2018 Argentina Moto2 FP2: Marquez outpaces rivals, rain

Alex Marquez jumped to the top of the sheet early in the session, finishing both in front of the Moto2 pack and the off-and-on rain that effectively ended Friday's FP2 session early. Marquez's 1'44.802 was well off the FP1 top time (set by Mattia Pasini) and even farther from the best Moto2 practice times of 2017.

The reason is an unpredictable Termas de Rio Hondo circuit. The track is slippery when dry but spotty rain throughout the session left the it too damp for full slicks but not wet enough for wet tires. Most riders pitted for good with eight minutes to go because they lacked much of a chance to learn or improve from FP1.

Miguel Oliveira grabbed the second spot with Xavi Vierge rounding out the top three.

Results:

Pos. No. Rider Bike Time Diff. / Prev.  
1 73 Alex MARQUEZ Kalex 1'44.802      
2 44 Miguel OLIVEIRA KTM 1'44.805 0.003 / 0.003
3 97 Xavi VIERGE Kalex 1'45.012 0.210 / 0.207
4 87 Remy GARDNER Tech 3 1'45.012 0.21  
5 22 Sam LOWES KTM 1'45.053 0.251 / 0.041
6 41 Brad BINDER KTM 1'45.055 0.253 / 0.002
7 54 Mattia PASINI Kalex 1'45.171 0.369 / 0.116
8 32 Isaac VIÑALES Kalex 1'45.385 0.583 / 0.214
9 36 Joan MIR Kalex 1'45.445 0.643 / 0.060
10 77 Dominique AEGERTER KTM 1'45.466 0.664 / 0.021
11 10 Luca MARINI Kalex 1'45.504 0.702 / 0.038
12 62 Stefano MANZI Suter 1'45.524 0.722 / 0.020
13 27 Iker LECUONA KTM 1'45.548 0.746 / 0.024
14 9 Jorge NAVARRO Kalex 1'45.676 0.874 / 0.128
15 40 Hector BARBERA Kalex 1'45.735 0.933 / 0.059
16 24 Simone CORSI Kalex 1'45.964 1.162 / 0.229
17 45 Tetsuta NAGASHIMA Kalex 1'46.107 1.305 / 0.143
18 7 Lorenzo BALDASSARRI Kalex 1'46.127 1.325 / 0.020
19 23 Marcel SCHROTTER Kalex 1'46.220 1.418 / 0.093
20 64 Bo BENDSNEYDER Tech 3 1'46.269 1.467 / 0.049
21 42 Francesco BAGNAIA Kalex 1'46.382 1.580 / 0.113
22 4 Steven ODENDAAL NTS 1'46.385 1.583 / 0.003
23 20 Fabio QUARTARARO Speed Up 1'46.518 1.716 / 0.133
24 5 Andrea LOCATELLI Kalex 1'46.570 1.768 / 0.052
25 13 Romano FENATI Kalex 1'46.577 1.775 / 0.007
26 52 Danny KENT Speed Up 1'46.630 1.828 / 0.053
27 16 Joe ROBERTS NTS 1'47.097 2.295 / 0.467
28 51 Eric GRANADO Suter 1'47.413 2.611 / 0.316
29 89 Khairul Idham PAWI Kalex 1'47.884 3.082 / 0.471
30 63 Zulfahmi KHAIRUDDIN Kalex 1'47.902 3.100 / 0.018
31 21 Federico FULIGNI Kalex 1'49.126 4.324 / 1.224
32 95 Jules DANILO Kalex 1'49.333 4.531 / 0.207
Round Number: 
2
2018
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