If you skipped the previous FP3 sessions, you would never guess the struggles of the premier class judging by the clear and sunny skies that welcomed the Moto2 grid. Back to slicks it was but the intermediate class still had to face jumpers & gloves conditions.
On a drying track, not only did the times tumble but also the riders themselves, with some fast crashes for the likes of Iker Lecuona, Lorenzo Baldassarri or Axel Pons. Miguel Oliveira escaped that faith to set himself at the top of the timesheets early in the session and holding station through the brief lull caused by some new drops of rain falling in the final fifteen minutes. The Portuguese rider went on to improve his own time and put a gap of six tenths into the pursuers.
A late improvement from Pecco Bagnaia reduced the gap to three tenths, while an excellent effort from Simone Corsi pushed him up to third despite the Italian missing significant track action on Friday. Franco Morbidelli didn’t set the session alight but the world championship leader played it safe into fourth position, seven tenths off the lead. Brad Binder has had one of his better practice sessions this season with a fifth place eight tenths off the pace of his teammate.
Marcel Schrotter also joined the crash list in turn four while running second in the session, the late improvers dropping him to sixth position. Remy Gardner also had an impressive morning in seventh spot, despite a very late slip in turn six. The top ten was completed by Andrea Locatelli, Jesko Raffin and Sandro Cortese, the final trio to post a time within a second of Oliveira.
Amongst some of the other usual suspects, Alex Marquez gave himself a wake-up call with a trek through the grass in turn eight in the debut of the session and the Spaniard failed to improve in the later stages of the session to finish eleventh. Mattia Pasini also showed a soft spot for the gravel trap in turn ten in the final ten minutes and could not do any better than thirteenth. Tom Luthi ended up in a lowly fifteenth position but only trailing his title rival by three tenths. Friday leader Takaaki Nakagami had a pretty unlucky day, joining the action late, causing an incident with Edgar Pons due to the cold conditions and only completing six times laps – good enough for twenty-third spot.
|3||24||Simone CORSI||Speed Up||1'34.546||0.627||0.306|
|7||87||Remy GARDNER||Tech 3||1'34.883||0.964||0.112|
|12||97||Xavi VIERGE||Tech 3||1'34.952||1.033||0.026|
|17||37||Augusto FERNANDEZ||Speed Up||1'35.476||1.557||0.054|
|18||89||Khairul Idham PAWI||Kalex||1'35.505||1.586||0.029|