2019 Qatar Moto2 FP2 Result: Baldassarri To The Fore

As night fell over the Losail circuit, the intermediate class came out to play and a handful of riders shared the spoils throughout the second session of the day. Sam Lowes was the early leader, after sorting out the technical gremlins that robbed him of a shot at a fast time in the afternoon session. The final ten minutes of FP2 brought on a time attack for privileged positions with an eye on qualifying, which dethroned the Gresini rider and eventually crowned Lorenzo Baldassarri as the fastest man of the day.

FP1 leader Marcel Schrotter was outdone by two tenths of a second and finished second, just about holding off Remy Gardner. Lowes gave it another go at a fast time but could not do better than fourth, a hundredth of a second faster than Alex Marquez. Jorge Navarro, Andrea Locatelli, Brad Binder, Xavi Vierge and Enea Bastianini completed the top ten, all five riders four tenths off the leader and only hundredths of a second separating them.

The likes of Augusto Fernandez, Bo Bendsneyder and Tom Luthi narrowly missed out on top ten positions but were only half a second off Baldassarri, all the more impressive in Luthi’s case, as the Dynavolt rider saw his session cut short by a painful (but seemingly harmless) looking crash in turn seven. In such a competitive field, it was another small step for Jorge Martin, the lightweight champ in 14th position once more but a tenth closer than in the afternoon session.

Results:

Pos. Num. Rider Bike Time Gap 1st Prev.
1 7 Lorenzo BALDASSARRI Kalex 1'58.635    
2 23 Marcel SCHROTTER Kalex 1'58.869 0.234 0.234
3 87 Remy GARDNER Kalex 1'58.899 0.264 0.030
4 22 Sam LOWES Kalex 1'58.954 0.319 0.055
5 73 Alex MARQUEZ Kalex 1'58.964 0.329 0.010
6 9 Jorge NAVARRO Speed Up 1'59.036 0.401 0.072
7 5 Andrea LOCATELLI Kalex 1'59.054 0.419 0.018
8 41 Brad BINDER KTM 1'59.059 0.424 0.005
9 97 Xavi VIERGE Kalex 1'59.094 0.459 0.035
10 33 Enea BASTIANINI Kalex 1'59.111 0.476 0.017
11 40 Augusto FERNANDEZ Kalex 1'59.143 0.508 0.032
12 64 Bo BENDSNEYDER NTS 1'59.182 0.547 0.039
13 12 Thomas LUTHI Kalex 1'59.211 0.576 0.029
14 88 Jorge MARTIN KTM 1'59.235 0.600 0.024
15 45 Tetsuta NAGASHIMA Kalex 1'59.375 0.740 0.140
16 10 Luca MARINI Kalex 1'59.657 1.022 0.282
17 24 Simone CORSI Kalex 1'59.697 1.062 0.040
18 27 Iker LECUONA KTM 1'59.708 1.073 0.011
19 11 Nicolo BULEGA Kalex 1'59.725 1.090 0.017
20 2 Jesko RAFFIN NTS 1'59.790 1.155 0.065
21 21 Fabio DI GIANNANTONIO Speed Up 1'59.831 1.196 0.041
22 77 Dominique AEGERTER MV Agusta 1'59.904 1.269 0.073
23 89 Khairul Idham PAWI Kalex 2'00.015 1.380 0.111
24 16 Joe ROBERTS KTM 2'00.258 1.623 0.243
25 35 Somkiat CHANTRA Kalex 2'00.529 1.894 0.271
26 3 Lukas TULOVIC KTM 2'00.720 2.085 0.191
27 72 Marco BEZZECCHI KTM 2'00.852 2.217 0.132
28 62 Stefano MANZI MV Agusta 2'00.969 2.334 0.117
29 65 Philipp OETTL KTM 2'01.224 2.589 0.255
30 96 Jake DIXON KTM 2'01.526 2.891 0.302
31 20 Dimas EKKY PRATAMA Kalex 2'02.235 3.600 0.709
32 18 Xavi CARDELUS KTM 2'05.415 6.780 3.180
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