2018 Austria Moto2 FP1 Result: Bagnaia On A Mission

The clouds were still at a safe distance by the time the intermediate class came out to play, although parts of the circuit looked darker and darker as things progressed. Last year’s poleman Mattia Pasini had another one of those sessions where he shot into the lead soon after the start only to fade throughout the session. The Italian was first demoted by Fabio Quartararo as the Frenchman made a return to the sharp end but it was a fleeting success once Pecco Bagnaia came to the fore to grab the headlines.

Lorenzo Baldassarri made a late jump up the timesheets to trail his flatmate by six hundredths of a second, with Marcel Schrotter once again a main protagonist in third. Alex Marquez equalled Quartararo’s best time but snuck ahead of him on the timing screens by virtue of his next best lap and much greater consistency throughout the session.

On a notably different circuit to the scene of his most recent success, Luca Marini started celebrating his birthday by challenging Pasini for the lead in the early part of the session before slipping back to sixth position. Andrea Locatelli had another excellent performance in the last minute shootout to climb into seventh spot and kept Sam Lowes at bay by only one thousandth of a second. Jorge Navarro was ninth despite only being two and half tenths slower than the leader.

Pasini looked set for a late personal best but the Italtrans rider went down into turn six on his final lap and lost the opportunity to improve on tenth position. The likes of Joan Mir and new championship leader Miguel Oliveira did not look to be in a hurry to join the top ten but their 15th and 16th positions - with identical times - did not tell the full story as they finished within half a second of Bagnaia.

Results:

Pos. Num. Rider Bike Time Gap 1st Prev.
1 42 Francesco BAGNAIA Kalex 1'30.441    
2 7 Lorenzo BALDASSARRI Kalex 1'30.504 0.063 0.063
3 23 Marcel SCHROTTER Kalex 1'30.522 0.081 0.018
4 73 Alex MARQUEZ Kalex 1'30.568 0.127 0.046
5 20 Fabio QUARTARARO Speed Up 1'30.568 0.127  
6 10 Luca MARINI Kalex 1'30.629 0.188 0.061
7 5 Andrea LOCATELLI Kalex 1'30.658 0.217 0.029
8 22 Sam LOWES KTM 1'30.659 0.218 0.001
9 9 Jorge NAVARRO Kalex 1'30.682 0.241 0.023
10 54 Mattia PASINI Kalex 1'30.688 0.247 0.006
11 40 Augusto FERNANDEZ Kalex 1'30.702 0.261 0.014
12 13 Romano FENATI Kalex 1'30.720 0.279 0.018
13 24 Simone CORSI Kalex 1'30.760 0.319 0.040
14 27 Iker LECUONA KTM 1'30.874 0.433 0.114
15 36 Joan MIR Kalex 1'30.920 0.479 0.046
16 44 Miguel OLIVEIRA KTM 1'30.920 0.479  
17 41 Brad BINDER KTM 1'30.964 0.523 0.044
18 45 Tetsuta NAGASHIMA Kalex 1'31.077 0.636 0.113
19 52 Danny KENT Speed Up 1'31.080 0.639 0.003
20 97 Xavi VIERGE Kalex 1'31.095 0.654 0.015
21 77 Dominique AEGERTER KTM 1'31.197 0.756 0.102
22 89 Khairul Idham PAWI Kalex 1'31.221 0.780 0.024
23 62 Stefano MANZI Suter 1'31.456 1.015 0.235
24 87 Remy GARDNER Tech 3 1'31.475 1.034 0.019
25 4 Steven ODENDAAL NTS 1'31.615 1.174 0.140
26 32 Isaac VIÑALES Suter 1'31.701 1.260 0.086
27 16 Joe ROBERTS NTS 1'31.752 1.311 0.051
28 64 Bo BENDSNEYDER Tech 3 1'32.022 1.581 0.270
29 95 Jules DANILO Kalex 1'32.131 1.690 0.109
30 18 Xavi CARDELUS Kalex 1'32.573 2.132 0.442
31 66 Niki TUULI Kalex 1'32.645 2.204 0.072
32 55 Alejandro MEDINA Kalex 1'32.763 2.322 0.118
33 21 Federico FULIGNI Kalex 1'35.200 4.759 2.437
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2018
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