2019 Motegi Moto2 FP1 Result: Binder Takes On Nagashima

The track was getting ever faster after pretty heavy rain much earlier in the morning and that did not allow the intermediate class ranking to settle until well into their first practice session. Once the main contenders started to present themselves, it was down to two men to claim the top spot, Brad Binder and Tetsuta Nagashima a fairly familiar duo trading first position through the early action. The KTM rider was firmly ahead at the mid point of the session, until the Kalex man took over for the final five minutes, only to be robbed by Binder once again on the final flying lap by half a tenth.

Alex Marquez flew under the radar for most of Friday morning but the championship leader eventually joined the top three, a quarter of a second slower than the leading duo. Rookie Jorge Martin seemed to enjoy his school trip to Japan and climbed up to fourth, ahead of Remy Gardner, who rounded out the top five. Stefano Manzi was a somewhat unusual presence in sixth spot, unlike Tom Luthi in seventh, the Swiss rider closing the session with a significant moment at turn 12. Luca Marini, the now familiar Somkiat Chantra and Iker Lecuona completed the top ten, only half a second off the leader.

With the habitually small gaps throughout the field, some of the usual contenders found themselves outside of the sharp end of the action on Friday morning, including the likes of Lorenzo Baldassarri - 13th after a late tumble at turn 1 - or Jorge Navarro and Augusto Fernandez, the two 14th and 15th respectively, with pretty low key sessions. Excellent rookie Enea Bastianini was joined by Sam Lowes and Fabio Di Giannantonio towards the bottom of the top 20 but still within a second of the leader.

Results:

Pos. Num. Rider Bike Time Gap 1st Prev.
1 41 Brad BINDER KTM 1'51.055    
2 45 Tetsuta NAGASHIMA Kalex 1'51.107 0.052 0.052
3 73 Alex MARQUEZ Kalex 1'51.343 0.288 0.236
4 88 Jorge MARTIN KTM 1'51.390 0.335 0.047
5 87 Remy GARDNER Kalex 1'51.481 0.426 0.091
6 62 Stefano MANZI MV Agusta 1'51.515 0.460 0.034
7 12 Thomas LUTHI Kalex 1'51.523 0.468 0.008
8 10 Luca MARINI Kalex 1'51.549 0.494 0.026
9 35 Somkiat CHANTRA Kalex 1'51.577 0.522 0.028
10 27 Iker LECUONA KTM 1'51.584 0.529 0.007
11 77 Dominique AEGERTER MV Agusta 1'51.631 0.576 0.047
12 11 Nicolo BULEGA Kalex 1'51.635 0.580 0.004
13 7 Lorenzo BALDASSARRI Kalex 1'51.652 0.597 0.017
14 9 Jorge NAVARRO Speed Up 1'51.714 0.659 0.062
15 40 Augusto FERNANDEZ Kalex 1'51.719 0.664 0.005
16 54 Mattia PASINI Kalex 1'51.818 0.763 0.099
17 23 Marcel SCHROTTER Kalex 1'51.827 0.772 0.009
18 33 Enea BASTIANINI Kalex 1'51.846 0.791 0.019
19 22 Sam LOWES Kalex 1'51.858 0.803 0.012
20 21 Fabio DI GIANNANTONIO Speed Up 1'52.010 0.955 0.152
21 96 Jake DIXON KTM 1'52.079 1.024 0.069
22 64 Bo BENDSNEYDER NTS 1'52.136 1.081 0.057
23 5 Andrea LOCATELLI Kalex 1'52.190 1.135 0.054
24 2 Jesko RAFFIN NTS 1'52.302 1.247 0.112
25 97 Xavi VIERGE Kalex 1'52.419 1.364 0.117
26 16 Joe ROBERTS KTM 1'52.730 1.675 0.311
27 65 Philipp OETTL KTM 1'53.389 2.334 0.659
28 72 Marco BEZZECCHI KTM 1'53.665 2.610 0.276
29 3 Lukas TULOVIC KTM 1'54.461 3.406 0.796
30 20 Dimas EKKY PRATAMA Kalex 1'54.762 3.707 0.301
31 18 Xavi CARDELUS KTM 1'55.549 4.494 0.787
32 47 Adam NORRODIN Kalex 1'55.835 4.780 0.286
Round Number: 
16
2019
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