2019 Phillip Island Moto2 FP1 Result: Martin Swims Past Bulega

The intermediate class got a soggy start in Australia, riders perhaps not too keen to face the cold and the wind in addition to the rain but they put their head down and looked for the limit. Some found it too soon, fresh victor Luca Marini crashing out at turn two on his outlap and, tired to be outdone, Alex Marquez immediately followed suit at turn four. While the two rivals were getting their sessions back on track with varying levels of success, Nicolo Bulega claimed top position and no one got within eighth tenths of the Italian’s top time until well into the session. The SKY racer carried on finding red sector times while many were just finding gravel but a late attack from Jorge Martin put the impressive rookie at the top of the pile.

With Bulega demoted to second by seven tenths of a second, he was joined by the familiar face of Stefano Manzi in the top three, the MV Augusta rider one second down on the leader. Despite reduced running due to a late crash at turn ten, Xavi Vierge climbed to fourth, ahead of a low key session for Tom Luthi. The Italian duo of Andrea Locatelli and Marco Bezzecchi came next, just ahead of Sam Lowes in eighth place. Marquez managed to rejoin proceedings and tip-toe his way into ninth, while Marcel Schrotter completed the top ten.

Remy Gardner was nearly two seconds off the leader but that was a much smaller concern than his massive crash at the end of the session in turn 8. The local favourite escaped unharmed and finished the morning 11th, but with considerable work for his crew over lunch. Somkiat Chantra, Tetsuta Nagashima and Lorenzo Baldassarri joined the provisional top 14, with the Thai rider and the Italian also joining the fallers’ list at different points in the session.

Brad Binder was left just outside the top 14, with Jorge Navarro taking it easy in 20th spot. Marini’s early scare caused some discomfort to his already troubled shoulder so the Italian sat out the rest of the session. Fresh off his big MotoGP announcement, Iker Lecuona also decided to keep cosy in his garage.

Results:

Pos. Num. Rider Bike Time Gap 1st Prev.
1 88 Jorge MARTIN KTM 1'45.823    
2 11 Nicolo BULEGA Kalex 1'46.594 0.771 0.771
3 62 Stefano MANZI MV Agusta 1'46.961 1.138 0.367
4 97 Xavi VIERGE Kalex 1'46.998 1.175 0.037
5 12 Thomas LUTHI Kalex 1'47.007 1.184 0.009
6 5 Andrea LOCATELLI Kalex 1'47.106 1.283 0.099
7 72 Marco BEZZECCHI KTM 1'47.256 1.433 0.150
8 22 Sam LOWES Kalex 1'47.330 1.507 0.074
9 73 Alex MARQUEZ Kalex 1'47.539 1.716 0.209
10 23 Marcel SCHROTTER Kalex 1'47.633 1.810 0.094
11 87 Remy GARDNER Kalex 1'47.742 1.919 0.109
12 35 Somkiat CHANTRA Kalex 1'47.867 2.044 0.125
13 45 Tetsuta NAGASHIMA Kalex 1'48.119 2.296 0.252
14 7 Lorenzo BALDASSARRI Kalex 1'48.137 2.314 0.018
15 41 Brad BINDER KTM 1'48.142 2.319 0.005
16 64 Bo BENDSNEYDER NTS 1'48.341 2.518 0.199
17 2 Jesko RAFFIN NTS 1'48.615 2.792 0.274
18 40 Augusto FERNANDEZ Kalex 1'48.955 3.132 0.340
19 16 Joe ROBERTS KTM 1'49.024 3.201 0.069
20 9 Jorge NAVARRO Speed Up 1'49.137 3.314 0.113
21 18 Xavi CARDELUS KTM 1'49.622 3.799 0.485
22 20 Dimas EKKY PRATAMA Kalex 1'49.637 3.814 0.015
23 77 Dominique AEGERTER MV Agusta 1'49.728 3.905 0.091
24 3 Lukas TULOVIC KTM 1'50.098 4.275 0.370
25 96 Jake DIXON KTM 1'50.698 4.875 0.600
26 65 Philipp OETTL KTM 1'51.207 5.384 0.509
27 47 Adam NORRODIN Kalex 1'52.116 6.293 0.909
28 33 Enea BASTIANINI Kalex 1'52.881 7.058 0.765
29 21 Fabio DI GIANNANTONIO Speed Up 1'52.906 7.083 0.025
  54 Mattia PASINI Kalex 1'54.098 8.275 1.192
  10 Luca MARINI Kalex      
  27 Iker LECUONA KTM      
Round Number: 
17
2019
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