2019 Sachsenring Moto2 FP1 Result: Folger Thrives On Home Ground

The perhaps unexpected championship lead gave a little boost to Tom Luthi, who set an early benchmark before the intermediate class went for a bit of a shootout due to very slight concerns about the weather on Saturday. A hint of sun was casting shadows on track for the attack in the final ten minutes and the third session of the day brought some joy to the local crowds as Jonas Folger continued his comeback by leading the way in FP1. Marcel Schrotter made it a German one-two after a glorious slow-mo moment / save heading towards turn 11, even though the Omega curve gravel trap eventually claimed the Dynavolt rider.

Iker Lecuona was another early leader but dropped to third, almost three tenths of a second slower than the locals ahead. Andrea Locatelli continues his climb towards the spotlight with a fourth position in FP1, while Fabio Di Giannantonio was top rookie in fifth spot, stealing the honour from Jorge Martin by only four hundredths of a second. Luthi dropped to seventh place, ahead of title rival Lorenzo Baldassarri – the duo within half a second of the leader. Stefano Manzi and Bo Bendsneyder were somewhat surprising additions to the top ten, while Jorge Navarro missed out due to a late tumble at turn three.

With narrow gaps throughout the field, there was a select group of riders who looked in unfamiliar territory outside of the top ten, including Luca Marini in 12th position, Alex Marquez 14th, Brad Binder 15th, Remy Gardner 16th and Sam Lowes 19th. Rookie of the year leader Enea Bastianini had a low key morning ending in 22nd position and nearly a second slower than Folger.

Results:

Pos. Num. Rider Bike Time Gap 1st Prev.
1 94 Jonas FOLGER Kalex 1'24.354    
2 23 Marcel SCHROTTER Kalex 1'24.361 0.007 0.007
3 27 Iker LECUONA KTM 1'24.641 0.287 0.280
4 5 Andrea LOCATELLI Kalex 1'24.672 0.318 0.031
5 21 Fabio DI GIANNANTONIO Speed Up 1'24.737 0.383 0.065
6 88 Jorge MARTIN KTM 1'24.777 0.423 0.040
7 12 Thomas LUTHI Kalex 1'24.784 0.430 0.007
8 7 Lorenzo BALDASSARRI Kalex 1'24.829 0.475 0.045
9 62 Stefano MANZI MV Agusta 1'24.859 0.505 0.030
10 64 Bo BENDSNEYDER NTS 1'24.888 0.534 0.029
11 9 Jorge NAVARRO Speed Up 1'24.934 0.580 0.046
12 10 Luca MARINI Kalex 1'24.968 0.614 0.034
13 45 Tetsuta NAGASHIMA Kalex 1'24.976 0.622 0.008
14 73 Alex MARQUEZ Kalex 1'24.997 0.643 0.021
15 41 Brad BINDER KTM 1'25.066 0.712 0.069
16 87 Remy GARDNER Kalex 1'25.087 0.733 0.021
17 40 Augusto FERNANDEZ Kalex 1'25.087 0.733  
18 97 Xavi VIERGE Kalex 1'25.108 0.754 0.021
19 22 Sam LOWES Kalex 1'25.126 0.772 0.018
20 4 Steven ODENDAAL NTS 1'25.198 0.844 0.072
21 24 Simone CORSI Kalex 1'25.277 0.923 0.079
22 33 Enea BASTIANINI Kalex 1'25.316 0.962 0.039
23 77 Dominique AEGERTER MV Agusta 1'25.348 0.994 0.032
24 11 Nicolo BULEGA Kalex 1'25.419 1.065 0.071
25 16 Joe ROBERTS KTM 1'25.455 1.101 0.036
26 72 Marco BEZZECCHI KTM 1'25.510 1.156 0.055
27 96 Jake DIXON KTM 1'25.787 1.433 0.277
28 18 Xavi CARDELUS KTM 1'27.035 2.681 1.248
29 3 Lukas TULOVIC KTM 1'27.172 2.818 0.137
  20 Dimas EKKY PRATAMA Kalex 1'32.819 8.465 5.647
Round Number: 
9
2019
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