2021 Assen Moto2 FP2 Result: Garzo Surprises Fernandez

As the forecast made clear from the beginning, the weather wasn’t going to give riders an easy weekend in Assen but rain poured down even quicker than expected, soaking the track by the time the intermediate class resumed action for the afternoon session. Given the conditions, there was no time to be found on the combined standings and the battle for the top 14 moves on to Saturday morning but there was still a wet FP2 to be claimed. The top of the timesheets saw quite a collection of names while riders got accustomed to the conditions, but in the end it was Hector Garzo who proved quickest by three hundredths of a second. Despite his recent injury, the Spaniard led the way from compatriot Augusto Fernandez, who remained the fastest man of the day courtesy of his FP1 time. After briefly putting his name at the top of the timesheets, Nicolò Bulega stayed in the top three, while early session leader Aron Canet was fourth and half a second off top spot.

Joe Roberts, Sam Lowes and Jake Dixon also enjoyed short stints at the top before taking positions five to seven, while Xavi Vierge was the final rider to post a time within a second of the leader. Marco Bezzecchi and Fabio Di Giannantonio completed the top 10, while the Red Bull KTM Ajo duo that usually steals the headlines had a low key afternoon. Remy Gardner ended the session in 18th place, with teammate Raul Fernandez in 23rd position. Jorge Navarro also did not feature heavily in the session, having suffered a technical issue early in the session, which limited his running to only six laps. With FP3 expected to be back to dry conditions, there should be another opportunity to change the Q2 line-up on Saturday morning.

Results:

Pos No. Rider Bike Time Diff Prev
1 40 Hector Garzo Kalex 1'47.617    
2 37 Augusto Fernandez Kalex 1'47.651 0.034 0.034
3 11 Nicolò Bulega Kalex 1'48.111 0.494 0.460
4 44 Aron Canet Boscoscuro 1'48.169 0.552 0.058
5 16 Joe Roberts Kalex 1'48.225 0.608 0.056
6 22 Sam Lowes Kalex 1'48.275 0.658 0.050
7 96 Jake Dixon Kalex 1'48.408 0.791 0.133
8 97 Xavi Vierge Kalex 1'48.504 0.887 0.096
9 72 Marco Bezzecchi Kalex 1'48.637 1.020 0.133
10 21 Fabio Di Giannantonio Kalex 1'48.670 1.053 0.033
11 35 Somkiat Chantra Kalex 1'48.688 1.071 0.018
12 12 Thomas Luthi Kalex 1'49.080 1.463 0.392
13 18 Manuel Gonzalez MV Agusta 1'49.175 1.558 0.095
14 14 Tony Arbolino Kalex 1'49.269 1.652 0.094
15 70 Barry Baltus NTS 1'49.521 1.904 0.252
16 23 Marcel Schrotter Kalex 1'49.631 2.014 0.110
17 2 Alonso Lopez Boscoscuro 1'49.645 2.028 0.014
18 87 Remy Gardner Kalex 1'49.845 2.228 0.200
19 19 Lorenzo Dalla Porta Kalex 1'50.216 2.599 0.371
20 24 Simone Corsi MV Agusta 1'50.224 2.607 0.008
21 55 Hafizh Syahrin NTS 1'50.458 2.841 0.234
22 75 Albert Arenas Boscoscuro 1'50.560 2.943 0.102
23 25 Raul Fernandez Kalex 1'50.984 3.367 0.424
24 64 Bo Bendsneyder Kalex 1'51.429 3.812 0.445
25 62 Stefano Manzi Kalex 1'51.461 3.844 0.032
26 79 Ai Ogura Kalex 1'51.617 4.000 0.156
27 42 Marcos Ramirez Kalex 1'51.812 4.195 0.195
28 6 Cameron Beaubier Kalex 1'51.895 4.278 0.083
29 13 Celestino Vietti Kalex 1'54.980 7.363 3.085
30 9 Jorge Navarro Boscoscuro 1'55.040 7.423 0.060
Round Number: 
9
2021
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