2018 Valencia Moto2 FP3 Result: Vierge Back To The Top

Rain evaded the intermediate class action but the drying surface meant that both red sectors and unlucky fallers were the order of the day. Remy Gardner in particular had a bit of both, the Tech 3 rider having a big highside while leading in the first 15 minutes of the session. Despite the misfortune, it took until well past the halfway mark of the session for anyone to threaten his lead. Iker Lecuona was the main threat all along and the threat became reality in the final third of the session, when the Spaniard picked up top spot. Fairly familiar with each other’s company, Pecco Bagnaia and Miguel Oliveira spent their sessions in close company towards the bottom of the top ten but then the Portuguese rider made a sudden move to snatch top spot. That was not the end of the story, the final couple of minutes seeing plenty of colour on the timescreens and Xavi Vierge brought it home by one tenth of a second ahead of Sam Lowes.

Oliveira dropped to third, while Niki Tuuli made it as high as fourth despite an early tumble. Early leader Gardner rejoined the action to secure fifth, half a second off the leader and marginally ahead of Alex Marquez and Lecuona. Jesko Raffin had a great morning in eighth position, ahead of Lorenzo Baldassarri and Jorge Navarro – the Italian ending the session with a tip off in turn two.

The likes of Marcel Schrotter and Fabio Quartararo missed out on top ten positions but still finished within eight tenths of a second of the leader. Pasini finished 16th while adding his name to the crash list, while Bagnaia cautiously circulated in 17th spot.

Results:

Pos. Num. Rider Bike Time Gap 1st Prev.
1 97 Xavi VIERGE Kalex 1'47.297    
2 22 Sam LOWES KTM 1'47.640 0.343 0.343
3 44 Miguel OLIVEIRA KTM 1'47.734 0.437 0.094
4 66 Niki TUULI Kalex 1'47.812 0.515 0.078
5 87 Remy GARDNER Tech 3 1'47.871 0.574 0.059
6 73 Alex MARQUEZ Kalex 1'47.923 0.626 0.052
7 27 Iker LECUONA KTM 1'47.927 0.630 0.004
8 2 Jesko RAFFIN Kalex 1'47.940 0.643 0.013
9 7 Lorenzo BALDASSARRI Kalex 1'47.950 0.653 0.010
10 9 Jorge NAVARRO Kalex 1'48.059 0.762 0.109
11 23 Marcel SCHROTTER Kalex 1'48.068 0.771 0.009
12 20 Fabio QUARTARARO Speed Up 1'48.076 0.779 0.008
13 5 Andrea LOCATELLI Kalex 1'48.374 1.077 0.298
14 40 Augusto FERNANDEZ Kalex 1'48.422 1.125 0.048
15 24 Simone CORSI Kalex 1'48.479 1.182 0.057
16 54 Mattia PASINI Kalex 1'48.480 1.183 0.001
17 42 Francesco BAGNAIA Kalex 1'48.489 1.192 0.009
18 16 Joe ROBERTS NTS 1'48.530 1.233 0.041
19 41 Brad BINDER KTM 1'48.584 1.287 0.054
20 77 Dominique AEGERTER KTM 1'48.589 1.292 0.005
21 36 Joan MIR Kalex 1'48.956 1.659 0.367
22 89 Khairul Idham PAWI Kalex 1'49.044 1.747 0.088
23 14 Hector GARZO Tech 3 1'49.148 1.851 0.104
24 10 Luca MARINI Kalex 1'49.181 1.884 0.033
25 4 Steven ODENDAAL NTS 1'49.189 1.892 0.008
26 45 Tetsuta NAGASHIMA Kalex 1'49.232 1.935 0.043
27 3 Lukas TULOVIC Suter 1'49.394 2.097 0.162
28 95 Jules DANILO Kalex 1'49.711 2.414 0.317
29 21 Federico FULIGNI Kalex 1'50.044 2.747 0.333
30 18 Xavi CARDELUS Kalex 1'50.184 2.887 0.140
31 32 Isaac VIÑALES Suter 1'50.737 3.440 0.553
32 70 Tommaso MARCON Speed Up 1'51.408 4.111 0.671
Round Number: 
19
2018
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