2018 Qatar Moto2 FP1 Result: Baldassarri Reborn

The intermediate class had no trouble warming up after a long winter in the thirty odd degrees of Qatar and one name who definitely benefited from a change in scenery is Lorenzo Baldassarri. The Italian made the jump to the Pons team after an underwhelming 2017 campaign and the first signs are extremely encouraging, Baldassarri consistently in the top five of FP1 and leaving it late to sneak ahead of his challengers and grab the headlines by two tenths of a second.

Miguel Oliveira won’t be a surprise in second position as KTM’s lead title campaigner, the Portuguese rider narrowly edging ahead of the surprise of the session. Romano Fenati got a head start in the battle of the Moto2 rookies, the Italian making a late jump into the top three and if that wasn’t impressive enough, he actually topped the session briefly. The sole Marinelli Snipers Team rider eventually had to settle for third, five hundredths of a second behind Oliveria, but he surely has no complaints about that performance.

Seen as another big title contender, Alex Marquez started his season in true Marquez fashion, having a big moment while leading the session early on. The Spaniard dropped to fourth in the standings despite a few further improvements to his lap time, finishing three tenths down on the leader.

Two more names that consistently got in the way of Marquez and Baldassarri throughout the session were Marcel Schrotter and Jorge Navarro, who ended up fifth and sixth. After an eventful 2017 season, Navarro seems more settled in the intermediate class, comfortably mingled with the favourites from the off and kept very much within track limits.

It was an innocuous start for another Moto2 headliner, Pecco Bagnaia steadily climbing into the top seven, half a second off the leader and followed by his equally notorious compatriot, Mattia Pasini in eighth position. The top ten was completed by Remy Gardner and Brad Binder.

Reigning Moto3 champion Joan Mir took it easy on his first official outing in the class and made his way to eighteenth position, one second down on Baldassarri.

Results:

Pos. Num. Rider Bike Time Gap 1st Prev.
1 7 Lorenzo BALDASSARRI Kalex 2'01.601    
2 44 Miguel OLIVEIRA KTM 2'01.837 0.236 0.236
3 13 Romano FENATI Kalex 2'01.890 0.289 0.053
4 73 Alex MARQUEZ Kalex 2'01.953 0.352 0.063
5 23 Marcel SCHROTTER Suter 2'02.046 0.445 0.093
6 9 Jorge NAVARRO Kalex 2'02.112 0.511 0.066
7 42 Francesco BAGNAIA Kalex 2'02.176 0.575 0.064
8 54 Mattia PASINI Kalex 2'02.228 0.627 0.052
9 87 Remy GARDNER Tech 3 2'02.327 0.726 0.099
10 41 Brad BINDER KTM 2'02.352 0.751 0.025
11 77 Dominique AEGERTER KTM 2'02.384 0.783 0.032
12 97 Xavi VIERGE Kalex 2'02.419 0.818 0.035
13 10 Luca MARINI Kalex 2'02.420 0.819 0.001
14 52 Danny KENT Speed Up 2'02.449 0.848 0.029
15 24 Simone CORSI Kalex 2'02.476 0.875 0.027
16 22 Sam LOWES KTM 2'02.477 0.876 0.001
17 40 Hector BARBERA Kalex 2'02.565 0.964 0.088
18 36 Joan MIR Kalex 2'02.684 1.083 0.119
19 64 Bo BENDSNEYDER Tech 3 2'02.942 1.341 0.258
20 27 Iker LECUONA KTM 2'02.953 1.352 0.011
21 20 Fabio QUARTARARO Speed Up 2'02.967 1.366 0.014
22 32 Isaac VIÑALES Kalex 2'03.067 1.466 0.100
23 16 Joe ROBERTS NTS 2'03.282 1.681 0.215
24 62 Stefano MANZI Suter 2'03.433 1.832 0.151
25 5 Andrea LOCATELLI Kalex 2'03.500 1.899 0.067
26 4 Steven ODENDAAL NTS 2'03.787 2.186 0.287
27 45 Tetsuta NAGASHIMA Kalex 2'03.998 2.397 0.211
28 51 Eric GRANADO Suter 2'04.335 2.734 0.337
29 89 Khairul Idham PAWI Kalex 2'04.370 2.769 0.035
30 95 Jules DANILO Kalex 2'04.661 3.060 0.291
31 63 Zulfahmi KHAIRUDDIN Kalex 2'05.848 4.247 1.187
32 21 Federico FULIGNI Kalex 2'06.644 5.043 0.796
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