2017 Le Mans Moto2 FP3 Result: Bagnaia and Morbidelli Fly The Academy Flag

The intermediate class was finally graced with a fully dry session, with the occasional damp patch seriously testing the riders’ attention – to more or less success, with several crashes and plenty of replay-worthy moments.

Franco Morbidelli was back to his usual antics, which meant taking the lead and letting everyone else try and catch up. Pecco Bagnaia accepted that challenge and he proved to be just as fast in the dry as he was in the wet around Le Mans, the Italian topping the session in his final few laps. Morbidelli dropped less than a tenth behind his VR46 Academy colleague to secure second position.

Tom Luthi posted the exact same time as Morbidelli but a slower second-fastest lap meant that he was officially third in the session. Luca Marini had another impressive run, the Forward Racing rider popping up to fourth position in the final few minutes.

Dominique Aegerter was another late addition to the top five, followed by Axel Pons, the Spaniard half a second down on Bagnaia. Mattia Pasini was well-placed into the top five before getting himself acquainted with the turn thirteen gravel trap and eventually having his best time cancelled for exceeding track limits, that dropping him down to nineteenth position. Miguel Oliveira also shared some off track adventures of his own and only managed to place twelfth in the session.

After topping a wet FP2, Alex Marquez started his Saturday with a massive high-side in turn six, his bike also collecting Iker Lecuona, both riders walking away on their own and taking a detour to the medical centre. Unfortunately, Lecuona was eventually declared unfit, having damaged his previously injured collarbone.

Results:

Pos. Num. Rider Bike Time Gap 1st Prev.
1 42 Francesco BAGNAIA Kalex 1'37.386    
2 21 Franco MORBIDELLI Kalex 1'37.477 0.091 0.091
3 12 Thomas LUTHI Kalex 1'37.477 0.091  
4 10 Luca MARINI Kalex 1'37.629 0.243 0.152
5 77 Dominique AEGERTER Suter 1'37.849 0.463 0.220
6 49 Axel PONS Kalex 1'37.891 0.505 0.042
7 19 Xavier SIMEON Kalex 1'38.017 0.631 0.126
8 88 Ricard CARDUS KTM 1'38.030 0.644 0.013
9 68 Yonny HERNANDEZ Kalex 1'38.036 0.650 0.006
10 24 Simone CORSI Speed Up 1'38.043 0.657 0.007
11 11 Sandro CORTESE Suter 1'38.073 0.687 0.030
12 44 Miguel OLIVEIRA KTM 1'38.077 0.691 0.004
13 97 Xavi VIERGE Tech 3 1'38.121 0.735 0.044
14 40 Fabio QUARTARARO Kalex 1'38.233 0.847 0.112
15 55 Hafizh SYAHRIN Kalex 1'38.234 0.848 0.001
16 30 Takaaki NAKAGAMI Kalex 1'38.237 0.851 0.003
17 7 Lorenzo BALDASSARRI Kalex 1'38.267 0.881 0.030
18 9 Jorge NAVARRO Kalex 1'38.304 0.918 0.037
19 54 Mattia PASINI Kalex 1'38.330 0.944 0.026
20 32 Isaac VIÑALES Kalex 1'38.533 1.147 0.203
21 45 Tetsuta NAGASHIMA Kalex 1'38.546 1.160 0.013
22 5 Andrea LOCATELLI Kalex 1'38.550 1.164 0.004
23 23 Marcel SCHROTTER Suter 1'38.755 1.369 0.205
24 2 Jesko RAFFIN Kalex 1'38.755 1.369  
25 62 Stefano MANZI Kalex 1'39.310 1.924 0.555
26 27 Iker LECUONA Kalex 1'39.495 2.109 0.185
27 47 Axel BASSANI Speed Up 1'39.677 2.291 0.182
28 87 Remy GARDNER Tech 3 1'39.704 2.318 0.027
29 73 Alex MARQUEZ Kalex 1'39.707 2.321 0.003
30 6 Tarran MACKENZIE Suter 1'39.708 2.322 0.001
31 57 Edgar PONS Kalex 1'40.476 3.090 0.768
32 89 Khairul Idham PAWI Kalex 1'41.656 4.270 1.180

 

Round Number: 
5
2017
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