2021 Assen Moto2 FP1 Result: The Fernandez Show

Two riders named Fernandez topped the timesheets in the Moto2 class at Assen. The first session of practice saw Marc VDS rider Augusto finish ahead of Red Bull KTM Ajo rider Raul (no relation), the two men being the only riders to get into the 1'36 bracket.

Championship leader Remy Gardner ended FP1 in third, a quarter of a second behind his teammate Raul Fernandez, and a tenth of a second ahead of Jorge Navarro. Simone Corsi put the MV Agusta into fifth spot.

Results:

Pos No. Rider Bike Time Diff Prev
1 37 Augusto Fernandez Kalex 1'36.744    
2 25 Raul Fernandez Kalex 1'36.887 0.143 0.143
3 87 Remy Gardner Kalex 1'37.132 0.388 0.245
4 9 Jorge Navarro Boscoscuro 1'37.269 0.525 0.137
5 24 Simone Corsi MV Agusta 1'37.396 0.652 0.127
6 35 Somkiat Chantra Kalex 1'37.484 0.740 0.088
7 72 Marco Bezzecchi Kalex 1'37.541 0.797 0.057
8 62 Stefano Manzi Kalex 1'37.556 0.812 0.015
9 16 Joe Roberts Kalex 1'37.622 0.878 0.066
10 21 Fabio Di Giannantonio Kalex 1'37.710 0.966 0.088
11 96 Jake Dixon Kalex 1'37.757 1.013 0.047
12 14 Tony Arbolino Kalex 1'37.758 1.014 0.001
13 22 Sam Lowes Kalex 1'37.792 1.048 0.034
14 44 Aron Canet Boscoscuro 1'37.805 1.061 0.013
15 11 Nicolò Bulega Kalex 1'37.836 1.092 0.031
16 12 Thomas Luthi Kalex 1'37.847 1.103 0.011
17 23 Marcel Schrotter Kalex 1'37.878 1.134 0.031
18 6 Cameron Beaubier Kalex 1'37.923 1.179 0.045
19 13 Celestino Vietti Kalex 1'38.016 1.272 0.093
20 2 Alonso Lopez Boscoscuro 1'38.104 1.360 0.088
21 97 Xavi Vierge Kalex 1'38.163 1.419 0.059
22 64 Bo Bendsneyder Kalex 1'38.247 1.503 0.084
23 19 Lorenzo Dalla Porta Kalex 1'38.476 1.732 0.229
24 75 Albert Arenas Boscoscuro 1'38.564 1.820 0.088
25 70 Barry Baltus NTS 1'38.876 2.132 0.312
26 40 Hector Garzo Kalex 1'38.968 2.224 0.092
27 79 Ai Ogura Kalex 1'39.041 2.297 0.073
28 42 Marcos Ramirez Kalex 1'39.169 2.425 0.128
29 55 Hafizh Syahrin NTS 1'39.318 2.574 0.149
  18 Manuel Gonzalez MV Agusta      
Round Number: 
9
2021
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Comments

but I'm always curious when THE control class (same engines, virtually all same chassis) can be much more spread out, and has generally always been. Is it because the set up and more complex electronics with the Triumph has enough variables to create the gaps and the stretch from first to last?

I believe it's because the bikes are fast enough that the best riders can get away as some can't use the full potential of the bike. In Moto3 virtually everyone can use the full potential of the bike so no one can get away from the pack and the slipstream determines all.