2019 Sepang Moto2 FP2 Result: Martin Crashes The Party

The plotline for FP2 ended up fairly similar to the first session of the day, with Alex Marquez setting camp at the top of the timesheets and holding on until the usual time attack, although the gap was not quite as comfortable as in the morning. Regardless, the championship leader maintained prime position for a significant portion of the session and showed quietly confident pace, with his main challengers in close pursuit. With question marks around the weather on Saturday morning, the final five minutes were reserved for a push for the combined top 14.

The end result was not too dramatic, Jorge Martin finding enough time on fresh rubber to demote Marquez – the rookie no longer a surprise on the top spot of timesheets. Tetsuta Nagashima followed through on a top result in FP1 by sneaking ahead of Marquez at the checkered flag and snatching second away from the Spaniard. Marquez settled for third, three and a half tenths behind the leading KTM and about a tenth ahead of rival Brad Binder, who made a late jump into fourth. Jorge Navarro joined the top five, narrowly ahead of Tom Luthi – the title rivals keeping close heading into a crucial point in the championship.

Rookie Fabio Di Giannantonio found his feet after a difficult few races and climbed to seventh in FP2, ahead of the significantly more experienced duo of Xavi Vierge and Mattia Pasini, while Augusto Fernandez went a bit under the radar at the bottom end of the top ten. The final provisional top 14 positions were secured by Sam Lowes, Marcel Schrotter, Remy Gardner and Luca Marini, leaving Marco Bezzecchi, Iker Lecuona, Enea Bastianini or Lorenzo Baldassarri out of the equation for Q2.

Results:

Pos. Num. Rider Bike Time Gap 1st Prev.
1 88 Jorge MARTIN KTM 2'05.968    
2 45 Tetsuta NAGASHIMA Kalex 2'06.197 0.229 0.229
3 73 Alex MARQUEZ Kalex 2'06.328 0.360 0.131
4 41 Brad BINDER KTM 2'06.457 0.489 0.129
5 9 Jorge NAVARRO Speed Up 2'06.503 0.535 0.046
6 12 Thomas LUTHI Kalex 2'06.554 0.586 0.051
7 21 Fabio DI GIANNANTONIO Speed Up 2'06.581 0.613 0.027
8 97 Xavi VIERGE Kalex 2'06.654 0.686 0.073
9 54 Mattia PASINI Kalex 2'06.672 0.704 0.018
10 40 Augusto FERNANDEZ Kalex 2'06.680 0.712 0.008
11 22 Sam LOWES Kalex 2'06.772 0.804 0.092
12 23 Marcel SCHROTTER Kalex 2'06.773 0.805 0.001
13 87 Remy GARDNER Kalex 2'06.829 0.861 0.056
14 10 Luca MARINI Kalex 2'06.894 0.926 0.065
15 72 Marco BEZZECCHI KTM 2'07.075 1.107 0.181
16 5 Andrea LOCATELLI Kalex 2'07.086 1.118 0.011
17 35 Somkiat CHANTRA Kalex 2'07.153 1.185 0.067
18 27 Iker LECUONA KTM 2'07.156 1.188 0.003
19 33 Enea BASTIANINI Kalex 2'07.168 1.200 0.012
20 77 Dominique AEGERTER MV Agusta 2'07.314 1.346 0.146
21 7 Lorenzo BALDASSARRI Kalex 2'07.315 1.347 0.001
22 11 Nicolo BULEGA Kalex 2'07.519 1.551 0.204
23 62 Stefano MANZI MV Agusta 2'07.726 1.758 0.207
24 2 Jesko RAFFIN NTS 2'08.011 2.043 0.285
25 64 Bo BENDSNEYDER NTS 2'08.317 2.349 0.306
26 96 Jake DIXON KTM 2'08.375 2.407 0.058
27 16 Joe ROBERTS KTM 2'08.574 2.606 0.199
28 20 Dimas EKKY PRATAMA Kalex 2'09.017 3.049 0.443
29 65 Philipp OETTL KTM 2'09.285 3.317 0.268
30 47 Adam NORRODIN Kalex 2'09.326 3.358 0.041
31 3 Lukas TULOVIC KTM 2'09.400 3.432 0.074
32 18 Xavi CARDELUS KTM 2'10.230 4.262 0.830
Round Number: 
18
2019
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