2018 Sepang Moto2 FP2 Result: Marquez Part Two

In a reply of FP1 -- minus a couple of seconds -- Alex Marquez saved his best lap for the end of practice and grabbed the top of the timesheet at the Sepang circuit. Marquez final time of 2'06.928 on the final Friday practice left his as one of only two riders to dip into the 2'06s this year so far. The second was Fabio Quartararo three-hundredths of a second behind the leader. 

Luca Marini rounded out the top three, just missing the 2'06s by nine-hundredths of a second, followed by Francesco Bagnaia (4th). And in fifth was Mattia Pasini. Just 15 seconds before the checkered flag, Pasini was top of the session. Then came the small, sudden avalanche. First Quartararo bumped him back. Marquez set the top time followed by a third-fastest Marini and then Bagnaia.

Sam Lowes in a return to form took sixth, just ahead of Miguel Oliveira (7th). Lorenzo Baldassarri (8th), Remy Gardner (9th) and Brad Binder rounded out the top 10. 

The session started slow with a riders choosing rain tires or simply remaining in the pit until the track dried sufficiently. With 24 minutes left, the entire field was on slicks and lap times began to drop. Pasini set a 2'07.601 followed closely by Bagnaia and Gardner. And those positions largely held until the end of the session when the lap times began to fall, dropping Pasini down the timesheet.

Results:

Pos. Num. Rider Bike Time Gap 1st Prev.
1 73 Alex MARQUEZ Kalex 2'06.928    
2 20 Fabio QUARTARARO Speed Up 2'06.958 0.030 0.030
3 10 Luca MARINI Kalex 2'07.089 0.161 0.131
4 42 Francesco BAGNAIA Kalex 2'07.106 0.178 0.017
5 54 Mattia PASINI Kalex 2'07.107 0.179 0.001
6 22 Sam LOWES KTM 2'07.315 0.387 0.208
7 44 Miguel OLIVEIRA KTM 2'07.551 0.623 0.236
8 7 Lorenzo BALDASSARRI Kalex 2'07.605 0.677 0.054
9 87 Remy GARDNER Tech 3 2'07.644 0.716 0.039
10 41 Brad BINDER KTM 2'07.685 0.757 0.041
11 40 Augusto FERNANDEZ Kalex 2'07.797 0.869 0.112
12 9 Jorge NAVARRO Kalex 2'07.808 0.880 0.011
13 23 Marcel SCHROTTER Kalex 2'07.819 0.891 0.011
14 45 Tetsuta NAGASHIMA Kalex 2'07.991 1.063 0.172
15 27 Iker LECUONA KTM 2'08.128 1.200 0.137
16 16 Joe ROBERTS NTS 2'08.171 1.243 0.043
17 5 Andrea LOCATELLI Kalex 2'08.237 1.309 0.066
18 97 Xavi VIERGE Kalex 2'08.250 1.322 0.013
19 2 Jesko RAFFIN Kalex 2'08.632 1.704 0.382
20 24 Simone CORSI Kalex 2'08.663 1.735 0.031
21 36 Joan MIR Kalex 2'08.732 1.804 0.069
22 4 Steven ODENDAAL NTS 2'08.826 1.898 0.094
23 66 Niki TUULI Kalex 2'09.013 2.085 0.187
24 57 Edgar PONS Speed Up 2'09.120 2.192 0.107
25 89 Khairul Idham PAWI Kalex 2'09.184 2.256 0.064
26 77 Dominique AEGERTER KTM 2'09.507 2.579 0.323
27 95 Jules DANILO Kalex 2'09.538 2.610 0.031
28 30 Dimas EKKY PRATAMA Tech 3 2'09.665 2.737 0.127
29 32 Isaac VIÑALES Suter 2'10.949 4.021 1.284
30 21 Federico FULIGNI Kalex 2'11.055 4.127 0.106
31 18 Xavi CARDELUS Kalex 2'12.217 5.289 1.162
32 50 Rafid Topan SUCIPTO Suter 2'13.167 6.239 0.950
Round Number: 
19
2018
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