2021 Emilia-Romagna Moto2 FP1 Result: Bulega Thrives In The Wet

Rain had stopped by the time the intermediate class came out to play but the sky was still dark and the circuit still wet, causing some trouble early in the session, with turn 16 catching out Aron Canet, Jake Dixon and Sam Lowes in quick succession. Once things settled, a trio of names exchanged the lead of the session, Nicolò Bulega the eventual victor of FP1, demoting Augusto Fernandez by six hundredths of a second, while early session leader Joe Roberts eventually dropped down to eighth.

Rookie Tony Arbolino enjoyed the return to home soil and got promoted to third by a cancelled lap time for Roberts, while compatriot Celestino Vietti climbed into fourth. Hector Garzo snuck ahead of Marco Bezzecchi on his final couple of flying laps, while Barry Baltus held onto seventh place despite a late crash. Marcel Schrotter and Raul Fernandez rounded out the top 10 positions as the final riders to post a time within a second of the leader.

Cameron Beaubier, Xavi Vierge, Tom Luthi and Mattia  Casadei provisionally hold top 14 places, while Remy Gardner did not take much risk in the tricky conditions and ended the morning down in 15th place, ahead of Jorge Navarro. The Spaniard had provided some entertainment with a save earlier on, but Bo Bendsneyder provided the headline act in the final couple of minutes, with a pretty incredible save of a high side at turn 15.

Results:

Pos No. Rider Bike Time Diff Prev
1 11 Nicolò Bulega Kalex 1'48.541    
2 37 Augusto Fernandez Kalex 1'48.604 0.063 0.063
3 14 Tony Arbolino Kalex 1'48.864 0.323 0.260
4 13 Celestino Vietti Kalex 1'48.902 0.361 0.038
5 40 Hector Garzo Kalex 1'48.910 0.369 0.008
6 72 Marco Bezzecchi Kalex 1'48.969 0.428 0.059
7 70 Barry Baltus NTS 1'48.989 0.448 0.020
8 16 Joe Roberts Kalex 1'49.098 0.557 0.109
9 23 Marcel Schrotter Kalex 1'49.289 0.748 0.191
10 25 Raul Fernandez Kalex 1'49.305 0.764 0.016
11 6 Cameron Beaubier Kalex 1'49.407 0.866 0.102
12 97 Xavi Vierge Kalex 1'49.430 0.889 0.023
13 12 Thomas Luthi Kalex 1'49.581 1.040 0.151
14 27 Mattia Casadei Kalex 1'49.652 1.111 0.071
15 87 Remy Gardner Kalex 1'49.667 1.126 0.015
16 9 Jorge Navarro Boscoscuro 1'49.825 1.284 0.158
17 54 Fermín Aldeguer Boscoscuro 1'49.844 1.303 0.019
18 44 Aron Canet Boscoscuro 1'49.918 1.377 0.074
19 79 Ai Ogura Kalex 1'49.935 1.394 0.017
20 35 Somkiat Chantra Kalex 1'49.968 1.427 0.033
21 21 Fabio Di Giannantonio Kalex 1'50.092 1.551 0.124
22 75 Albert Arenas Boscoscuro 1'50.233 1.692 0.141
23 7 Lorenzo Baldassarri MV Agusta 1'50.335 1.794 0.102
24 22 Sam Lowes Kalex 1'50.687 2.146 0.352
25 64 Bo Bendsneyder Kalex 1'51.031 2.490 0.344
26 24 Simone Corsi MV Agusta 1'51.043 2.502 0.012
27 62 Stefano Manzi Kalex 1'51.295 2.754 0.252
28 96 Jake Dixon Kalex 1'52.216 3.675 0.921
29 42 Marcos Ramirez Kalex 1'52.735 4.194 0.519
30 10 Tommaso Marcon NTS 1'52.760 4.219 0.025
Round Number: 
16
2021
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