2019 Barcelona Moto2 FP2 Result: Spotlight On Fernandez

With the forecast for Saturday looking decent and most of the usual suspects looking good in the provisional top 14, FP2 did not have much in store for the highlights reel. Enea Bastianini narrowly avoiding an airfence and Jorge Navarro following a technical with a tumble were the major contenders but the spotlight eventually stopped in the Flexbox HP 40 garage, where Augusto Fernandez continues to cast a little shadow over his championship leading teammate. The Spaniard brought a smile to the home crowds by leading FP2 ahead of Tom Luthi but the Swiss rider’s FP1 benchmark remained the fastest time of the day.

Alex Marquez finished little over a tenth slower than his leading compatriot, with Lorenzo Baldassarri and Bastianini joining the top five. Mere hundredths separated the rest of the top ten, Luca Marini showing the way to Navarro, Fabio Di Giannantonio, Andrea Locatelli and Simone Corsi. Brad Binder also finished within half a second of the lead and Xavi Vierge dropped to 12th but looking much more comfortable on the combined standings.

Marcel Schrotter and Sam Lowes followed up a challenging FP1 with a low key FP2 and despite being left out of provisional top 14 glory, both were circulating within seven tenths of the leader, with the top 20 covered by a second.

Results:

Pos. Num. Rider Bike Time Gap 1st Prev.
1 40 Augusto FERNANDEZ Kalex 1'44.782    
2 12 Thomas LUTHI Kalex 1'44.870 0.088 0.088
3 73 Alex MARQUEZ Kalex 1'44.910 0.128 0.040
4 7 Lorenzo BALDASSARRI Kalex 1'44.955 0.173 0.045
5 33 Enea BASTIANINI Kalex 1'44.994 0.212 0.039
6 10 Luca MARINI Kalex 1'45.021 0.239 0.027
7 9 Jorge NAVARRO Speed Up 1'45.099 0.317 0.078
8 21 Fabio DI GIANNANTONIO Speed Up 1'45.151 0.369 0.052
9 5 Andrea LOCATELLI Kalex 1'45.227 0.445 0.076
10 24 Simone CORSI Kalex 1'45.228 0.446 0.001
11 41 Brad BINDER KTM 1'45.245 0.463 0.017
12 97 Xavi VIERGE Kalex 1'45.301 0.519 0.056
13 45 Tetsuta NAGASHIMA Kalex 1'45.329 0.547 0.028
14 64 Bo BENDSNEYDER NTS 1'45.349 0.567 0.020
15 22 Sam LOWES Kalex 1'45.419 0.637 0.070
16 11 Nicolo BULEGA Kalex 1'45.451 0.669 0.032
17 23 Marcel SCHROTTER Kalex 1'45.462 0.680 0.011
18 87 Remy GARDNER Kalex 1'45.579 0.797 0.117
19 94 Jonas FOLGER Kalex 1'45.588 0.806 0.009
20 4 Steven ODENDAAL NTS 1'45.804 1.022 0.216
21 27 Iker LECUONA KTM 1'45.900 1.118 0.096
22 77 Dominique AEGERTER MV Agusta 1'45.954 1.172 0.054
23 62 Stefano MANZI MV Agusta 1'46.176 1.394 0.222
24 88 Jorge MARTIN KTM 1'46.310 1.528 0.134
25 35 Somkiat CHANTRA Kalex 1'46.712 1.930 0.402
26 3 Lukas TULOVIC KTM 1'46.725 1.943 0.013
27 72 Marco BEZZECCHI KTM 1'46.815 2.033 0.090
28 96 Jake DIXON KTM 1'46.839 2.057 0.024
29 16 Joe ROBERTS KTM 1'46.942 2.160 0.103
30 20 Dimas EKKY PRATAMA Kalex 1'47.029 2.247 0.087
31 65 Philipp OETTL KTM 1'47.340 2.558 0.311
32 18 Xavi CARDELUS KTM 1'47.632 2.850 0.292
Round Number: 
7
2019
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Comments

Fair enough. The focus of the spotlight should be at the top of the grid. The more glowing spotlight should be focused on KTM in Moto 2. 'Get out of Dodge' is probably weighing heavy on their rider's minds right now.