2019 Sepang Moto2 FP1 Result: Nagashima And Binder Dethrone Marquez

Patches of damp track were still pretty obvious around the circuit by the time the intermediate class took its turn to prepare for battle but the dry line was nice and wide and ready to welcome slick tyres. However, it was not exactly harmless either as Luca Marini demonstrated 15 minutes into the session, when he went down at turn 15.

Keen to avoid more midfield adventures, Alex Marquez quickly claimed top spot on the timesheets, nearing lap record and went unchallenged and with a significant gap for most of the session. Rivals were slowly closing the gap in the later stages of FP1 and it was the familiar sight of Nagashima who deposed him of the lead, after following the world championship leader around the Sepang circuit, to the Spaniard's discontent.

After spending the early part of the session over one second down on his main title rival, Brad Binder recovered ground and climbed to second, while Marquez settled for third, half a second off the lead at the checkered flag. With Tom Luthi and Jorge Navarro closely following him, all the title hopefuls started off their weekend in close proximity.

After his early spill, Marini recovered to join the top six, ahead of Marcel Schrotter and Xavi Vierge. The Italian duo of Marco Bezzecchi and Mattia Pasini rounded out the top ten, although over a second slower than the leader. The likes of Iker Lecuona, Remy Gardner or Augusto Fernandez narrowly missed out on the top ten, while Jorge Martin and Lorenzo Baldassarri were knocking on the doors of the top 15.

Results:

Pos. Num. Rider Bike Time Gap 1st Prev.
1 45 Tetsuta NAGASHIMA Kalex 2'06.300    
2 41 Brad BINDER KTM 2'06.410 0.110 0.110
3 73 Alex MARQUEZ Kalex 2'06.790 0.490 0.380
4 12 Thomas LUTHI Kalex 2'06.919 0.619 0.129
5 9 Jorge NAVARRO Speed Up 2'06.924 0.624 0.005
6 10 Luca MARINI Kalex 2'07.069 0.769 0.145
7 23 Marcel SCHROTTER Kalex 2'07.192 0.892 0.123
8 97 Xavi VIERGE Kalex 2'07.352 1.052 0.160
9 72 Marco BEZZECCHI KTM 2'07.354 1.054 0.002
10 54 Mattia PASINI Kalex 2'07.363 1.063 0.009
11 27 Iker LECUONA KTM 2'07.382 1.082 0.019
12 62 Stefano MANZI MV Agusta 2'07.386 1.086 0.004
13 87 Remy GARDNER Kalex 2'07.448 1.148 0.062
14 40 Augusto FERNANDEZ Kalex 2'07.448 1.148  
15 11 Nicolo BULEGA Kalex 2'07.461 1.161 0.013
16 88 Jorge MARTIN KTM 2'07.477 1.177 0.016
17 7 Lorenzo BALDASSARRI Kalex 2'07.543 1.243 0.066
18 5 Andrea LOCATELLI Kalex 2'07.731 1.431 0.188
19 16 Joe ROBERTS KTM 2'07.771 1.471 0.040
20 22 Sam LOWES Kalex 2'07.817 1.517 0.046
21 21 Fabio DI GIANNANTONIO Speed Up 2'07.941 1.641 0.124
22 33 Enea BASTIANINI Kalex 2'07.961 1.661 0.020
23 35 Somkiat CHANTRA Kalex 2'08.086 1.786 0.125
24 2 Jesko RAFFIN NTS 2'08.345 2.045 0.259
25 64 Bo BENDSNEYDER NTS 2'08.470 2.170 0.125
26 96 Jake DIXON KTM 2'08.612 2.312 0.142
27 77 Dominique AEGERTER MV Agusta 2'08.627 2.327 0.015
28 47 Adam NORRODIN Kalex 2'09.107 2.807 0.480
29 65 Philipp OETTL KTM 2'09.653 3.353 0.546
30 20 Dimas EKKY PRATAMA Kalex 2'10.184 3.884 0.531
31 18 Xavi CARDELUS KTM 2'10.936 4.636 0.752
32 3 Lukas TULOVIC KTM 2'11.237 4.937 0.301
Round Number: 
18
2019
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