2017 Silverstone Moto2 FP1 Result: Aegerter Steals It From Marquez

After the topsy-turvy premier class session, the Moto2 boys basked in the sunny twenty degrees and took it steady. Alex Marquez grabbed an early lead in FP1, ahead of the usual suspects, everyone then setting to work and no longer troubling the timesheets until the final ten minutes of the session.

Even with the late improvements reducing the gaps in the top ten, there were few changes in the ranking, Marquez sneaking in some late red sectors but eventually being dethroned by Dominique Aegerter on the softer rear tyre. The EG0,0 Marc VDS rider remained second, almost two tenths down, with Miguel Oliveira only two hundredths of a second behind him.

Lorenzo Baldassarri was a very pleasant surprise, the Italian consistently in the top four and ahead of some usual podium contenders. Case in point, championship leader Franco Morbidelli was fifth, less than a tenth of a second behind his fellow VR46 Academy rider.

Takaaki Nakagami’s newly announced contract with LCR Honda proved motivational, the Japanese rider starting his weekend a little more positively than of late in sixth position. Two hundredths of a second back was Simone Corsi, with future MotoGP graduate Tom Luthi in eighth spot, nearly four tenths down on the leader.

Mattia Pasini was the final rider within half a second of Aegerter, with Isaac Viñales completing the top ten.

Lower down the order, it proved a tricky morning for the likes of Pecco Bagnaia in eighteenth position, Luca Marini in twentieth and still-convalescent Fabio Quartararo in thirtieth spot.

Results:

Pos. Num. Rider Bike Time Gap 1st Prev.
1 77 Dominique AEGERTER Suter 2'08.191    
2 73 Alex MARQUEZ Kalex 2'08.363 0.172 0.172
3 44 Miguel OLIVEIRA KTM 2'08.385 0.194 0.022
4 7 Lorenzo BALDASSARRI Kalex 2'08.449 0.258 0.064
5 21 Franco MORBIDELLI Kalex 2'08.522 0.331 0.073
6 30 Takaaki NAKAGAMI Kalex 2'08.554 0.363 0.032
7 24 Simone CORSI Speed Up 2'08.574 0.383 0.020
8 12 Thomas LUTHI Kalex 2'08.575 0.384 0.001
9 54 Mattia PASINI Kalex 2'08.728 0.537 0.153
10 32 Isaac VIÑALES Kalex 2'08.993 0.802 0.265
11 97 Xavi VIERGE Tech 3 2'09.036 0.845 0.043
12 55 Hafizh SYAHRIN Kalex 2'09.308 1.117 0.272
13 9 Jorge NAVARRO Kalex 2'09.469 1.278 0.161
14 41 Brad BINDER KTM 2'09.573 1.382 0.104
15 11 Sandro CORTESE Suter 2'09.610 1.419 0.037
16 87 Remy GARDNER Tech 3 2'09.722 1.531 0.112
17 27 Iker LECUONA Kalex 2'09.825 1.634 0.103
18 42 Francesco BAGNAIA Kalex 2'09.870 1.679 0.045
19 49 Axel PONS Kalex 2'09.966 1.775 0.096
20 10 Luca MARINI Kalex 2'09.977 1.786 0.011
21 37 Augusto FERNANDEZ Speed Up 2'10.020 1.829 0.043
22 45 Tetsuta NAGASHIMA Kalex 2'10.194 2.003 0.174
23 2 Jesko RAFFIN Kalex 2'10.251 2.060 0.057
24 5 Andrea LOCATELLI Kalex 2'10.671 2.480 0.420
25 15 Alex DE ANGELIS Kalex 2'10.704 2.513 0.033
26 20 Joe ROBERTS Kalex 2'10.921 2.730 0.217
27 94 Jake DIXON Suter 2'11.022 2.831 0.101
28 57 Edgar PONS Kalex 2'11.083 2.892 0.061
29 6 Tarran MACKENZIE Suter 2'11.104 2.913 0.021
30 40 Fabio QUARTARARO Kalex 2'11.140 2.949 0.036
31 62 Stefano MANZI Kalex 2'11.193 3.002 0.053
32 89 Khairul Idham PAWI Kalex 2'13.863 5.672 2.670
Round Number: 
12
2017
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I note that Mackenzie and Dixon are finding Grand Prix racing to be somewhat different to BSB.