2018 Jerez Moto2 FP1 Result: Bagnaia Blasts Off

In beautiful Spanish sunshine and with a nicely prepped surface, the intermediate class had a carefree session as several contenders presented themselves at the top of the timesheets, only three tenths off the circuit record by the end of proceedings. Some of the early leaders included Mattia Pasini and last year’s victor Alex Marquez but the first to make it stick and hold the lead for much of the session was the ever more impressive Iker Lecuona. The Spaniard was dethroned by teammate Sam Lowes with fifteen minutes left of the session but it was eventually Pecco Bagnaia who snatched top spot and triggered the final time attack.

Rather than being challenged at the top, the Italian consolidated his lead ahead of Lowes by nearly two tenths of a second. A more unusual name grabbed third at the flag, Romano Fenati consistently in the top ten throughout the morning session.

Alex Marquez was another consistent performer in fourth position, over three tenths down on Bagnaia. Miguel Oliveira left it late to make his mark but the Portuguese rider joined the party in fifth position.

Joan Mir continued his rapid progress with sixth spot in FP1, four tenths down on the leader and with Lecuona, Lorenzo Baldassarri, Jorge Navarro and Brad Binder completing the top ten all within a tenth of a second of the Moto3 champion. Early leader Pasini dropped back to eleventh, while the likes of Xavi Vierge and Luca Marini were left with a bit more work to do further down the timesheets.

Results:

Pos. Num. Rider Bike Time Gap 1st Prev.
1 42 Francesco BAGNAIA Kalex 1'42.836    
2 22 Sam LOWES KTM 1'43.019 0.183 0.183
3 13 Romano FENATI Kalex 1'43.116 0.280 0.097
4 73 Alex MARQUEZ Kalex 1'43.186 0.350 0.070
5 44 Miguel OLIVEIRA KTM 1'43.208 0.372 0.022
6 36 Joan MIR Kalex 1'43.237 0.401 0.029
7 27 Iker LECUONA KTM 1'43.242 0.406 0.005
8 7 Lorenzo BALDASSARRI Kalex 1'43.258 0.422 0.016
9 9 Jorge NAVARRO Kalex 1'43.279 0.443 0.021
10 41 Brad BINDER KTM 1'43.327 0.491 0.048
11 54 Mattia PASINI Kalex 1'43.444 0.608 0.117
12 52 Danny KENT Speed Up 1'43.502 0.666 0.058
13 89 Khairul Idham PAWI Kalex 1'43.570 0.734 0.068
14 97 Xavi VIERGE Kalex 1'43.672 0.836 0.102
15 64 Bo BENDSNEYDER Tech 3 1'43.693 0.857 0.021
16 4 Steven ODENDAAL NTS 1'43.712 0.876 0.019
17 45 Tetsuta NAGASHIMA Kalex 1'43.723 0.887 0.011
18 24 Simone CORSI Kalex 1'43.762 0.926 0.039
19 5 Andrea LOCATELLI Kalex 1'43.846 1.010 0.084
20 62 Stefano MANZI Suter 1'43.866 1.030 0.020
21 32 Isaac VIÑALES Kalex 1'43.871 1.035 0.005
22 20 Fabio QUARTARARO Speed Up 1'43.881 1.045 0.010
23 40 Hector BARBERA Kalex 1'44.035 1.199 0.154
24 10 Luca MARINI Kalex 1'44.083 1.247 0.048
25 23 Marcel SCHROTTER Kalex 1'44.171 1.335 0.088
26 51 Eric GRANADO Suter 1'44.414 1.578 0.243
27 16 Joe ROBERTS NTS 1'44.767 1.931 0.353
28 3 Lukas TULOVIC KTM 1'44.950 2.114 0.183
29 95 Jules DANILO Kalex 1'45.666 2.830 0.716
30 18 Xavi CARDELUS Kalex 1'45.896 3.060 0.230
31 14 Hector GARZO Tech 3 1'45.990 3.154 0.094
32 21 Federico FULIGNI Kalex 1'46.467 3.631 0.477
33 63 Zulfahmi KHAIRUDDIN Kalex 1'46.509 3.673 0.042
Round Number: 
4
2018
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