2021 Austin Moto2 FP1 Result: Rapid Raul

The intermediate class got the best of the conditions on Friday morning, with a pretty convincing dry line but lap times were still quite a way off the usual in Texas. The glimpse of sunshine helped riders improve their times throughout FP1 and the lead changed hands frequently, until Raul Fernandez claimed the headlines on his final flying lap. The rookie made a fast start, almost two tenths of a second faster than Bo Bendsneyder, who also bided his time to climb the timesheets. Marcos Ramirez put his name at the top for quite a bit of the session, before dropping to third, narrowly ahead of Marcel Schrotter. A slightly bigger gap kept Augusto Fernandez in fifth, followed by Jake Dixon and local favourite Cameron Beaubier.

Tony Arbolino, Hafizh Syahrin and Aron Canet completed the top 10, while Remy Gardner in 11th position was the final rider posting a time within a second of his teammate. Albert Arenas, Fabio Di Giannantonio and Sam Lowes provisionally hold top 14 placements, the British rider dropping down the timesheets after briefly leading earlier in the session. At the other end of the timesheets, Stefano Manzi could not take part in the action on Friday, as sanction for not notifying Race Direction prior to testing and exceeding the test day limit in the lead-up to this race weekend.

Results:

Pos No. Rider Bike Time Diff Prev
1 25 Raul Fernandez Kalex 2'13.589    
2 64 Bo Bendsneyder Kalex 2'13.786 0.197 0.197
3 42 Marcos Ramirez Kalex 2'13.800 0.211 0.014
4 23 Marcel Schrotter Kalex 2'13.826 0.237 0.026
5 37 Augusto Fernandez Kalex 2'14.190 0.601 0.364
6 96 Jake Dixon Kalex 2'14.212 0.623 0.022
7 6 Cameron Beaubier Kalex 2'14.338 0.749 0.126
8 14 Tony Arbolino Kalex 2'14.370 0.781 0.032
9 55 Hafizh Syahrin NTS 2'14.453 0.864 0.083
10 44 Aron Canet Boscoscuro 2'14.505 0.916 0.052
11 87 Remy Gardner Kalex 2'14.521 0.932 0.016
12 75 Albert Arenas Boscoscuro 2'14.594 1.005 0.073
13 21 Fabio Di Giannantonio Kalex 2'14.654 1.065 0.060
14 22 Sam Lowes Kalex 2'14.704 1.115 0.050
15 11 Nicolò Bulega Kalex 2'14.832 1.243 0.128
16 35 Somkiat Chantra Kalex 2'14.867 1.278 0.035
17 97 Xavi Vierge Kalex 2'15.100 1.511 0.233
18 72 Marco Bezzecchi Kalex 2'15.145 1.556 0.045
19 12 Thomas Luthi Kalex 2'15.189 1.600 0.044
20 7 Lorenzo Baldassarri MV Agusta 2'15.325 1.736 0.136
21 70 Barry Baltus NTS 2'15.340 1.751 0.015
22 9 Jorge Navarro Boscoscuro 2'15.776 2.187 0.436
23 16 Joe Roberts Kalex 2'15.826 2.237 0.050
24 54 Fermín Aldeguer Boscoscuro 2'15.924 2.335 0.098
25 45 Tetsuta Nagashima Kalex 2'15.984 2.395 0.060
26 24 Simone Corsi MV Agusta 2'16.138 2.549 0.154
27 79 Ai Ogura Kalex 2'16.198 2.609 0.060
28 13 Celestino Vietti Kalex 2'16.593 3.004 0.395
29 40 Hector Garzo Kalex 2'17.752 4.163 1.159
  62 Stefano Manzi Kalex      
Round Number: 
15
2021
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