2019 Phillip Island Moto2 FP2 Result: Whirlwind Martin

Some sun was back on the menu and the intermediate class enjoyed the lunch special after a soggy breakfast with plenty of gravel for dessert. Splendid conditions welcomed riders for the frantic search for both rhythm and one lap speed in just 45 minutes, with different levels of success. Exquisite rookie Jorge Martin enjoyed Phillip Island in the sun after stealing the show in the wet and the Spaniard made sure that both of Friday’s sessions ended with his name at the top of the pile.

Brad Binder had an underwhelming start to his day in the tricky conditions of FP1 but was on a charge in FP2 to trail his leading teammate by three tenths of a second, in an impressive display from KTM. Jorge Navarro also stretched his legs in the afternoon session to split the KTM domination by adding his Speed Up machine to the mix in third place. Iker Lecuona lapped the circuit for the first time this weekend after cautiously sitting out FP1 and was quick to retrieve his speed for a top four, ahead of Marco Bezzecchi.

Tetsuta Nagashima was eager to find some speed with a view to limit the damage of his upcoming grid penalty and got as high as sixth in FP2, a hundredth of a second faster than Nicolo Bulega and another six hundredths on championship leader Alex Marquez. Jesko Raffin and Stefano Manzi rounded out the top ten, while Tom Luthi missed out by half a tenth. The other championship hopeful, Augusto Fernandez, finished his Friday another couple of positions back, behind Enea Bastianini and ahead of Lorenzo Badassarri – the Italian the last to join the provisional top 14.

Results:

Pos. Num. Rider Bike Time Gap 1st Prev.
1 88 Jorge MARTIN KTM 1'33.010    
2 41 Brad BINDER KTM 1'33.353 0.343 0.343
3 9 Jorge NAVARRO Speed Up 1'33.405 0.395 0.052
4 27 Iker LECUONA KTM 1'33.474 0.464 0.069
5 72 Marco BEZZECCHI KTM 1'33.481 0.471 0.007
6 45 Tetsuta NAGASHIMA Kalex 1'33.600 0.590 0.119
7 11 Nicolo BULEGA Kalex 1'33.612 0.602 0.012
8 73 Alex MARQUEZ Kalex 1'33.675 0.665 0.063
9 2 Jesko RAFFIN NTS 1'33.728 0.718 0.053
10 62 Stefano MANZI MV Agusta 1'33.803 0.793 0.075
11 12 Thomas LUTHI Kalex 1'33.860 0.850 0.057
12 33 Enea BASTIANINI Kalex 1'33.872 0.862 0.012
13 40 Augusto FERNANDEZ Kalex 1'33.887 0.877 0.015
14 7 Lorenzo BALDASSARRI Kalex 1'33.906 0.896 0.019
15 21 Fabio DI GIANNANTONIO Speed Up 1'34.017 1.007 0.111
16 22 Sam LOWES Kalex 1'34.102 1.092 0.085
17 64 Bo BENDSNEYDER NTS 1'34.140 1.130 0.038
18 16 Joe ROBERTS KTM 1'34.153 1.143 0.013
19 87 Remy GARDNER Kalex 1'34.179 1.169 0.026
20 10 Luca MARINI Kalex 1'34.184 1.174 0.005
21 97 Xavi VIERGE Kalex 1'34.291 1.281 0.107
22 23 Marcel SCHROTTER Kalex 1'34.362 1.352 0.071
23 5 Andrea LOCATELLI Kalex 1'34.453 1.443 0.091
24 54 Mattia PASINI Kalex 1'34.525 1.515 0.072
25 77 Dominique AEGERTER MV Agusta 1'34.887 1.877 0.362
26 65 Philipp OETTL KTM 1'35.246 2.236 0.359
27 3 Lukas TULOVIC KTM 1'35.336 2.326 0.090
28 96 Jake DIXON KTM 1'35.756 2.746 0.420
29 35 Somkiat CHANTRA Kalex 1'35.923 2.913 0.167
30 18 Xavi CARDELUS KTM 1'36.696 3.686 0.773
31 47 Adam NORRODIN Kalex 1'36.757 3.747 0.061
32 20 Dimas EKKY PRATAMA Kalex 1'37.224 4.214 0.467
Round Number: 
17
2019
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Comments

Surely that move by Lowes before the checker on the front straight deserves a penalty.  He intentionaly swerved accross the bow Raffin and almost caused a massive crash!!

That move was on par with Fenati's move last year.  Disgraceful move!

Sam Lowes was cranky about something that happened earlier in the lap. Whatever it was does not justify stupid behavior like that on the track.

S.Lowes deserves any penalty he gets in my opinion.

Four KTMs in the top five in Moto2, four in the bottom 5 in MotoGP, and they're pulling out of Moto2. Makes perfect sense.