2018 Jerez Moto2 FP3 Result: Baldassarri Finds Speed Within The Lines

The intermediate class did one best than their colleagues and managed to improve on their Friday times straight out of the box. The first one to do so and lead the session was Alex Marquez, with short stints at the top for Sam Lowes and Jorge Navarro, before Lorenzo Baldassarri showed off his highly impressive pace. The Italian set camp at the top of the timesheets with fifteen minutes left of the session and in even better news for him, there were no cancelled lap times this time around.

Alex Marquez looked like challenging that position but the Spaniard slid out in turn six while on a hot lap, leaving Baldassarri as the only rider to drop into the 1:41s, two tenths faster than Marquez’s pole record from last year. With Marquez losing ground down to fifth position, Navarro, Mattia Pasini and Lowes completed the top four, but around four tenths of a second behind the leader.

Brad Binder owes his sixth position to a lap time set early in the session, narrowly sneaking ahead of Romano Fenati. Marcel Schrotter in eighth position was six tenths down on Baldassarri, with Pecco Bagnaia not getting that much faster than Friday in ninth spot. The top ten was completed by a late fast lap from Danny Kent.

Miguel Oliveira had big news to share during FP3 but it was definitely not his thirteenth position in the session and the Portuguese rider will hope to cut the nine-tenth gap to the leader in qualifying.

Results:

Pos. Num. Rider Bike Time Gap 1st Prev.
1 7 Lorenzo BALDASSARRI Kalex 1'41.890    
2 9 Jorge NAVARRO Kalex 1'42.285 0.395 0.395
3 54 Mattia PASINI Kalex 1'42.310 0.420 0.025
4 22 Sam LOWES KTM 1'42.365 0.475 0.055
5 73 Alex MARQUEZ Kalex 1'42.404 0.514 0.039
6 41 Brad BINDER KTM 1'42.414 0.524 0.010
7 13 Romano FENATI Kalex 1'42.446 0.556 0.032
8 23 Marcel SCHROTTER Kalex 1'42.561 0.671 0.115
9 42 Francesco BAGNAIA Kalex 1'42.570 0.680 0.009
10 52 Danny KENT Speed Up 1'42.687 0.797 0.117
11 27 Iker LECUONA KTM 1'42.797 0.907 0.110
12 10 Luca MARINI Kalex 1'42.798 0.908 0.001
13 44 Miguel OLIVEIRA KTM 1'42.806 0.916 0.008
14 5 Andrea LOCATELLI Kalex 1'42.832 0.942 0.026
15 97 Xavi VIERGE Kalex 1'42.833 0.943 0.001
16 20 Fabio QUARTARARO Speed Up 1'42.860 0.970 0.027
17 40 Hector BARBERA Kalex 1'42.899 1.009 0.039
18 89 Khairul Idham PAWI Kalex 1'42.958 1.068 0.059
19 45 Tetsuta NAGASHIMA Kalex 1'43.059 1.169 0.101
20 64 Bo BENDSNEYDER Tech 3 1'43.159 1.269 0.100
21 24 Simone CORSI Kalex 1'43.172 1.282 0.013
22 4 Steven ODENDAAL NTS 1'43.201 1.311 0.029
23 36 Joan MIR Kalex 1'43.206 1.316 0.005
24 16 Joe ROBERTS NTS 1'43.235 1.345 0.029
25 62 Stefano MANZI Suter 1'43.300 1.410 0.065
26 32 Isaac VIÑALES Kalex 1'43.384 1.494 0.084
27 51 Eric GRANADO Suter 1'43.536 1.646 0.152
28 3 Lukas TULOVIC KTM 1'43.850 1.960 0.314
29 18 Xavi CARDELUS Kalex 1'44.036 2.146 0.186
30 14 Hector GARZO Tech 3 1'44.353 2.463 0.317
31 95 Jules DANILO Kalex 1'44.652 2.762 0.299
32 21 Federico FULIGNI Kalex 1'44.712 2.822 0.060
33 63 Zulfahmi KHAIRUDDIN Kalex 1'44.877 2.987 0.165
Round Number: 
4
2018
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