2018 Motegi Moto2 FP2 Result: Lecuona Finds the Fast, Dry Line

Iker Lecuona set the fastest Moto2 lap time on Friday at Motegi as the circuit finally dried sufficiently for riders to push hard on full slicks -- at least for the early part of the afternoon session. Championship leader Francesco Bagnaia slotted into second, a tenth of a second from the leader's time. It also was the Kalex rider's first posted time of the weekend as he didn't emerge from the pits in the mixed conditions of FP1. Agusto Fernandez rounded out the top three.

But the early top times were to be the final top times as rain reappeared and riders pitted for the latter stages of another damp FP2 at the 4.8 km (2.9 mi.) circuit Friday. And similar to the earlier practice sessions in MotoGP and Moto3, once riders returned to the pits there seemed little to be gained by retuning to the slippery track as the session ticked away.

Fabio Quartararo, 10th fastest in FP1, leaped into fourth, a tenth in front of former Moto3 world champion Brad Binder (5th). Bagnaia's top championship rival Miguel Oliviera, held on for sixth. Tetsuta Nagashima (7th), half a second off the leaders, just clipped FP1 leader Marcel Schrotter (8th). Alex Marquez (9th), who crashed heavily on Friday and Luca Marini rounded out the top 10.

Results:

Pos. No. Rider Bike Time Diff. / Prev.
1 27 Iker LECUONA KTM 1'52.159    
2 42 Francesco BAGNAIA Kalex 1'52.278 0.119 / 0.119
3 40 Augusto FERNANDEZ Kalex 1'52.390 0.231 / 0.112
4 20 Fabio QUARTARARO Speed Up 1'52.517 0.358 / 0.127
5 41 Brad BINDER KTM 1'52.640 0.481 / 0.123
6 44 Miguel OLIVEIRA KTM 1'52.715 0.556 / 0.075
7 45 Tetsuta NAGASHIMA Kalex 1'52.718 0.559 / 0.003
8 23 Marcel SCHROTTER Kalex 1'52.819 0.660 / 0.101
9 73 Alex MARQUEZ Kalex 1'53.044 0.885 / 0.225
10 10 Luca MARINI Kalex 1'53.088 0.929 / 0.044
11 36 Joan MIR Kalex 1'53.135 0.976 / 0.047
12 62 Stefano MANZI Suter 1'53.189 1.030 / 0.054
13 77 Dominique AEGERTER KTM 1'53.263 1.104 / 0.074
14 24 Simone CORSI Kalex 1'53.274 1.115 / 0.011
15 9 Jorge NAVARRO Kalex 1'53.632 1.473 / 0.358
16 54 Mattia PASINI Kalex 1'53.632 1.473
17 4 Steven ODENDAAL NTS 1'53.684 1.525 / 0.052
18 2 Jesko RAFFIN Kalex 1'53.763 1.604 / 0.079
19 64 Bo BENDSNEYDER Tech 3 1'53.984 1.825 / 0.221
20 87 Remy GARDNER Tech 3 1'54.018 1.859 / 0.034
21 16 Joe ROBERTS NTS 1'54.102 1.943 / 0.084
22 97 Xavi VIERGE Kalex 1'54.329 2.170 / 0.227
23 57 Edgar PONS Speed Up 1'54.387 2.228 / 0.058
24 5 Andrea LOCATELLI Kalex 1'54.550 2.391 / 0.163
25 7 Lorenzo BALDASSARRI Kalex 1'54.686 2.527 / 0.136
26 66 Niki TUULI Kalex 1'54.801 2.642 / 0.115
27 95 Jules DANILO Kalex 1'55.048 2.889 / 0.247
28 22 Sam LOWES KTM 1'55.354 3.195 / 0.306
29 32 Isaac VIÑALES Suter 1'55.470 3.311 / 0.116
30 89 Khairul Idham PAWI Kalex 1'55.768 3.609 / 0.298
31 21 Federico FULIGNI Kalex 1'56.106 3.947 / 0.338
32 18 Xavi CARDELUS Kalex 1'56.526 4.367 / 0.420
           
Round Number: 
16
2018
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