2017 Aragon Moto2 FP3 Result: Morbidelli Gets One Back On Pasini

With the tiniest bit of experience on a dry Motorland Aragon from Friday afternoon, there was more consistency in the hierarchy of the intermediate class. Surprising no one, world championship leader Franco Morbidelli planted his flag at the top of the timesheets as soon as he hit the track.

FP2 leader Mattia Pasini was the only rider not to improve on his Friday time straight away, the Italian testing some new aero developments. Unconcerned with the issue, the Italtrans rider instantly found some speed in the final fifteen minutes to head straight to the top of the timesheets and relegate Morbidelli to second in a repeat of FP2. Unlike FP2, Morbidelli retaliated on the very last lap and snuck ahead by a mere hundredth of a second.

While the leaders might not have raised any eyebrows, Takaaki Nakagami in third and especially Sandro Cortese in fourth, finished within a tenth of a second of the world championship leader. The gaps were equally unsubstantial throughout the field, the top twenty riders covered by one second.

Back to fifth place, Miguel Oliveira continued his consistent performance less than two tenths slower than Morbidelli. Behind the Portuguese rider was his main rival for third position in the championship, Alex Marquez. The Spaniard was still in significant pain but proved more competitive than in the wet and scored a sixth place in race trim.

Simone Corsi might have looked at an elite tow from Morbidelli for his last run but could not reach quite as high as on Friday, the Italian down in seventh. The top ten was completed by an increasingly impressive Jorge Navarro, a disappointing Tom Luthi (although only three tenths down on his title rival) and an average result for Pecco Bagnaia in tenth place.

Some of the names that shone in recent races had rather lacklustre mornings, Luca Marini sixteenth, Dominique Aegerter seventeenth, Xavi Vierge nineteenth and Lorenzo Baldassarri twenty-first.

Results:

Pos. Num. Rider Bike Time Gap 1st Prev.
1 21 Franco MORBIDELLI Kalex 1'54.200    
2 54 Mattia PASINI Kalex 1'54.210 0.010 0.010
3 30 Takaaki NAKAGAMI Kalex 1'54.216 0.016 0.006
4 11 Sandro CORTESE Suter 1'54.295 0.095 0.079
5 44 Miguel OLIVEIRA KTM 1'54.376 0.176 0.081
6 73 Alex MARQUEZ Kalex 1'54.398 0.198 0.022
7 24 Simone CORSI Speed Up 1'54.408 0.208 0.010
8 9 Jorge NAVARRO Kalex 1'54.508 0.308 0.100
9 12 Thomas LUTHI Kalex 1'54.555 0.355 0.047
10 42 Francesco BAGNAIA Kalex 1'54.583 0.383 0.028
11 49 Axel PONS Kalex 1'54.689 0.489 0.106
12 37 Augusto FERNANDEZ Speed Up 1'54.768 0.568 0.079
13 40 Fabio QUARTARARO Kalex 1'54.800 0.600 0.032
14 23 Marcel SCHROTTER Suter 1'54.844 0.644 0.044
15 19 Xavier SIMEON Kalex 1'54.895 0.695 0.051
16 10 Luca MARINI Kalex 1'54.971 0.771 0.076
17 77 Dominique AEGERTER Suter 1'55.048 0.848 0.077
18 87 Remy GARDNER Tech 3 1'55.136 0.936 0.088
19 97 Xavi VIERGE Tech 3 1'55.185 0.985 0.049
20 41 Brad BINDER KTM 1'55.204 1.004 0.019
21 7 Lorenzo BALDASSARRI Kalex 1'55.234 1.034 0.030
22 57 Edgar PONS Kalex 1'55.268 1.068 0.034
23 45 Tetsuta NAGASHIMA Kalex 1'55.332 1.132 0.064
24 55 Hafizh SYAHRIN Kalex 1'55.356 1.156 0.024
25 27 Iker LECUONA Kalex 1'55.489 1.289 0.133
26 62 Stefano MANZI Kalex 1'55.559 1.359 0.070
27 2 Jesko RAFFIN Kalex 1'55.583 1.383 0.024
28 4 Steven ODENDAAL NTS 1'55.682 1.482 0.099
29 89 Khairul Idham PAWI Kalex 1'55.842 1.642 0.160
30 5 Andrea LOCATELLI Kalex 1'55.873 1.673 0.031
31 32 Isaac VIÑALES Kalex 1'55.888 1.688 0.015
32 22 Federico FULIGNI Kalex 1'56.091 1.891 0.203
33 20 Joe ROBERTS Kalex 1'56.114 1.914 0.023
34 6 Tarran MACKENZIE Suter 1'57.141 2.941 1.027

 

Round Number: 
14
2017
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