas LUTHI Kalex 1'30.242 0.031 0.031
3 44 Miguel OLIVEIRA KTM 1'30.394 0.183 0.152
4 54 Mattia PASINI Kalex 1'30.421 0.210 0.027
5 32 Isaac VIÑALES Kalex 1'30.473 0.262 0.052
6 40 Fabio QUARTARARO Kalex 1'30.544 0.333 0.071
7 73 Alex MARQUEZ Kalex 1'30.618 0.407 0.074
8 42 Francesco BAGNAIA Kalex 1'30.702 0.491 0.084
9 11 Sandro CORTESE Suter 1'30.750 0.539 0.048
10 30 Takaaki NAKAGAMI Kalex 1'30.803 0.592 0.053
11 55 Hafizh SYAHRIN Kalex 1'30.830 0.619 0.027
12 77 Dominique AEGERTER Suter 1'30.854 0.643 0.024
13 10 Luca MARINI Kalex 1'30.921 0.710 0.067
14 24 Simone CORSI Speed Up 1'31.011 0.800 0.090
15 9 Jorge NAVARRO Kalex 1'31.123 0.912 0.112
16 97 Xavi VIERGE Tech 3 1'31.188 0.977 0.065
17 19 Xavier SIMEON Kalex 1'31.240 1.029 0.052
18 41 Brad BINDER KTM 1'31.305 1.094 0.065
19 62 Stefano MANZI Kalex 1'31.332 1.121 0.027
20 49 Axel PONS Kalex 1'31.353 1.142 0.021
21 87 Remy GARDNER Tech 3 1'31.468 1.257 0.115
22 45 Tetsuta NAGASHIMA Kalex 1'31.498 1.287 0.030
23 27 Iker LECUONA Kalex 1'31.522 1.311 0.024
24 7 Lorenzo BALDASSARRI Kalex 1'31.528 1.317 0.006
25 57 Edgar PONS Kalex 1'31.627 1.416 0.099
26 5 Andrea LOCATELLI Kalex 1'31.752 1.541 0.125
27 89 Khairul Idham PAWI Kalex 1'31.823 1.612 0.071
28 37 Augusto FERNANDEZ Speed Up 1'31.932 1.721 0.109
29 2 Jesko RAFFIN Kalex 1'31.978 1.767 0.046
30 20 Joe ROBERTS Kalex 1'32.074 1.863 0.096
31 52 Danny KENT Suter 1'32.103 1.892 0.029
32 6 Tarran MACKENZIE Suter 1'32.836 2.625 0.733
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2017
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