2021 Austin Moto2 FP2 Result: No Rival For Raul

Track surface was nice and dry for the final session of the day but despite the improved conditions, no one found a cure for the speed of Raul Fernandez. After leading a damp FP1, the rookie was quick to resume the lead with a significant advantage early in FP2 and resisted all challengers to end Friday at the top of the timesheets. Teammate Remy Gardner had a more difficult session, starting at the bottom of the top 15 and needing some lengthy repairs after an unfortunate collision with Tetsuta Nagashima mid-session. However, the championship leader was quick to get up to speed and threatened Fernandez in the final time attack, reducing his lead to two tenths of a second. Sam Lowes had a brief stint in the lead before settling for third, six tenths behind the rookie.

Speaking of rookies, Tony Arbolino also made a solid start in Texas, showing the way to Aron Canet in the top five. Augusto Fernandez kept close in sixth, while Simone Corsi in seventh position was the final rider to post a time within a second of the leader. Jake Dixon, Marco Bezzecchi and Marcel Schrotter rounded out the top 10 positions, while Marcos Ramirez, Xavi Vierge, Ai Ogura and home favourite Cameron Beaubier make up the provisional top 14, leaving Fabio Di Giannantonio out by only nine thousandths of a second. Luck didn’t help Jorge Navarro much either, the Spaniard only putting four dry laps on the board due to technical issues, possibly a consequence of an early crash in FP1.

Results:

Pos No. Rider Bike Time Diff Prev
1 25 Raul Fernandez Kalex 2'09.880    
2 87 Remy Gardner Kalex 2'10.079 0.199 0.199
3 22 Sam Lowes Kalex 2'10.534 0.654 0.455
4 14 Tony Arbolino Kalex 2'10.673 0.793 0.139
5 44 Aron Canet Boscoscuro 2'10.709 0.829 0.036
6 37 Augusto Fernandez Kalex 2'10.773 0.893 0.064
7 24 Simone Corsi MV Agusta 2'10.838 0.958 0.065
8 96 Jake Dixon Kalex 2'10.975 1.095 0.137
9 72 Marco Bezzecchi Kalex 2'11.026 1.146 0.051
10 23 Marcel Schrotter Kalex 2'11.032 1.152 0.006
11 42 Marcos Ramirez Kalex 2'11.140 1.260 0.108
12 97 Xavi Vierge Kalex 2'11.176 1.296 0.036
13 79 Ai Ogura Kalex 2'11.210 1.330 0.034
14 6 Cameron Beaubier Kalex 2'11.255 1.375 0.045
15 21 Fabio Di Giannantonio Kalex 2'11.264 1.384 0.009
16 64 Bo Bendsneyder Kalex 2'11.302 1.422 0.038
17 35 Somkiat Chantra Kalex 2'11.391 1.511 0.089
18 75 Albert Arenas Boscoscuro 2'11.439 1.559 0.048
19 55 Hafizh Syahrin NTS 2'11.467 1.587 0.028
20 12 Thomas Luthi Kalex 2'11.505 1.625 0.038
21 16 Joe Roberts Kalex 2'11.615 1.735 0.110
22 70 Barry Baltus NTS 2'11.774 1.894 0.159
23 11 Nicolò Bulega Kalex 2'11.836 1.956 0.062
24 54 Fermín Aldeguer Boscoscuro 2'11.983 2.103 0.147
25 9 Jorge Navarro Boscoscuro 2'12.085 2.205 0.102
26 7 Lorenzo Baldassarri MV Agusta 2'12.135 2.255 0.050
27 13 Celestino Vietti Kalex 2'12.624 2.744 0.489
28 45 Tetsuta Nagashima Kalex 2'12.844 2.964 0.220
29 40 Hector Garzo Kalex 2'13.007 3.127 0.163
  62 Stefano Manzi Kalex      
Round Number: 
15
2021
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