2020 Jerez Moto2 FP1 Result: Marini Makes His Mark

After a long wait to resume action, the intermediate class stepped onto the hot surface of the Circuit of Jerez and challenged for the lead of their first practice session in over four months. SKY Racing stole the show for much of the proceedings, with Marco Bezzecchi leading the way early on, before teammate Luca Marini took over for the final time attack and patiently watched the final few minutes from the comfort of his garage.

Jorge Navarro settled for second but only half a tenth behind Marini, while Bezzecchi in third was over three tenths down. The championship leader saw his final lap time cancelled due to exceeding track limits but Tetsuta Nagashima's early achievement was good enough for fourth in FP1. Marcel Schrotter joined the top five, with Sam Lowes seemingly recovered, well settled in the Marc VDS squad and up in sixth on his first proper outing for the squad.

Jorge Martin, Fabio Di Giannantonio, Joe Roberts and Hafizh Syahrin shared the rest of the top ten, although Tom Luthi in 11th position was still within half a second of the leader. The class veteran might have improved his time had it not been for a late and quite bizarre crash at turn one. Qatar podium men Lorenzo Baldassarri and Enea Bastianini lingered in the provisional top 14 but will hope to progress some more throughout the weekend.

Results:

Pos. Num. Rider Bike Time Gap 1st Prev.
1 10 Luca MARINI Kalex 1'41.410    
2 9 Jorge NAVARRO Speed Up 1'41.458 0.048 0.048
3 72 Marco BEZZECCHI Kalex 1'41.725 0.315 0.267
4 45 Tetsuta NAGASHIMA Kalex 1'41.736 0.326 0.011
5 23 Marcel SCHROTTER Kalex 1'41.752 0.342 0.016
6 22 Sam LOWES Kalex 1'41.781 0.371 0.029
7 88 Jorge MARTIN Kalex 1'41.785 0.375 0.004
8 21 Fabio DI GIANNANTONIO Speed Up 1'41.860 0.450 0.075
9 16 Joe ROBERTS Kalex 1'41.882 0.472 0.022
10 55 Hafizh SYAHRIN Speed Up 1'41.888 0.478 0.006
11 12 Thomas LUTHI Kalex 1'41.896 0.486 0.008
12 7 Lorenzo BALDASSARRI Kalex 1'41.965 0.555 0.069
13 33 Enea BASTIANINI Kalex 1'41.987 0.577 0.022
14 35 Somkiat CHANTRA Kalex 1'42.057 0.647 0.070
15 42 Marcos RAMIREZ Kalex 1'42.133 0.723 0.076
16 11 Nicolo BULEGA Kalex 1'42.148 0.738 0.015
17 44 Aron CANET Speed Up 1'42.190 0.780 0.042
18 87 Remy GARDNER Kalex 1'42.211 0.801 0.021
19 97 Xavi VIERGE Kalex 1'42.212 0.802 0.001
20 37 Augusto FERNANDEZ Kalex 1'42.214 0.804 0.002
21 62 Stefano MANZI MV Agusta 1'42.348 0.938 0.134
22 24 Simone CORSI MV Agusta 1'42.495 1.085 0.147
23 96 Jake DIXON Kalex 1'42.568 1.158 0.073
24 27 Andi Farid IZDIHAR Kalex 1'42.576 1.166 0.008
25 40 Hector GARZO Kalex 1'42.580 1.170 0.004
26 64 Bo BENDSNEYDER NTS 1'42.664 1.254 0.084
27 57 Edgar PONS Kalex 1'42.692 1.282 0.028
28 19 Lorenzo DALLA PORTA Kalex 1'43.127 1.717 0.435
29 2 Jesko RAFFIN NTS 1'43.854 2.444 0.727
30 99 Kasma DANIEL Kalex 1'43.987 2.577 0.133
Round Number: 
2
2020
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