2018 Le Mans Moto2 FP1 Result: Schrotter Blasts Past

As morning in Le Mans was starting to warm up, the boost in confidence saw quite a few intermediate class riders test the gravel traps around the circuit, with no serious consequences. One man who managed to avoid all that was Marcel Schrotter, who grabbed the lead from Alex Marquez at the halfway point of the session and ran away at the front – at one point over four tenths faster than the rest.

Marquez recovered some ground and looked like causing Schrotter some trouble but the Spaniard only managed to get within nine hundredths of a second of the lead. Jorge Navarro seems to have found the recipe to consistently crack the top ten and this time it was as high as third, only a tenth down on the fastest man of the morning.

Sam Lowes had a characteristic off-track excursion in turn 4 but bounced back to climb into fourth. Joan Mir started off on the right foot on one of his favourite tracks and after being the first leader of the session, he settled for fifth position, half a second slower than Dynavolt's leading rider. Lorenzo Baldassarri was only two hundredths of a second behind, followed by Hector Barbera, who snatched seventh place in between two crashes.

Pecco Bagnaia had his own hefty off track episode but he managed to carry on after an excellent and speedy job from his team. The Sky rider climbed back into the top eight, ahead of Miguel Oliveira and with Andrea Locatelli completing the top ten. Mattia Pasini only just missed out and was over a second slower than the leader, as were Xavi Vierge and Romano Fenati.

Results:

Pos. Num. Rider Bike Time Gap 1st Prev.
1 23 Marcel SCHROTTER Kalex 1'37.001    
2 73 Alex MARQUEZ Kalex 1'37.094 0.093 0.093
3 9 Jorge NAVARRO Kalex 1'37.223 0.222 0.129
4 22 Sam LOWES KTM 1'37.367 0.366 0.144
5 36 Joan MIR Kalex 1'37.547 0.546 0.180
6 7 Lorenzo BALDASSARRI Kalex 1'37.567 0.566 0.020
7 40 Hector BARBERA Kalex 1'37.670 0.669 0.103
8 42 Francesco BAGNAIA Kalex 1'37.673 0.672 0.003
9 44 Miguel OLIVEIRA KTM 1'37.956 0.955 0.283
10 5 Andrea LOCATELLI Kalex 1'37.979 0.978 0.023
11 54 Mattia PASINI Kalex 1'38.013 1.012 0.034
12 97 Xavi VIERGE Kalex 1'38.035 1.034 0.022
13 13 Romano FENATI Kalex 1'38.088 1.087 0.053
14 32 Isaac VIÑALES Kalex 1'38.094 1.093 0.006
15 20 Fabio QUARTARARO Speed Up 1'38.248 1.247 0.154
16 27 Iker LECUONA KTM 1'38.272 1.271 0.024
17 24 Simone CORSI Kalex 1'38.275 1.274 0.003
18 52 Danny KENT Speed Up 1'38.295 1.294 0.020
19 89 Khairul Idham PAWI Kalex 1'38.482 1.481 0.187
20 45 Tetsuta NAGASHIMA Kalex 1'38.523 1.522 0.041
21 62 Stefano MANZI Suter 1'38.611 1.610 0.088
22 41 Brad BINDER KTM 1'38.801 1.800 0.190
23 10 Luca MARINI Kalex 1'38.845 1.844 0.044
24 4 Steven ODENDAAL NTS 1'38.931 1.930 0.086
25 16 Joe ROBERTS NTS 1'38.984 1.983 0.053
26 64 Bo BENDSNEYDER Tech 3 1'39.093 2.092 0.109
27 3 Lukas TULOVIC KTM 1'39.553 2.552 0.460
28 14 Hector GARZO Tech 3 1'39.563 2.562 0.010
29 19 Corentin PEROLARI Transformiers 1'39.699 2.698 0.136
30 66 Niki TUULI Kalex 1'39.770 2.769 0.071
31 51 Eric GRANADO Suter 1'39.841 2.840 0.071
32 95 Jules DANILO Kalex 1'40.052 3.051 0.211
33 21 Federico FULIGNI Kalex 1'40.775 3.774 0.723
34 80 Cedric TANGRE Tech 3 1'41.722 4.721 0.947
35 18 Xavi CARDELUS Kalex 1'41.853 4.852 0.131
Round Number: 
5
2018
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