2017 Motegi Moto2 FP2 Result: Luthi Shows The Way

A bit more rain was on the menu for the intermediate class, causing the same familiar names to feature heavily in the second practice session. After leading FP1, Alex Marquez picked it up at the top but he was quickly pushed back by Tom Luthi, the Swiss rider putting half a second between the two of them. The Spaniard cut the gap to less than two tenths before Luthi blasted his own best time to outpace Marquez by over seven tenths of a second. The rollercoaster continued with the Marc VDS rider once again getting within two tenths. And that was just in the first fifteen minutes.

The indirect battle for the lead settled down on the following runs, the only significant event being Luthi uncharacteristically sliding out in turn three in the final twelve minutes. That started a bit of a festival of crashes lower down the timesheets, with the likes of Jorge Navarro, Xavier Simeon or Luca Marini touching gravel.

Miguel Oliveira also clocked a 2:05 to keep within touching distance of the two leaders but the pretenders were about a second off the pace of Luthi. Franco Morbidelli had a bit of catching up to do after his bike refused to collaborate at the start of the session and the Italian was fifth, nine tenths down. Simeon impressed in fifth place, despite the late crash, while Hafizh Syahrin didn’t quite repeat the good fortune of FP1 but scored a solid sixth.

The top ten was completed by Sandro Cortese, Dominique Aegerter and Tetsuta Nagashima. Pecco Bagnaia slotted into eleventh, nearly two seconds down on the leader, while Mattia Pasini continued to struggle in nineteenth place.

Results:               

Pos. Num. Rider Bike Time Gap 1st Prev.
1 12 Thomas LUTHI Kalex 2'05.282    
2 73 Alex MARQUEZ Kalex 2'05.478 0.196 0.196
3 44 Miguel OLIVEIRA KTM 2'05.807 0.525 0.329
4 21 Franco MORBIDELLI Kalex 2'06.220 0.938 0.413
5 19 Xavier SIMEON Kalex 2'06.228 0.946 0.008
6 55 Hafizh SYAHRIN Kalex 2'06.629 1.347 0.401
7 11 Sandro CORTESE Suter 2'06.641 1.359 0.012
8 77 Dominique AEGERTER Suter 2'06.873 1.591 0.232
9 45 Tetsuta NAGASHIMA Kalex 2'06.946 1.664 0.073
10 10 Luca MARINI Kalex 2'07.035 1.753 0.089
11 42 Francesco BAGNAIA Kalex 2'07.222 1.940 0.187
12 97 Xavi VIERGE Tech 3 2'07.278 1.996 0.056
13 30 Takaaki NAKAGAMI Kalex 2'07.312 2.030 0.034
14 7 Lorenzo BALDASSARRI Kalex 2'07.313 2.031 0.001
15 32 Isaac VIÑALES Kalex 2'07.487 2.205 0.174
16 9 Jorge NAVARRO Kalex 2'07.721 2.439 0.234
17 87 Remy GARDNER Tech 3 2'07.724 2.442 0.003
18 24 Simone CORSI Speed Up 2'07.740 2.458 0.016
19 54 Mattia PASINI Kalex 2'07.783 2.501 0.043
20 41 Brad BINDER KTM 2'07.906 2.624 0.123
21 37 Augusto FERNANDEZ Speed Up 2'07.953 2.671 0.047
22 27 Iker LECUONA Kalex 2'08.001 2.719 0.048
23 2 Jesko RAFFIN Kalex 2'08.002 2.720 0.001
24 89 Khairul Idham PAWI Kalex 2'08.107 2.825 0.105
25 62 Stefano MANZI Kalex 2'08.227 2.945 0.120
26 33 Ikuhiro ENOKIDO Kalex 2'08.335 3.053 0.108
27 6 Tarran MACKENZIE Suter 2'08.366 3.084 0.031
28 40 Fabio QUARTARARO Kalex 2'08.646 3.364 0.280
29 23 Marcel SCHROTTER Suter 2'09.233 3.951 0.587
30 34 Ryo MIZUNO Kalex 2'09.438 4.156 0.205
31 49 Axel PONS Kalex 2'09.902 4.620 0.464
32 57 Edgar PONS Kalex 2'10.002 4.720 0.100
33 5 Andrea LOCATELLI Kalex 2'10.898 5.616 0.896

 

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2017
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