2017 Sepang Moto2 FP1: Oliveira Jumps To The Top

Miguel Oliveira just nipped World Championship points leader Franco Morbidelli to lead FP1 at the Sepang circuit in Malaysia Friday. Championship contender Thomas Luthi stayed in the hunt with a third-best time of 2'06.950, less than a tenth from the top spot. The top three riders in the first practice session -- who also are the top three riders in the standings -- were separated by less than a tenth of a second. 

Oliveira won last week's contest at Philip Island with Morbidelli in third and Luthi well back in 10th. Luthi, who is 29 points behind Morbidelli, must finish at least five points in front of the Moto2 leader to keep his title hopes alive for the final race in Spain on Nov. 12.

Takaaki Nakagami set a fast final lap to climb into fourth and bump Mattia Pasini into fifth. Isaac Vinales indicated a possible return to form with a sixth-fastest showing while Alex Marquez (7th) remained slightly off the pace at seven-tenths behind.

Results:

Pos. No. Rider Bike Time Diff. / Prev.  
1 44 Miguel OLIVEIRA KTM 2'06.856    
2 21 Franco MORBIDELLI Kalex 2'06.929 0.073 / 0.073
3 12 Thomas LUTHI Kalex 2'06.950 0.094 / 0.021
4 30 Takaaki NAKAGAMI Kalex 2'07.086 0.230 / 0.136
5 54 Mattia PASINI Kalex 2'07.284 0.428 / 0.198
6 32 Isaac VIÑALES Kalex 2'07.342 0.486 / 0.058
7 73 Alex MARQUEZ Kalex 2'07.620 0.764 / 0.278
8 40 Fabio QUARTARARO Kalex 2'07.701 0.845 / 0.081
9 11 Sandro CORTESE Suter 2'07.709 0.853 / 0.008
10 7 Lorenzo BALDASSARRI Kalex 2'07.902 1.046 / 0.193
11 24 Simone CORSI Speed Up 2'07.925 1.069 / 0.023
12 55 Hafizh SYAHRIN Kalex 2'07.970 1.114 / 0.045
13 42 Francesco BAGNAIA Kalex 2'07.972 1.116 / 0.002
14 49 Axel PONS Kalex 2'08.025 1.169 / 0.053
15 97 Xavi VIERGE Tech 3 2'08.086 1.230 / 0.061
16 37 Augusto FERNANDEZ Speed Up 2'08.333 1.477 / 0.247
17 87 Remy GARDNER Tech 3 2'08.433 1.577 / 0.100
18 23 Marcel SCHROTTER Suter 2'08.659 1.803 / 0.226
19 5 Andrea LOCATELLI Kalex 2'08.692 1.836 / 0.033
20 41 Brad BINDER KTM 2'08.713 1.857 / 0.021
21 45 Tetsuta NAGASHIMA Kalex 2'08.784 1.928 / 0.071
22 62 Stefano MANZI Kalex 2'08.840 1.984 / 0.056
23 57 Edgar PONS Kalex 2'08.854 1.998 / 0.014
24 2 Jesko RAFFIN Kalex 2'09.044 2.188 / 0.190
25 15 Alex DE ANGELIS Kalex 2'09.083 2.227 / 0.039
26 27 Iker LECUONA Kalex 2'09.391 2.535 / 0.308
27 89 Khairul Idham PAWI Kalex 2'09.485 2.629 / 0.094
28 10 Luca MARINI Kalex 2'09.627 2.771 / 0.142
29 26 Dimas EKKY PRATAMA Kalex 2'09.742 2.886 / 0.115
 

 

Round Number: 
17
2017
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