2018 Valencia Moto2 FP2 Result: Things Going Swimmingly For Lecuona

No one had it easy today and the intermediate class did not escape the downpour, ending the day in some of the worst conditions yet. Iker Lecuona had no complaints as he retrieved the top position he ended FP1 in and it was Joe Roberts’ turn to do the chasing. The American did an excellent job of it and the duo carried on a faraway battle, Roberts claiming the lead for the mid part of the session and Lecuona snatching it back for the final ten minutes. The Spaniard quickly joined the gravel trap and retreated to the pits, although Roberts could not take the opportunity and Lecuona grabbed another headline.

With ten minutes left on the clock, some red sectors started creeping in and more challengers appeared. Although Lecuona was a step too far, Niki Tuuli climbed all the way to second on the timesheets, with Lorenzo Baldassarri joining the top three and demoting Roberts to fourth. Xavi Vierge finished fifth, three tenths down on the leader and a tenth ahead of Miguel Oliveira and Simone Corsi.

Alex Marquez started off on the wrong foot, sliding rapidly through turn 10 barely 15 minutes into the session and although the cosmetic damage was quickly fixed, the Spaniard could not do any better than eighth, half a second off his leading compatriot. Remy Gardner and Fabio Quartararo rounded out the top ten. Despite the rain coming to halt in the final part of the session, more and more crash notices came up on screen, the likes of Jorge Navarro, Luca Marini and Sam Lowes amongst the unlucky few.

Results:

Pos. Num. Rider Bike Time Gap 1st Prev.
1 27 Iker LECUONA KTM 1'48.695    
2 66 Niki TUULI Kalex 1'48.772 0.077 0.077
3 7 Lorenzo BALDASSARRI Kalex 1'48.914 0.219 0.142
4 16 Joe ROBERTS NTS 1'48.986 0.291 0.072
5 97 Xavi VIERGE Kalex 1'49.031 0.336 0.045
6 44 Miguel OLIVEIRA KTM 1'49.119 0.424 0.088
7 24 Simone CORSI Kalex 1'49.135 0.440 0.016
8 73 Alex MARQUEZ Kalex 1'49.224 0.529 0.089
9 87 Remy GARDNER Tech 3 1'49.342 0.647 0.118
10 20 Fabio QUARTARARO Speed Up 1'49.566 0.871 0.224
11 14 Hector GARZO Tech 3 1'49.596 0.901 0.030
12 22 Sam LOWES KTM 1'49.637 0.942 0.041
13 42 Francesco BAGNAIA Kalex 1'49.788 1.093 0.151
14 45 Tetsuta NAGASHIMA Kalex 1'49.899 1.204 0.111
15 89 Khairul Idham PAWI Kalex 1'49.959 1.264 0.060
16 9 Jorge NAVARRO Kalex 1'49.972 1.277 0.013
17 4 Steven ODENDAAL NTS 1'49.982 1.287 0.010
18 77 Dominique AEGERTER KTM 1'49.991 1.296 0.009
19 40 Augusto FERNANDEZ Kalex 1'50.063 1.368 0.072
20 23 Marcel SCHROTTER Kalex 1'50.127 1.432 0.064
21 36 Joan MIR Kalex 1'50.137 1.442 0.010
22 54 Mattia PASINI Kalex 1'50.256 1.561 0.119
23 41 Brad BINDER KTM 1'50.296 1.601 0.040
24 5 Andrea LOCATELLI Kalex 1'50.587 1.892 0.291
25 2 Jesko RAFFIN Kalex 1'50.595 1.900 0.008
26 3 Lukas TULOVIC Suter 1'51.108 2.413 0.513
27 10 Luca MARINI Kalex 1'51.179 2.484 0.071
28 18 Xavi CARDELUS Kalex 1'51.555 2.860 0.376
29 95 Jules DANILO Kalex 1'51.665 2.970 0.110
30 32 Isaac VIÑALES Suter 1'52.921 4.226 1.256
31 21 Federico FULIGNI Kalex 1'53.127 4.432 0.206
32 70 Tommaso MARCON Speed Up 1'53.529 4.834 0.402
Round Number: 
19
2018
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