2019 Argentina Moto2 FP1 Result: Marini Tops The Timesheet

Luca Marini, taking advantage of good weather to start the race weekend at the Termas de Rio Hondo in Argentina, set the fastest lap of FP1 Friday, just two hundredths of a second clear of Sam Lowes (2nd). Marcel Schrotter, who set his fastest laps toward the end of the session, seized third. Schrotter took third in the first race of the season.

The first practice, however, made clear that the new three-cylinder 765cc motor Moto2 spec engine -- and the new electronics -- are still being sorted at the 4.8 km (3 mi.) circuit. Marini's top time Friday, a 1'44.220, remained near last year's top FP1 lap set by Mattia Pasini (1'44.461) on the 600cc spec motor. But that gap is expected to change as the weekend and season progresses.

Brad Binder (4th) is looking to improve on a 12th-place showing at the first race of the season with a strong first practice, closely followed by Alex Marquez. The top 20 riders finished practice separated by less than a single second. 

Results:

Pos. Num. Rider Bike Time Gap 1st Prev.
1 10 Luca MARINI Kalex 1'44.220    
2 22 Sam LOWES Kalex 1'44.240 0.020 0.020
3 23 Marcel SCHROTTER Kalex 1'44.351 0.131 0.111
4 41 Brad BINDER KTM 1'44.394 0.174 0.043
5 73 Alex MARQUEZ Kalex 1'44.467 0.247 0.073
6 97 Xavi VIERGE Kalex 1'44.514 0.294 0.047
7 12 Thomas LUTHI Kalex 1'44.534 0.314 0.020
8 87 Remy GARDNER Kalex 1'44.662 0.442 0.128
9 27 Iker LECUONA KTM 1'44.678 0.458 0.016
10 40 Augusto FERNANDEZ Kalex 1'44.711 0.491 0.033
11 88 Jorge MARTIN KTM 1'44.734 0.514 0.023
12 7 Lorenzo BALDASSARRI Kalex 1'44.741 0.521 0.007
13 9 Jorge NAVARRO Speed Up 1'44.757 0.537 0.016
14 35 Somkiat CHANTRA Kalex 1'44.938 0.718 0.181
15 89 Khairul Idham PAWI Kalex 1'44.955 0.735 0.017
16 33 Enea BASTIANINI Kalex 1'45.066 0.846 0.111
17 45 Tetsuta NAGASHIMA Kalex 1'45.119 0.899 0.053
18 77 Dominique AEGERTER MV Agusta 1'45.122 0.902 0.003
19 2 Jesko RAFFIN NTS 1'45.155 0.935 0.033
20 5 Andrea LOCATELLI Kalex 1'45.167 0.947 0.012
21 64 Bo BENDSNEYDER NTS 1'45.304 1.084 0.137
22 21 Fabio DI GIANNANTONIO Speed Up 1'45.425 1.205 0.121
23 24 Simone CORSI Kalex 1'45.656 1.436 0.231
24 16 Joe ROBERTS KTM 1'45.659 1.439 0.003
25 11 Nicolo BULEGA Kalex 1'45.669 1.449 0.010
26 72 Marco BEZZECCHI KTM 1'46.135 1.915 0.466
27 96 Jake DIXON KTM 1'46.142 1.922 0.007
28 65 Philipp OETTL KTM 1'46.290 2.070 0.148
29 62 Stefano MANZI MV Agusta 1'46.612 2.392 0.322
30 20 Dimas EKKY PRATAMA Kalex 1'46.738 2.518 0.126
31 3 Lukas TULOVIC KTM 1'46.857 2.637 0.119
32 18 Xavi CARDELUS KTM 1'48.381 4.161 1.524
Round Number: 
2
2019
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