2021 Algarve Moto2 FP2 Result: Raul Fernandez Takes Over

The intermediate class closed day one in Portugal in breezy but sunny conditions and with significant improvements on the timesheets, Raul Fernandez taking over at the front by only two thousandths of a second from Sam Lowes. Remy Gardner’s third place doesn’t tell the full story of his eventful end to the session, clipping the back of Marcos Ramirez and flying into the gravel trap at turn 15. Thankfully both riders were up and walking in no time, but giving their teams a lot of work tonight.

Nothing too dramatic happened for Jorge Navarro and the Spaniard made late progress, after a slower start, to join the top 10 all the way up to fourth, with rookie Ai Ogura joining him in the top five. Aron Canet drops to sixth, ahead of the Sky Racing duo of Marco Bezzecchi and rookie Celestino Vietti. Augusto Fernandez made a cautious start after the crash suffered in FP1 but managed to find enough speed for ninth place in the session, with compatriot Xavi Vierge completing the top 10.

Marcel Schrotter, Fabio Di Giannantonio, Cameron Beaubier and Jake Dixon joined the combined top 14 but with another sunny morning forecasted for Saturday, there should be another opportunity to sneak straight into Q2 for the likes of Stefano Manzi, Albert Arenas or Nicolò Bulega. Fermín Aldeguer, Marcos Ramirez and Hector Garzo also missed out, despite being less than a second off top spot.

Results:

Pos No. Rider Bike Time Diff Prev
1 25 Raul Fernandez Kalex 1'43.246    
2 22 Sam Lowes Kalex 1'43.248 0.002 0.002
3 87 Remy Gardner Kalex 1'43.368 0.122 0.120
4 9 Jorge Navarro Boscoscuro 1'43.372 0.126 0.004
5 79 Ai Ogura Kalex 1'43.445 0.199 0.073
6 44 Aron Canet Boscoscuro 1'43.446 0.200 0.001
7 72 Marco Bezzecchi Kalex 1'43.563 0.317 0.117
8 13 Celestino Vietti Kalex 1'43.581 0.335 0.018
9 37 Augusto Fernandez Kalex 1'43.692 0.446 0.111
10 97 Xavi Vierge Kalex 1'43.702 0.456 0.010
11 23 Marcel Schrotter Kalex 1'43.726 0.480 0.024
12 21 Fabio Di Giannantonio Kalex 1'43.744 0.498 0.018
13 6 Cameron Beaubier Kalex 1'43.753 0.507 0.009
14 96 Jake Dixon Kalex 1'43.868 0.622 0.115
15 62 Stefano Manzi Kalex 1'43.869 0.623 0.001
16 75 Albert Arenas Boscoscuro 1'43.872 0.626 0.003
17 11 Nicolò Bulega Kalex 1'44.077 0.831 0.205
18 54 Fermín Aldeguer Boscoscuro 1'44.149 0.903 0.072
19 42 Marcos Ramirez Kalex 1'44.161 0.915 0.012
20 40 Hector Garzo Kalex 1'44.190 0.944 0.029
21 55 Hafizh Syahrin NTS 1'44.268 1.022 0.078
22 12 Thomas Luthi Kalex 1'44.314 1.068 0.046
23 35 Somkiat Chantra Kalex 1'44.354 1.108 0.040
24 16 Joe Roberts Kalex 1'44.498 1.252 0.144
25 24 Simone Corsi MV Agusta 1'44.590 1.344 0.092
26 64 Bo Bendsneyder Kalex 1'44.643 1.397 0.053
27 14 Tony Arbolino Kalex 1'44.711 1.465 0.068
28 45 Tetsuta Nagashima Kalex 1'44.903 1.657 0.192
29 70 Barry Baltus NTS 1'45.093 1.847 0.190
30 74 Piotr Biesiekirski Kalex 1'45.945 2.699 0.852
31 7 Lorenzo Baldassarri MV Agusta 1'46.789 3.543 0.844
Round Number: 
17
2021
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