2018 Aragon Moto2 FP3 Result: Marquez Robs Schrotter

Unlike their colleagues before them, the intermediate class were instantly faster than their Friday times and Marcel Schrotter was the first to make his mark while in race trim. The German was top of the charts until the final couple of minutes of the session, when Alex Marquez targeted some home glory and went one hundredth of a second faster.

With the local boy waving to his fanclub from the top of the timesheets and Schrotter close behind, Mattia Pasini also came within half a tenth of top honours in FP3. A bigger surprise came from Luca Marini, the young Italian having an underwhelming Friday but catching up with his rivals come Saturday morning to climb into fourth position. Compatriot Andrea Locatelli impressed once again in the top five, seemingly thriving on the Spanish track.

Jorge Navarro found some improvement of his own to end the session sixth, three tenths down on the leader and only two thousandths of a second ahead of Fabio Quartararo. The minuscule gaps continued throughout the top 15, no two riders separated by more than a tenth. Brad Binder was eighth, with Lorenzo Baldassarri and Pecco Bagnaia completing the top ten. The Sky rider had set the bar high on Friday and could not improve on his own fine work but he took the checkered flag half a second off the lead and a hundredth ahead of title rival Miguel Oliveira. It was a tougher morning for Joan Mir and future replacement Xavi Vierge, both riders outside of the top 15.

Results:

Pos. Num. Rider Bike Time Gap 1st Prev.
1 73 Alex MARQUEZ Kalex 1'53.319    
2 23 Marcel SCHROTTER Kalex 1'53.332 0.013 0.013
3 54 Mattia PASINI Kalex 1'53.363 0.044 0.031
4 10 Luca MARINI Kalex 1'53.501 0.182 0.138
5 5 Andrea LOCATELLI Kalex 1'53.533 0.214 0.032
6 9 Jorge NAVARRO Kalex 1'53.615 0.296 0.082
7 20 Fabio QUARTARARO Speed Up 1'53.617 0.298 0.002
8 41 Brad BINDER KTM 1'53.698 0.379 0.081
9 7 Lorenzo BALDASSARRI Kalex 1'53.768 0.449 0.070
10 42 Francesco BAGNAIA Kalex 1'53.818 0.499 0.050
11 44 Miguel OLIVEIRA KTM 1'53.833 0.514 0.015
12 40 Augusto FERNANDEZ Kalex 1'53.864 0.545 0.031
13 27 Iker LECUONA KTM 1'53.877 0.558 0.013
14 22 Sam LOWES KTM 1'53.892 0.573 0.015
15 52 Danny KENT Speed Up 1'54.024 0.705 0.132
16 57 Edgar PONS Kalex 1'54.042 0.723 0.018
17 2 Jesko RAFFIN Kalex 1'54.094 0.775 0.052
18 24 Simone CORSI Kalex 1'54.110 0.791 0.016
19 97 Xavi VIERGE Kalex 1'54.111 0.792 0.001
20 77 Dominique AEGERTER KTM 1'54.234 0.915 0.123
21 64 Bo BENDSNEYDER Tech 3 1'54.300 0.981 0.066
22 36 Joan MIR Kalex 1'54.461 1.142 0.161
23 4 Steven ODENDAAL NTS 1'54.479 1.160 0.018
24 45 Tetsuta NAGASHIMA Kalex 1'54.571 1.252 0.092
25 87 Remy GARDNER Tech 3 1'54.658 1.339 0.087
26 66 Niki TUULI Kalex 1'54.864 1.545 0.206
27 62 Stefano MANZI Suter 1'54.873 1.554 0.009
28 16 Joe ROBERTS NTS 1'54.883 1.564 0.010
29 89 Khairul Idham PAWI Kalex 1'54.935 1.616 0.052
30 12 Sheridan MORAIS Kalex 1'55.793 2.474 0.858
31 32 Isaac VIÑALES Suter 1'55.797 2.478 0.004
32 21 Federico FULIGNI Kalex 1'56.049 2.730 0.252
33 18 Xavi CARDELUS Kalex 1'56.091 2.772 0.042
34 95 Jules DANILO Kalex 1'56.348 3.029 0.257
Round Number: 
14
2018
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