2019 Valencia Moto2 FP1 Result: Manzi Surprises At The Front

The final FP1 session of the day was a sunny and cool affair for the intermediate class but cold tyres were less of a problem than mechanical issues on their first outing of the weekend in Valencia. Freshly crowned world champion Alex Marquez was on fire early on, but not literally like Ducati earlier in the day, the Spaniard steadily climbing to the top of the timesheets by the halfway point of the session. However, Marquez got some unusual competition from Stefano Manzi, the Italian consistently fast throughout the session and taking the checkered flag from the top of the timesheets.

Manzi ended the morning half a tenth faster than Brad Binder, with some more familiar faces behind the South African. Sam Lowes joined the top three, narrowly ahead of top rookies Fabio Di Giannantonio and Jorge Martin. Tetsuta Nagashima in sixth was only three tenths off the lead, with the Spanish trio of Jorge Navarro, Xavi Vierge and Marquez also within half a second of top spot. Luca Marini rounded out the top ten, with Joe Roberts, Marcel Schrotter, Mattia Pasini and Lorenzo Baldassarri in the provisional top 14 positions. Not particularly worrying yet, but Tom Luthi finished the session in an unlikely 15th position. Meanwhile, Enea Bastianini and Augusto Fernandez were hit by technical niggles, leaving them outside of the top 15.

Results:

Pos. Num. Rider Bike Time Gap 1st Prev.
1 62 Stefano MANZI MV Agusta 1'35.699    
2 41 Brad BINDER KTM 1'35.745 0.046 0.046
3 12 Thomas LUTHI Kalex 1'35.898 0.199 0.153
4 22 Sam LOWES Kalex 1'35.900 0.201 0.002
5 21 Fabio DI GIANNANTONIO Speed Up 1'35.917 0.218 0.017
6 88 Jorge MARTIN KTM 1'35.931 0.232 0.014
7 45 Tetsuta NAGASHIMA Kalex 1'36.008 0.309 0.077
8 9 Jorge NAVARRO Speed Up 1'36.114 0.415 0.106
9 97 Xavi VIERGE Kalex 1'36.128 0.429 0.014
10 73 Alex MARQUEZ Kalex 1'36.193 0.494 0.065
11 10 Luca MARINI Kalex 1'36.210 0.511 0.017
12 16 Joe ROBERTS KTM 1'36.235 0.536 0.025
13 23 Marcel SCHROTTER Kalex 1'36.257 0.558 0.022
14 54 Mattia PASINI Kalex 1'36.305 0.606 0.048
15 7 Lorenzo BALDASSARRI Kalex 1'36.353 0.654 0.048
16 11 Nicolo BULEGA Kalex 1'36.439 0.740 0.086
17 35 Somkiat CHANTRA Kalex 1'36.672 0.973 0.233
18 40 Augusto FERNANDEZ Kalex 1'36.701 1.002 0.029
19 72 Marco BEZZECCHI KTM 1'36.742 1.043 0.041
20 96 Jake DIXON KTM 1'36.812 1.113 0.070
21 87 Remy GARDNER Kalex 1'36.851 1.152 0.039
22 64 Bo BENDSNEYDER NTS 1'37.037 1.338 0.186
23 5 Andrea LOCATELLI Kalex 1'37.101 1.402 0.064
24 77 Dominique AEGERTER MV Agusta 1'37.433 1.734 0.332
25 65 Philipp OETTL KTM 1'37.482 1.783 0.049
26 33 Enea BASTIANINI Kalex 1'37.515 1.816 0.033
27 3 Lukas TULOVIC KTM 1'37.830 2.131 0.315
28 20 Dimas EKKY PRATAMA Kalex 1'38.189 2.490 0.359
29 70 Tommaso MARCON NTS 1'38.326 2.627 0.137
30 47 Adam NORRODIN Kalex 1'38.497 2.798 0.171
31 18 Xavi CARDELUS KTM 1'38.520 2.821 0.023
32 69 Sean Dylan KELLY KTM 1'38.524 2.825 0.004
Round Number: 
19
2019
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