2020 Portimao Moto2 FP2 Result: Lowes Surrenders To Marini

The final session of the day in Portimao saw intermediate class riders in no rush to improve FP1 times but the pace picked up for the final time attack and FP2 set things up nicely in the title battle. Luca Marini and Sam Lowes were some of the main men spending time at the top of the timing screens and it was the Italian one step (and one tenth) ahead at the checkered flag. Lowes overcame clearly visible pain after last week’s crash and showed good speed to finish second, one hundredth of a second faster than a resurgent Lorenzo Baldassarri. Both the Italian and Remy Gardner snuck ahead of Enea Bastianini on their final laps, to break up a top 3 of title contenders and demote the championship leader to fifth, three tenths off top spot.

The remaining top 10 positions were covered by one tenth of a second, starting with Xavi Vierge in sixth, closely followed by Jorge Navarro, Fabio Di Giannantonio, Marco Bezzecchi, and Hector Garzo. Augusto Fernandez missed out on a top 10 position by 8 thousandths of a second, after leading early on, while the remaining places in the combined top 14 went to Nicolo Bulega, Stefano Manzi and FP1 leader Marcos Ramirez.

One of the usual suspects, Jorge Martin, lost precious track time after his machine started smoking as he headed out of pitlane and did not make it past turn 5. The Spaniard had to sit out the session while getting a new engine installed.

Results:

Pos No. Rider Bike Time Diff Prev
1 10 Luca Marini Kalex 1'42.941    
2 22 Sam Lowes Kalex 1'43.123 0.182 0.182
3 7 Lorenzo Baldassarri Kalex 1'43.139 0.198 0.016
4 87 Remy Gardner Kalex 1'43.222 0.281 0.083
5 33 Enea Bastianini Kalex 1'43.257 0.316 0.035
6 97 Xavi Vierge Kalex 1'43.314 0.373 0.057
7 9 Jorge Navarro Speed Up 1'43.358 0.417 0.044
8 21 Fabio Di Giannantonio Speed Up 1'43.381 0.440 0.023
9 72 Marco Bezzecchi Kalex 1'43.402 0.461 0.021
10 40 Hector Garzo Kalex 1'43.414 0.473 0.012
11 37 Augusto Fernandez Kalex 1'43.422 0.481 0.008
12 11 Nicolò Bulega Kalex 1'43.488 0.547 0.066
13 62 Stefano Manzi MV Agusta 1'43.516 0.575 0.028
14 42 Marcos Ramirez Kalex 1'43.559 0.618 0.043
15 12 Thomas Luthi Kalex 1'43.597 0.656 0.038
16 45 Tetsuta Nagashima Kalex 1'43.598 0.657 0.001
17 64 Bo Bendsneyder NTS 1'43.634 0.693 0.036
18 77 Dominique Aegerter NTS 1'43.662 0.721 0.028
19 44 Aron Canet Speed Up 1'43.748 0.807 0.086
20 16 Joe Roberts Kalex 1'43.756 0.815 0.008
21 35 Somkiat Chantra Kalex 1'44.022 1.081 0.266
22 57 Edgar Pons Kalex 1'44.293 1.352 0.271
23 23 Marcel Schrotter Kalex 1'44.491 1.550 0.198
24 19 Lorenzo Dalla Porta Kalex 1'44.745 1.804 0.254
25 55 Hafizh Syahrin Speed Up 1'44.859 1.918 0.114
26 99 Kasma Daniel Kalex 1'44.980 2.039 0.121
27 27 Andi Farid Izdihar Kalex 1'45.230 2.289 0.250
28 24 Simone Corsi MV Agusta 1'45.389 2.448 0.159
  88 Jorge Martin Kalex      
Round Number: 
15
2020
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