2017 Sepang Moto2 FP3: Morbidelli Dominates

Franco Morbidelli, Moto2 championship points leader, dominated the final practice before Saturday afternoon's qualifying session with a 2'06.605 at the Sepang circuit in Malaysia. While Morbidelli's time was a mere seven-hundredths of a second clear of Francesco Bagnaia (2nd), it was his consistency that should worry rivals. Morbidelli, who sits 29 points ahead of Thomas Luthi with one race remaining, spent much of the session in the 2'06s -- an indication of a relentless race pace.

Luthi, who is trying to prevent the Italian from clinching the championship this weekend, ended FP3 as fourth-fastest, just a shade slower than Miguel Oliveira (3rd.) Brad Binder had his best practice of the weekend by far with fifth, just two-tenths from the top. Alex Marquez set his best time late to take sixth. Mattia Passini joined Marquez in ther 2'07s for seventh just in front of mid-session crasher, Takaaki Nakagami (8th).

Results:

Pos. No. Rider Bike Time Diff. / Prev
1 21 Franco MORBIDELLI Kalex 2'06.605    
2 42 Francesco BAGNAIA Kalex 2'06.679 0.074 / 0.074
3 44 Miguel OLIVEIRA KTM 2'06.698 0.093 / 0.019
4 12 Thomas LUTHI Kalex 2'06.764 0.159 / 0.066
5 41 Brad BINDER KTM 2'06.872 0.267 / 0.108
6 73 Alex MARQUEZ Kalex 2'07.097 0.492 / 0.225
7 54 Mattia PASINI Kalex 2'07.252 0.647 / 0.155
8 30 Takaaki NAKAGAMI Kalex 2'07.266 0.661 / 0.014
9 7 Lorenzo BALDASSARRI Kalex 2'07.533 0.928 / 0.267
10 45 Tetsuta NAGASHIMA Kalex 2'07.570 0.965 / 0.037
11 55 Hafizh SYAHRIN Kalex 2'07.639 1.034 / 0.069
12 11 Sandro CORTESE Suter 2'07.648 1.043 / 0.009
13 32 Isaac VIÑALES Kalex 2'07.680 1.075 / 0.032
14 23 Marcel SCHROTTER Suter 2'07.910 1.305 / 0.230
15 40 Fabio QUARTARARO Kalex 2'08.014 1.409 / 0.104
16 24 Simone CORSI Speed Up 2'08.036 1.431 / 0.022
17 97 Xavi VIERGE Tech 3 2'08.064 1.459 / 0.028
18 5 Andrea LOCATELLI Kalex 2'08.104 1.499 / 0.040
19 49 Axel PONS Kalex 2'08.121 1.516 / 0.017
20 37 Augusto FERNANDEZ Speed Up 2'08.222 1.617 / 0.101
21 87 Remy GARDNER Tech 3 2'08.269 1.664 / 0.047
22 2 Jesko RAFFIN Kalex 2'08.284 1.679 / 0.015
23 10 Luca MARINI Kalex 2'08.335 1.730 / 0.051
24 62 Stefano MANZI Kalex 2'08.338 1.733 / 0.003
25 57 Edgar PONS Kalex 2'08.345 1.740 / 0.007
26 27 Iker LECUONA Kalex 2'08.488 1.883 / 0.143
27 89 Khairul Idham PAWI Kalex 2'08.585 1.980 / 0.097
28 26 Dimas EKKY PRATAMA Kalex 2'09.419 2.814 / 0.834
29 15 Alex DE ANGELIS Kalex 2'09.473 2.868 / 0.054
 

 

Round Number: 
17
2017
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